Burn injuries are second to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported per year. Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals; 75,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. From the approximately 2.4 million burn injuries there are between 8,000 and 12,000 burn injury patients that will die from their injuries. There are nearly 1 million burn victims that will have permanent disabilities.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.
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 physician’s fees. For extensive burns, there are additional significant costs which will include costs for repeat admission for reconstruction and for rehabilitation.
- Children 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. The next most frequent area is in the bathroom.
- Burns and fires are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children 14 and under and the third leading cause of accidental death for adults.
- Scalds are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children and are 40% of the burn injuries for children up to age 14.
At O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley we leave no stone unturned. We hire experts and specialists to review hospital records, and determine the financial impact of the burn injuries. Our dedication to your case and superior investigatory skills allow us to create a strong argument for your compensation. We have 50 years of litigation experience, the expertise and a proven track record of success.
The attorneys at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley are well known and respected throughout the legal community and among our clients. From our offices in Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Sacramento, we serve clients throughout Northern California. Our experience and expertise are available to you.