Automobile fires are a major cause of burn injuries every year in the United States. When cars collide the fuel tanks may rupture and develop into fuel-fed fires. The tank may explode turning car parts into dangerous projectiles and passengers may become trapped in a burning car and suffer serious if not fatal burns.
Other causes for car fires besides collision are faulty wiring, or exhaust systems with fluid leaks. Automobile fires grow fast because of the gas, oil, grease and other liquids in a car that are highly flammable.
There are approximately 2.4 million burn injuries reported in the United States yearly and nearly 10,000 of these injuries happen to minors. Approximately 20,000 of these burn injuries result in burns over 25% or more of the body. Death occurs in 8,000 to 12,000 of these burn victims and 40% are permanently disabled or disfigured. The more fortunate recover after undergoing painful and expensive medical treatment which can go on for many years.
Most burns are caused by accidents that could have been avoided. Maryland law holds a person responsible for a fire if they are at fault directly or indirectly and anyone who is a burn victim due to someone else’s negligence should seek the advice of an attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation to cover the cost of medical treatments and pain & suffering damages. Many victims are unable to return to work for a very long time, if at all and compensation for lost wages is also possible.
Burn victims must keep complete and accurate records on everything involving the accident including the dates of all doctors’ appointments and hospital stays. It would be best to have your own copies of the police reports and information on any witnesses to the accident. Pictures of your injuries are further evidence of the extent of your injuries. If you do lose time on your job because of your injuries, you should obtain reports from your doctor and employer. If you are having difficulty obtaining these records please contact our law firm. We help victims of burn injuries and our attorneys are knowledgeable and competent in making sure you are compensated for your injuries. If you are entitled to compensation for medical bills and future medical expenses, disfigurement, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages and loss of consortium, our attorneys will work on your behalf.
If your injuries do not allow you to contact an attorney immediately after the accident, make sure that a family member contacts someone within a day or two. Many burn victims forfeit some of their compensation by waiting too long to contact an attorney. The sooner you have an attorney working for you, the better your case will be.
The debilitating effects of serious burns from a car accident can leave the victim permanently scarred or disabled. While money can never bring back all that’s lost, it can ease the stress caused by amount of medical bills accumulated for treatment of your injuries.
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