Personal Injury Claims Involving Severe Burn Injuries in Georgia


September 26, 2016

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Personal Injury Claims Involving Severe Burn Injuries

A severe burn injury can cause overwhelming pain and disfigurement, requiring a long and difficult course of medical treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation. There are many types of personal injury accidents that can result in devastating burn injuries. In this blog article, our Atlanta burn injury accident attorneys provide information related to legal claims following accidents that result in catastrophic burn injuries. Severe burn injuries not only cause disfigurement and severe pain but also extreme psychological challenges. More than two and a half million individuals suffer burn injuries annually. Over 486,000 of those burn victims suffered injuries serious enough to need medical treatment, and over 40,000 were hospitalized in 2016 according to the American Burn Association.

Common Causes of Serious Burn Injuries

If you suffer a catastrophic burn injury caused by the unreasonably careless or reckless conduct of an individual, business, or public entity, you may have a right to compensation for the physical and emotional harm that you experience. There are many causes of severe burn injuries, including the following:

Residential/Commercial Structural Fire: Fires to structures are often caused by substandard construction or faulty wiring that violates building codes and other structural safety standards. Structural fires may also be caused by other forms of negligence, including defective or faulty gas lines, faulty wiring, careless smoking, unsupervised fires in fireplaces, and a multitude of other factors.

Motor Vehicle Accidents: Anytime you are involved in a motor vehicle collision involving a negligent driver, there is a risk of injury from fire or explosion. Damage to a motor vehicle can cause a gasoline leak, which can ignite and cause horrific burn injuries. If you are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, generally, it is advisable to get everyone away from the vehicles in the case of a fire or explosion. When a collision causes a fire to ignite under the hood of your vehicle, it can be dangerous to open the hood because the sudden introduction of oxygen may cause the intensity of the fire to surge.

Defective Products: Some products have design or manufacturing defects that may cause a risk of fire. If you are injured in a fire caused by a defective product, you may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit against anyone in the production or distribution chain. There are certain products placed on the market that are known to pose a fire risk if not used properly. A product with such an inherent fire risk must carry adequate warning and instructions for consumers so that unsuspecting purchasers and their families are not exposed to injuries in a fire. Many small electrical devices may pose a risk of fire, but common examples include space heaters, portable camping stoves, wood stoves, and other propane operated devices.

Industrial Accidents: Many manufacturing and industrial workplaces involve machinery and equipment that can have extremely hot components, causing severe burns when they make contact with the skin. Industrial burn injuries may also result from Georgia refinery explosions and other industrial explosions and fires.

Gas Pipeline Explosion: A defective or damaged gas pipeline also can cause an explosion or severe fire.

Chemical burns can result in devastating injuries that may go beyond one's skin and damage bone and muscle tissue. These burns, which may be caused by chemicals in industrial or construction settings, can be particularly dangerous because a burn victim may not be aware that the chemical exposure is causing severe injury until it is too late. They also can be caused by exposure to household chemicals.

If you have suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one because of a fire or explosion caused by a careless or inattentive individual, business, or public entity, you should call Montlick & Associates for a free consultation to learn about your rights and options.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 32 Years of Legal Expeirence to Work For Your Accident Injury Claim.

If you have suffered serious injuries, our experienced personal injury lawyers tenaciously strive for the fullest compensation for our clients within the bounds of the law. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

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