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Burn Injury Lawsuits

In the United States, approximately 3.5 million burn injuries are reported per year. Medical professionals treat approximately 750,000 of the injuries; (100,000 are hospitalized). Of those hospitalized, 30,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. Approximately14, 000 burn injuries result in fatalities. Approximately 1.5 million burn victims sustain considerable or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury.

Burn injuries are second to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Children, age’s newborn to two-years-old are most frequently admitted for emergency burn care in a hospital. The kitchen is the most frequent area in the home where burn injuries occur for children newborn to four. The next most frequent area is in the bathroom.

The National Burn Information Exchange indicates that after the age of 60, the risk of burn injury is greater than at any time since childhood and the average size of the burn is larger than for any other age group. Burns are one of the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat. For example, a burn of 30% of total body area can cost as much as $200,000 in initial hospitalization costs and for physician’s fees.

For extensive burns, there are additional significant costs that will include costs for repeat admission for reconstruction and for rehabilitation. The most common burn injuries are:

  • Car Accidents
  • Gas Explosions
  • Scalding/ Hot Water
  • Electrical Accidents
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Gasoline Spills
  • Household Fires
  • Defective Citronella Candles
  • Lighters & Matches

Types of Burns:

First degree burns are minor burns involving only the top layer of skin. Sunburns are examples of first-degree burns. This type of burn is red and hot, but there is no swelling or blistering.

Second degree burns involve the top layer of skin as well as part of the layers underneath. The skin is a light red and blistery, somewhat swollen and moist and oozing. The pain is extremely severe.

Third degree burns involve all the layers of the skin. The burn will destroy the nerves and the blood vessels in the skin. There is very little pain at first. The burn area is white, yellow, black or cherry red. The skin will be dry and leathery. As the burns heal there will be dense scarring and possible skin grafting.

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GE Ranges Recalled for Fire, Burn Hazard

Apr 9, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
General Electric (GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Kentucky) has recalled about 28,000 of its GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Ranges due to fire and burn hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The wiring in the rear of the GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Range can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.  GE is aware of 47 reports of overheated wiring, including 33 reports of wiring that caught fire.  Of...

DaimlerChrysler recalls nearly 111,700 Jeeps on faulty seat warmers

Jun 12, 2006 | AFP
DaimlerChrysler will recall nearly 111,700 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports utility vehicles, after a faulty seat warmer led to fires in 32 of the cars, the automaker said. No injuries or accidents were reported resulted from the flaw, which affects 2003 and 2004 Grand Cherokee models. The company said it began using carbon fiber seat heat elements in place of resistive wire heating elements in September 2002. The seats also used a toggle switch that can be locked into place. If left on however,...

CPSC and Big Lots Stores Inc. Announce Recall of 233,000 Sets of Tea Light Candles that Pose Fire and Burn Hazard

Mar 2, 2006 | Newsinferno News Staff
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Big Lots Stores Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, have announced the recall of some 233,000 sets of Harvest Brand Tea Light Candles because the candles can burn with a high flame and melt the plastic holders. This poses a fire and a burn hazard to consumers.Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.The recalled candles were manufactured in China and sold at Big Lots stores exclusively nationwide from July 2005 through October 2005 for about $1.To...

CPSC and Victoria's Secret Direct Announce Recall of Silk Kimono Tops that Pose Burn Risk

Feb 26, 2006 | Newsinferno News Staff
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Victoria’s Secret Direct, of Columbus, Ohio, have announced the voluntary recall of some 500 Silk Kimono Tops manufactured in the United States by Single of Los Angeles, California. Consumers should stop using the product immediately.Of the 500 units manufactured by Single, 57 were sold to consumers by Victoria’s Secret Direct. No incidents have been reported to date.The kimono tops are made of fabric that fails to meet mandatory standards...

Royal Oak hospital to pay $1.1 million for burned boy

Dec 21, 2005 | AP
A Lawsuit Over A Fire That Burned A Premature Baby. A Royal Oak hospital has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit over a fire that burned a premature baby.Oakland County Circuit Judge Gene Schnelz on Tuesday approved the settlement between the parents of Nathan Laporte, now 8, and William Beaumont Hospital.In May, a jury awarded $8.25 million to the family, but state-mandated caps on such awards reduced the award to about $570,000.Craig and Shelley Laporte of Macomb County's...

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