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Recovery from Burn Injuries

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San Jose burn injury attorneys, burn injuries,  fatal burn injuries, burn victims, emergency medical treatmentThe recent devastation throughout the Napa Valley and in other areas of Northern California has called attention to the potentially deadly impact of wildfires and how quickly they can spread. Burn injuries and smoke inhalation have jeopardized the lives of people throughout the region, along with the workers responding to the crisis.

Unfortunately, while this may have been an isolated incidence, fires and exposure to heat and harsh liquids claim thousands of lives each year. For those who survive these injuries, recovery can be a slow and painful process.

Fires and Burn Injuries in California

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) offers emergency response and protective services for residents throughout the state, and responds to more than 5,400 wildfires impacting over 156,000 acres of land and buildings in our area each year. They also respond to over 450,000 other calls regarding fires and burn injuries, which often involve the following:

  • Home or building structure fires;
  • Automobile, motorcycle, and other traffic accidents;
  • Chemical and hazardous materials spills; and
  • Explosions due to improper storage of combustible substances.

Any of the above can result in serious burn injuries that require immediate medical care. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), roughly 486,000 people seek emergency medical treatment for burn injuries each year, while more than 3,000 of these victims eventually die as the result of their injuries.

Types of Burn Injuries

The ABA reports that among fatal burn injuries, only half are attributed to residential fires, while the other half occur on highways, at work, or in other locations. The Mayo Clinic advises that there are many things other than fire that can result in burn injuries. This includes exposure to any of the following:

  • Hot liquids or steam;
  • Hot metal or glass and melted plastic;
  • Electrical currents running through exposed wiring or cables;
  • Radiation due to x-rays and other medical treatments;
  • Ultra-violet light from heat lamps or tanning beds;
  • Harsh chemicals, such as acid, paint thinner, and gasoline; and
  • Contact with rough or hard surfaces, such as road ‘burns’ and abrasions.

Depending on the type of burn and the way it was caused, patients may require extensive medical care and treatment to repair the damage. Victims with burns that are deep or widespread run the risk for serious bloodstream infections, along with blood vessel damage that can prevent the heart from pumping properly. Severe respiratory problems can also arise, particularly if the throat or lungs were damaged due to breathing in hot air or smoke.

Let Us Help You Today

At Jachimowicz Law Group, we understand how dangerous burn injuries can be, with the potential for scarring and long term health impacts. While you focus on your recovery, we provide the experienced, aggressive legal representation you need to assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to. Contact our dedicated San Jose burn injury attorneys online today and request a free consultation to see how we can help you.

Sources:

http://www.calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/WhatisCALFIRE.pdf

http://ameriburn.org/who-we-are/media/burn-incidence-fact-sheet/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burns/basics/causes/con-20035028

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