A serious burn is a life-changing, physically and emotionally traumatic event. All of us have sustained minor burns from cooking or other daily activities; a burn over large areas of the body multiplies that pain many times. A burn that causes substantial skin loss can be life-threatening, because it deprives the body of the organ it needs to regulate temperature and hydration, and keep out diseases. When burns heal, they can cause disfiguring scars that may restrict movement, may require surgical intervention, and will almost certainly change how others react to the victim.
American Burn Association statistics indicate that approximately 40,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for the treatment of serious burns, including 25,000 admitted to specialized burn centers. The association reports that the majority of burns take place in the home, and are most often caused by direct contact with flames or scalding liquids.
A serious burn can take years to treat, and the victim may never fully recover. Initially, burn victims may require specialized hospitalization; later, they may face multiple plastic surgeries or other treatments to return the skin to as normal-looking an appearance and functional an organ as possible. Many victims may also need psychiatric treatment for the trauma of living with disfiguring scars. Medical care surrounding burn treatment is very expensive. When burns were caused by someone else's careless, reckless or deliberate behavior, victims have the right to hold them responsible for all of the damage they caused -- physical, emotional and financial.
The law firm of Blume Forte can help. Since 1929, we've helped thousands of New Jersey residents secure financial compensation for very serious injuries or wrongful deaths. In just our last 5 years of practice, we've obtained in excess of $320 million in settlements and verdicts. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with the complex medical and financial issues surrounding a serious injury, and many have special certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Lawyers. With four offices throughout northern and central New Jersey and a physician on staff, we can draw on substantial resources to pursue your case.
If you're a victim of a serious burn caused by someone else's carelessness or a defective product, contact Blume Forte today at (973) 635-5400 for a case evaluation at no cost to you.
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