National Burn Awareness Week in St. Louis, Missouri
Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Burn injuries are far more common than one would think. According to The American Burn Association, a general estimate of 450,000 burn injuries occur that require medical treatment. This figure was attained by a federal survey of hospital emergency room departments. Furthermore, approximately 3,500 fire and burn deaths occur annually. Fire and smoke fatalities are grouped together as sometime it is difficult to always distinguish the cause of fatality being burn or smoke. Approximately 45,000 hospitalizations occur and over half of these require a special burn unit of the hospital. These numbers do not include burns due to appliances like curling irons, irons, sun burns or other types of burns.
There are approximately 41,000 heat burns that are related to work environments: 16,500 that are related to the retail trades, 9,500 in manufacturing and as well as 15,700 chemical burns. 8,600 victims of burns work in the service industry. Each burn incident that is not serious is still considered to cost the injured and the employer an average of four days in lost work/wages.
Victims of burns including residential or work fires and chemical burns suffer greatly and can be disfiguring. Injury or death by burning is nightmarish and horrific for the injured and the entire family. Seeking a personal injury attorney during this difficult time is a priority in order to launch a full investigation and determine all factors involved in the fire or chemical burn. Burns can be caused by so many factors including residential fires, faulty electrical wiring, defective product, and negligence.
When a company or individual is negligent and a burned victim is the result, then as a client, you need your rights represented. Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has represented victims of various kinds of fires. For his expertise in this difficult time, call 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation to determine if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim.