Fire and Burn Injury
Burn injuries are some of most catastrophic personal injuries suffered and are often the result of a wide variety of events, ranging from residential fires to car accidents to workplace explosions. At Tobias, McCormick & Comer, our Mobile burn injury lawyers have handled burn injuries involving numerous causes, including apartment fires, building fires, workplace explosions, maritime and tanker explosions, motor vehicle accidents, and defective products.
According to the CDC, over 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention every year. Approximately 50,000 of these required hospitalization, with 20,000 having major burns involving at least 25 percent of their total body surface.
With respect to the cause of burn injuries, of 486,000 burn injuries recently reviewed, there were 2,745 deaths from residential fires, 310 deaths from vehicle crash fires, and 220 death from other sources. With respect to hospital admissions for burn injuries, the majority were due to fire or flame exposure, with almost 73% of the injuries occurring in the home.
The burn injury lawyers at Tobias, McCormick & Comer advise everyone to purchase, use, and check smoke alarms, as a functioning smoke alarm cuts your chances of dying in a fire by half.
When a burn injury occurs at work, the employer and its insurance carrier will often try to limit the payouts on behalf of the injured worker due to worker’s compensation laws. For this reason, it is critically important that burn victims or their families contact competent burn injury lawyers in the Mobile area as soon as possible, as the injured worker may be able to file a worker’s compensation claim as well as other types of lawsuits. It is also important in workplace fire/explosion accidents to contact competent lawyers who can represent your interests and secure experts to inspect and preserve critical evidence establishing the cause and origin of the fire or explosion. The same holds true for individuals injured by fires or explosions in other settings such as residential fires- the other side will be investigating the cause and origin of the fire; it is important that you hire competent lawyers who can do the same for you.
Burn victims are often unable to return to work and activities of daily living following catastrophic burn injuries due to permanent physical limitations caused by the burn themselves. Physical problems include scarring, disfigurement, tissue damage, infections, organ failure, loss of senses, respiratory problems, and permanent pain and disability. Another significant injury often found with burn injuries is psychological, as many burn victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with associated nightmares, flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD.
If you suffer a burn injury, seek medical treatment immediately. Today, over 96% of burn victims treated in burn centers will survive. Unfortunately, many of those who survive sustain life-altering physical and emotional injuries that they suffer for the rest of their lives. Accordingly, it is very important to consult with medical professionals who have experience with burn victims, and burn injury lawyers who are experienced with addressing the numerous hurdles burn victims and their families face, both physically and emotionally.
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Contact the experienced and compassionate burn injury lawyers at Tobias, McCormick & Comer immediately if you or a loved one has experienced a significant burn injury. We handle cases all along the Alabama Gulf Coast, including Mobile, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Saraland, and Satsuma.