Thermal Burn Injuries
Injury Resource Center of Michigan
Each year it is estimated that more than 2 million people in the United States suffer from thermal burns. In the home, most burn injuries occur in the kitchen and bathroom. However, most deaths from burn-related injuries occur in the bedroom. At work, males are more likely than women to die of burn injuries because of the concentration of males in occupations such as firefighting and factory or foundry work. After motor vehicle and drowning accidents, burn injuries are the third most common cause of accidental death in children, especially in boys under the age of 10. Scalds from hot liquids and burns from open flames on the stove are a common source of injuries in young children.
When skin tissue comes in contact with flame, radiant heat or hot liquids, thermal burns most always occur. Minor thermal burns, classified first degree burns, generally are not life threatening. Extensive second degree burns or third and fourth degree burns that involve muscles and organs require emergency medical treatment to prevent widespread damage to respiratory and vascular systems of the body.
Recovery from severe thermal burns involves treatment other than immediate care of the wounds, including special diet considerations and pain management. Children, pregnant women and the elderly are at greater risk of complications and death from severe burn injuries. Complications may involve infection, gastrointestinal, neurological or musculoskeletal problems that require lengthy hospital stays for burn patients. Unfortunately, many survivors of severe burn injuries suffer physical deformities, chronic pain from scars and psychiatric complications which may require long-term emotional and physical therapy.
If you, a friend or loved one have suffered burn injuries in an accident or from a defective product, you need to talk with an experienced Michigan injury lawyer who will obtain the maximum degree of justice for you. Contact The Law Offices of Henry M. Hanflik by completing the online form, or by calling toll-free 1 (888) 905-4632.
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