Sadly, scarring and disfigurement are common consequences of many accidents, and can be both difficult and expensive to treat. They can also be painful and uncomfortable and involve psychological and emotional trauma, impeding the victim’s ability to return to his or her normal, everyday activities.
If your child was injured as the result of an electrical burn, it may have been due to a defective product or the negligence of someone who was supervising the child. In those cases, it may be appropriate to speak with an experienced child injury attorney to find out what your options are, especially if you are facing exorbitant medical costs as a result.
A contact burn is typically the result of a child’s skin having direct contact with a hot object such as a curling iron, cigarette lighter, fireplace, grill, kitchen instrument, candle or other hot object or flame. These burns–often second-degree burns–can be the result of accidents. They can result from leaving hot objects within a child’s reach or because of defective products produced without appropriate warning labels. They can even result from placing a child in a car seat or safety belt that has been exposed to the sun for too long.
According to the American Burn Association, chemical burns account for three percent of all burn center admissions. The biggest risk factor is a child’s easy access to these chemicals in the home. Children can swallow toxic substances, like drain cleaner or laundry detergent, or spill bleach on their skin. Chemical burns which occur in the eyes or to the mouth require immediate medical attention. In some instances exposure to certain chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid, may not cause immediate pain to your child. A slow, deep pain develops with hydrofluoric acid.
Every day, children are burned by hot water or food. These incidents send young children to the emergency room on a regular basis. The biggest culprits are typically hot foods—sometimes still on the stove—as well as hot bath water and spilled drinks, such as hot coffee. Children can suffer from first, second, or third degree burns as a result of coming into contact with hot foods and liquids.
Today, burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury for young children. These burns can require hospitalization and can involve years of treatments and even permanent disfigurement, depending upon their severity. In addition, depending upon the severity and location of the burn, they can also, in the worst circumstances, lead to death.
Every day 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms all across the United States for burn injuries. Approximately 20,000 children under the age of 4 are hospitalized every year because of burn injuries. Everyday at least 2 children die from burn injuries. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are especially susceptible to scald burns caused by hot liquids and steam while older children usually sustain flame burns.
Hundreds people die every year from complications due to burns and even more experience non-fatal burn injuries and permanent scarring. Burn accidents can happen anywhere: at work, home or in a restaurant. Defective equipment, negligence and the carelessness of others are usually to blame. Burn victims almost always have the right get compensated for their pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and scarring injuries.
Scars on the hands, neck or face serve as a constant reminder for an accident and often conjure up memories of a traumatic event. They can also have a serious effect on a person’s self-image and self-esteem.
Scars are caused by many different kinds of accidents. Dog bites, burn accidents, motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and premises liability accidents are but a few of the types of accidents that are capable of producing scars.