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Top 5 Causes of Burn Injuries

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 180,000 deaths are caused by burns each year – and here in the United States, at least 40,000 people may require hospitalization for burn injuries. While burn injury survival rates have increased overall thanks to greater awareness and education about potential burn sources, burns still cause a considerable amount of pain and suffering for victims, especially when those victims are young children.

At Cullan & Cullan, our team of four lawyers who are also doctors is dedicated to helping our clients overcome the trauma of their burn injuries and seek fair compensation for their losses. Because the American Burn Association has selected the first week of February as National Burn Awareness Week, we wanted to take the opportunity to review some of the most common – and surprising – causes of burn injuries.

Here are the top 5 causes of burn injuries in the United States:

  1. Fire-flame: Most people realize that fires and open flames can cause burns. However, many fire-flame burns are caused by home cooking and residential fires that spiral out of the victim’s control. In fact, it’s estimated that over 73% of all burn injuries happen in the home.
  2. Scalds: “Scalding” burns are caused when the victim comes into contact with extremely hot liquid or steam. Although hot drinks like coffee and tea account for many of these burns, over-heated tap water actually presents a more serious risk to both adults and children. To prevent a scalding burn from tap water, make sure the water heater settings in your home are set to a safe temperature.
  3. Contact with a hot object: The third most common cause of a burn injury is coming into contact with heated objects, such as pans, plates, cooking appliances, and furnaces. By instituting strict household rules about handling hot objects and keeping young children away from the stove, you may be able to decrease the risk of burn injury.
  4. Electrical: While lightning and stun guns can cause electrical burns, it’s more likely that you will be shocked by a home electrical outlet. If you have young children, be sure to cover all outlets and keep exposed wires out of the way.
  5. Chemical: Chemical or “caustic” burns are perhaps the most life-threatening, as even a small burn can affect your organs, skin, and eyes for life. Common household products such as car battery acid, denture cleaners, bleach, and ammonia are frequent culprits for chemical burns.

On Your Side After a Burn Injury

At Cullan & Cullan, we know how difficult it can be to grapple with a serious burn injury – and we’re prepared to help you file a claim against the negligent party responsible for your injuries. With over $350 million recovered for the injured throughout Phoenix and beyond, our attorneys will advocate for your interests with a precise and focused case strategy.

Do you need to speak with a lawyer? Call (602) 900-9483 for a FREE consultation.

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