According to the American Burn Association, there are almost 500,000 burn injuries that require medical treatment in the United States each year and over 3,000 more smoke inhalation related deaths. Harsh burn injuries caused by negligent behavior need to be handled by an experienced attorney who knows the local laws to deliver you the compensation you deserve. Especially considering that burn injury treatments have the potential to run tens of thousands of dollars, you will want an advocate on your side who can fight for fair compensation.
There are four main types of burns:
In addition to burn types, there are three levels of burn severity:
If a burn affects your skeletal system or tendon tissue, your burn may be classified as a 4th degree burn. These are very serious and may permanently impair movement.
Due to the seriousness of burns, they often require extensive medical treatment to overcome. This may range from simple ointments for first degree burns to extensive hospital care, reconstructive surgery, and skin replacements and grafts for third degree burns. Burn injuries cost Americans billions every year due to hospital expenses. Burn injuries are, on average, twice as expensive as the average hospital stay, and victims are typically hospitalized for more than a week.
Each day of hospitalized care costs nearly $2k. The full range of treatments and surgery costs over half a million dollars, and some patients may pay up to $700,000.
The average cost of a burn is more difficult to pinpoint. This is because operating costs, standard of living, and patient care varies heavily from one state to another. Room costs, medication, dressing, and length of stay also make a specific number hard to estimate. One paper published in 2012 cites the average treatment cost to be $73,532. Another study cited the cost of chemical burns to average above $20,000.
However, even small burns can cost a lot of money. Compensation awarded for burn claims covers not just hospital treatment, but pain and suffering, too. Always ally yourself with an expert attorney before filing a complex burn claim.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law. Burn injuries are not only painful but can come with lasting damage and be very expensive to treat. Our team will fight for fair compensation to ensure that you can focus on healing. Call (617) 391-9001 to set up a free consultation today.