Burn Incidence and Treatment Facts
A severe burn injury can cause physical and emotional pain — and the treatments and therapies throughout the healing and recovery process can pose financial burdens for the victim and their family. Whether work-related or caused by a traumatic accident, here are some facts on how often burn injuries occur and how they are treated.
Types of Burn Injuries
Before we can understand a burn victim’s survival rate, it's essential to know that burns are categorized into three different degrees and range from minor to severe. Here is a brief explanation of each type of burn:
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin and are considered minor without blistering and typically do not take long to heal.
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath the skin and may show some blistering. This type of burn could take one to three weeks to fully heal.
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissue. This is the most severe type of burn and can be life-threatening and produce permanent scarring and disfigurement.
How Often Do Burn Injuries Happen?
According to the latest statistics reported by the American Burn Association, in 2016, 486,000 burn injuries were treated in medical facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, community health centers, and private medical offices. First and second-degree burns are typically not life-threatening, and most people can recover. However, a third-degree burn can have life-threatening complications. Here are some additional 2016 statistics reported by the American Burn Association:
- There were 2,745 deaths from residential fires.
- 310 deaths from vehicle crash fires.
- One death occurs every 2 hours and 41 minutes (civilian).
- The chances of dying from fire exposure are 1 in 1,442.
- 220 deaths were from other sources.
For anyone involved in a fire, not only can skin burns be an issue, but smoke inhalation can compound complications for a burn victim.
Suffered a Burn Injury? We are Here For You.
Sustaining a burn injury is a traumatic experience, and when the injury is life-threatening and permanent, it can be that much more devastating. Not only do the long-term effects take a toll on burn victims physically, but they can also pose mental health challenges and financial burdens.
When a burn injury happens because of another's carelessness, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is in your corner to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their careless actions. We are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. at (816) 298-8708 and discuss your potential case with us today.