Burn Injury Lawyer
According to United States Vital Statistics, there are 450,000 emergency room visits due to burn injuries every year. After emergency treatment, 45,000 will be admitted to long-term care or treatment at burn centers. Tragically, an average of 3,500 of these burn victims will not survive.
This study indicates that survival rates among burn injury victims are high, at just over 93%. However, many survivors of this type of catastrophic personal injury will face long-term rehabilitation and medical intervention. In addition, permanent disfigurement, loss of physical ability, and even brain damage can be lifelong results of burn injuries.
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Burn Injuries and Brain Damage
One of the most common impacts of burn injuries sustained in a fire is brain injury. Cerebral hypoxia is a condition in which oxygen is cut off from the brain, causing brain cells to die. Cerebral hypoxia can result in death, but more often results in permanent brain damage. Recovery from this type of injury is generally not possible, placing an immense burden on victims of burn injuries and their families.
Burns caused by electrical shock can also result in brain injuries. When your body is exposed to a live electrical current, it can act as a conduit, causing cardiac and respiratory damage that cuts oxygen off from the brain. In other instances, the surge of electricity may cause a concussive shock to your brain, resulting in irreversible damage. In both of these instances, permanent disability may be added to disfigurement, further impacting every aspect of your life.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Burns can be caused by fires, electrical shock, exposure to chemicals, or from scalding liquids. Depending on the severity of your burn, you may suffer from extreme pain, disfigurement, and even paralysis surrounding the burn area. If your injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may be entitled to compensation from those responsible.
The experienced burn injury lawyers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller can help you carefully assess the full extent of your damages. Our personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia fight to help you pursue the full amount of compensation you will need to recover from your injury.
In burn injury lawsuits, our experienced accident lawyers in Pennsylvania generally seek the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller today to schedule your free initial consultation with an injury attorney in Philadelphia. Our firm represents burn injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.