Whether caused by explosions, chemical burns, or residential home fires, burns are some of the most painful and life-threatening injuries a human being can endure. Depending on how you sustained your specific burn injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses, to cover your mounting medical expenses and other damages.
At Davis Levin Livingston, we understand how overwhelming it can be to pursue an injury claim while you’re trying to recover and rest. That’s why our skilled Hawaii burn accident attorneys are committed to taking care of the details for you, and clearing any obstacles that stand in the way of recovery. As a leading personal injury firm, we have the resources to fight on your behalf and increase your chances of getting justice.
For more information about our legal services in Hawaii, call (808) 740-0633 or contact us online.
What Causes Most Burn Injuries?
According to the American Burn Association, more than 486,000 burn injuries require emergency hospital treatment and specialized burn therapy each year. Although the majority of these conditions are caused by residential fires, there are a wide range of causes for burn injuries, ranging from the minor to the extremely severe.
In spite of the diversity of causes, all burn injuries exhibit very similar characteristics— and extreme burns can quickly become fatal. Burn injury symptoms range from slight skin redness and small blisters to irreparable bodily damage, and treatment can include complex surgical procedures like skin grafting or organ reconstruction.
Here are a few of the most common causes:
- Gas explosions
- Faulty electrical equipment
- Automobile accidents
- Flammable clothing
- Battery acid, typically from cars
- Home cooking accidents
- Defective smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Scalding liquid, such as overheated coffee
- Ammonia and bleach products
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that burn injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death in residential properties. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) also estimates that in 2016, there were 3,515 fire-related deaths across the country, with many of those involving children between infancy and 14 years old. Although the current fire death rate of 10.9 per million people may represent a steady decrease over time, it’s still too many lives lost due to preventable fires.
Seeking Compensation for Catastrophic Burns
If you’ve sustained major burns, it’s possible that there could be a negligent party behind your accident. Many home fires are caused by inattentive landlords that have neglected to maintain their property, and many explosions begin with an industrial accident or car crash. In these scenarios — and in many others — you may be able to hold an individual or organization accountable for your injuries.
At Davis Levin Livingston, we can help you accomplish that by offering skilled legal representation for complex burn injury cases. Dedicated to the success of our clients, we’ll use more than four decades of legal experience to show that negligence took place, and that you need financial recovery for your injuries.
Call (808) 740-0633 today for a confidential consultation with our team in Hawaii.