Specific Types of Catastrophic InjuriesOn March 23, 2020 by Millerie Penbrock
What follows is a brief discussion of some of the more common, yet devastating, injuries that necessitate the expertise of an attorney, knowledgeable in catastrophic injury claims, to obtain adequate financial compensation for the injured individual.
Severe Burn Injuries
Burns are one of the most expensive injuries to treat. For example, a burn that covers 30% of the body will cost approximately $200,000 to treat. Additional fees are incurred for later surgical reconstruction and treatment. Recent statistics show that at least 50% of all burn accidents could have been prevented. This means that most burns are caused by the fault of something or someone, often not the victim, and claims for the victim’s injuries often result in litigation. On average, 2.4 million burn injuries are reported every year. 75,000 of those injuries are of such a severe nature as to require hospitalization. Of the victims hospitalized, approximately 20,000 have first-degree burns covering 25% of their total body surface. Approximately 12,000 burn victims die, and one million are temporarily disabled.
A major complication of severe burns is that they impair other vital systems of the body; this in turn makes victims susceptible to multiple complications, including organ failure, limited use of limbs and severe restriction of the musculature system. Also, serious complications can be caused by reconstructive surgeries. However, many complications do not manifest themselves for years after the original injury, making it much harder for victims to accept and, for attorneys, to recover appropriate compensation for them. Therefore, one must be careful to retain an attorney who has extensive experience representing burn victims, since such an attorney from https://lowenthalabrams.com/medical-malpractice-lawyer/ will be familiar with the long-term complications of burn injuries, and will ensure that an injured person receives the compensation he or she needs, both for the present and the future.
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