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Summer will be here soon and so will the hot days, outdoor fun, and long hours spent lounging by the pool. For many people, summer also means fireworks. According to a report by the Bakersfield Fire Department Arson Units and BFD/BPD Fireworks Enforcement Teams from 2016, there were 864 fireworks related calls and three serious fireworks related injuries that year.
These injuries included a 25 year old male who was burned by an exploding bottle rocket, and a two year old girl who suffered second and third degree burns on her legs from an aerial device. These injuries, like most fire related injuries, are preventable.
The majority of all burns are caused by preventable accidents like dropped cigarettes, unattended cooking, or children playing with matches or lighters. But many burn injuries are also caused by defective products, bad wiring, or heating and water heater accidents.
Burn injuries are serious and can physically and psychologically devastate victims for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic burn injury, you need to speak with an experienced Bakersfield burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will recover all the compensation you may be entitled to so that you can focus on you recovery and on your loved ones.
According to data compiled by the American Burn Association, about 450,000 people a year require hospital and emergency room treatment for their burn injuries. This figure does not tell the entire story because it does not account for burn injuries treated in clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers. Of the 450,000 burn victims treated every year, about 3,400 resulted in death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state that burns and fire related accidents are the third leading cause of death in the home. To provide context, in 2010, a fire related death occurred every 169 minutes and fire related injuries occurred every 30 minutes. The cost of fire and burn related injuries a year is estimated at $7.5 billion dollars.
Burn injuries go far beyond dollar amounts. A person’s skin is not just a covering for the body. It is an organ that is responsible for crucial bodily functions. Depending on the severity of a burn injury, burn victims may lose their natural ability to fight against disease and dehydration. Severe burns can destroy skin elasticity, sweat glands, and hair follicles, causing issues with mobility and breathing.
Unfortunately, many burn victims will also suffer from psychological scars that make it impossible to ever live a normal life.
According to the The American Burn Association:
When determining liability after a burn injury, an experienced Bakersfield burn injury lawyer will consider how the burn happened and where it is located on a victim’s body. Establishing how a burn happened will determine both liability and degree of liability.
The location of a burn on a person’s body is important because if a burn is located on a visible part of the plaintiff’s body, such as on their face, a victim is more likely to experience embarrassment and emotional distress. Therefore, the amount awarded to a plaintiff for pain and suffering will depend on where the burn is located on his or her body.
Was the victim injured by an accident or a deliberate act? There are instances where the defendant who caused the injury acted with malice or recklessness. In these cases, a burn victim may be entitled to punitive damages, which are separate from the normal damages they would already be entitled to for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and etc.
If you or a loved one suffered burn injuries in the Bakersfield area, contact an experienced Bakersfield burn injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Bakersfield burn injury lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling toll free at (661) 347-3610.