Over a million people are burned each year in the United States. Many of these are serious and require hospitalization. Burn injuries can occur in a variety of ways, and they are often quite dangerous. In addition to potentially damaging people, they often destroy huge amounts of property and materials.
Burns can begin in a myriad of ways, from electrical outlets sparking to appliances shorting out to candles being left burning to forgetting to turn off the oven. Most household fires cause significant damage because, unlike many buildings, they are not equipped with sprinkler systems that would help extinguish a fire.
Burn injuries can also occur at the workplace for a variety of reasons, whether it is working with hot materials or being in a building that catches on fire. Coffee has been known to cause serious burn injuries as well.
Fire is not the only way people can be burned. Many chemicals, especially acids, can burn the skin severely when they come in contact with a person. Some chemicals that people keep in the home could burn the eyes or nose if contact is made there. Some of these materials are so hazardous that inhaling the fumes can burn the throat and lungs.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact the Milwaukee burn injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900.