Leading Causes of Accidents Resulting in Burns
Some of the leading causes of burn injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Building fires
- Construction zone accidents
- Refinery accidents
- Natural gas explosions
- Chemical burns
- Hot water, steam, and oil burns
- Heating oil accidents
- Appliance-related fires, such as fires caused by furnaces
- Defective products
Negligence often plays a role in fire-related accidents. For instance, motorists who fail to operate their vehicles in a safe manner may cause an accident that results in a fire, which leads to burn injuries. Employers who fail to implement safety regulations, provide workers with adequate safety training, and properly maintain their protective equipment may also be responsible for incidents that lead to burn injuries. Manufacturers that market and sell defective equipment and appliances, from unsafe motor vehicles to defective gas grills, could also cause burn injury accidents through their negligence.
Potential Lifelong Impairments from Burn Injuries
Burns often have a negative impact on a victim’s overall quality of life. They can cause long-term health problems related to scarring, pain, itching, weakness, and the body’s ability to maintain a stable temperature.
People who’ve been badly burned may not be able to participate in activities they once loved, might have trouble with self-care, and may struggle with body image issues, depression, and anxiety, among other mental health problems. Some also struggle with substance abuse, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and PTSD. The kinds of compensation you may be entitled to will – to a significant extent – depend on the ways in which your burns have affected your life.