What Are the Costs of Burn Injuries?
When you sustain any injury from an accident, they can be costly. Burn injuries especially, though, can cost you a lot financially, physically, and emotionally. After suffering from burns, you might be wondering just how much you could spend trying to heal.
If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligent actions, then you could fight to recover some of those costs. With the help of a burn injury lawyer from Golden Law Office, you can have peace of mind knowing that an experienced attorney is on your side to get you the compensation you deserve.
Let’s take a look at the different costs of burn injuries that you could sustain and recover in compensation.
Physical and Financial Costs
When a person suffers from a burn, they likely will have physical costs that they suffer from. Whether mild or severe, burns cause permanent damage. This can result in loss of feeling if the nerves are damaged or could result in disfigurement in the area that the burn occurred. These physical costs can lead to difficulties for the rest of a burn victim’s life.
Not only do they have to think about healing and treatment, they might also have to adapt the rest of their life because of their burns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20,000 people a year suffer from burns that cover over 25 percent of their bodies and require hospitalization. Major burns can affect the patient’s entire life and could even prove to be fatal.
When burns require medical treatment, they will also accumulate financial costs for the victim. If the injury is more severe and causes permanent disfigurement or infections, there will likely also be costs for future treatment and prescriptions.
According to research done by the Lasker Foundation, burn-related injuries cost Americans $1.5 billion every year. They also found that the average cost of a hospital stay for burn injury victims was $24,000, which is twice the average of the cost for any other hospital stay. Deep burns are severe and require serious treatment. This means that hospital stays get longer and the costs for treatment go up.
Burn centers prove helpful in healing burn victims. Over 96 percent of patients who go to burn centers survive their injuries. Unfortunately, Kentucky only has one burn center in the state.
Let’s take a look at the other costs that burns can cause—emotional damages.
Burn injuries affect the skin, which is the largest organ in the body. The skin is also one of the first things another person notices. This means that burn injuries can not only cause physical damages to your body, but they can also cause emotional damages in dealing with the change in your appearance and physical abilities.
Burn injuries are also oftentimes incredibly painful. Not only is the injury painful, but the treatment for the burn is noted to be even more painful than the initial injury itself. This can lead to a lot of pain and suffering for the patient. While it can be hard to put a monetary value on the emotional suffering that a burn victim could endure compared to their physical damages, an attorney can help calculate those damages. With their help, a person with burn injuries could get compensation for the pain and suffering that they were caused from their trauma.
Reach Out to Golden Law Office
If you’ve suffered from burns that were caused by someone else’s negligence, you might feel like you’ve had to endure more than most people. Burns can cause debilitating scars and permanent damage that affects you for the rest of your life. You deserve to recover compensation for those costs. A burn injury lawyer from Golden Law Office can help you seek justice for those injuries and damages that you suffered.
One of our experienced lawyers will investigate what happened to you to determine who was at fault, the cost of the damages you faced, both economic and noneconomic, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for those damages. Reach out to our office so we can discuss your potential claim and get started on your recovery right away.