February 7 though February 13, 2010 marks burn awareness week. This week is designed to educate individuals and families about the dangers of burn injuries and teach burn prevention skills.
Burn injuries are one of the top causes of unintentional death in the United States. Last year alone approximately 2.4 million burn injuries were reported.
Burn injuries range in severity from least (first degree) to most (third degree). Burn injuries are complicated because they affect not only skin but also muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bone. Burn injuries are serious and can lead to debilitating and lifelong issues such as disfigurement, scarring and pain. Oftentimes, burns are due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another person or entity.
Burns can result from a variety of sources, including but not limited to:
• Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
• Cooking accidents
• Unattended cigarettes
• Work-place accidents
• Electric wiring problems
• Defective products
• Chemical exposure
Burn awareness week provides an opportunity to focus on burn prevention and take some simple steps to prevent burns in our environment.
Some home safety tips include:
• Have an emergency escape plan
• Place smoke detectors on each level of your home
• Avoid wearing loose-fitting long sleeves while cooking
• Don’t leave food unattended while cooking
• Replace all worn cords and appliance
• Unplug all electrical tools when not in use
Unfortunately, despite the precautions you take in your home, it is often impossible to prevent the negligence and/or recklessness of others. As a result, burn injuries still occur in many situations as the result of someone else’s conduct. If you or a loved one suffer a burn injury due to the carelessness of another, it is imperative to contact a respected Georgia burn attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle have represented numerous burn victims and obtained substantial recoveries. They understand the devastating emotional and physical impact of burn injuries and will fight to ensure you receive just compensation.