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San Jose burn injury attorneyIn a severe car crash or workplace accident, it is possible for a victim to suffer a variety of catastrophic injuries. Many of these injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones, are caused by a forceful impact, such as in a collision or a fall. However, burns are another common form of catastrophic injury, and they tend to have a different set of causes. If you suffer burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you should be aware of the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

When a vehicle accident results in burn injuries, it is often because fuel, oil, or another flammable substance leaks and ignites, causing a fire or even an explosion. A person who is caught in the flames or trapped in a burning vehicle can suffer severe injuries, including third-degree burns that penetrate to the deepest layer of skin. Burn injuries are also possible in a truck accident when the truck is carrying flammable cargo or dangerous chemicals.

Burn injuries are also common on construction sites due to fires and explosions, electrical hazards, malfunctioning equipment, chemical exposure, and burst pipes carrying hot water, among other causes. When a construction site burn injury is the fault of a negligent third party, the injured worker has the right to pursue a personal injury claim.

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According to the American Burn Association, about 3,500 Americans are killed in fire-related incidents every year - 3,000 from residential fires and the remaining 500 from electrical, chemical or hot liquid sources or from vehicle or airplane fires following a crash. Altogether, about 45,000 people are hospitalized for burn injuries every year.

Although fatalities and injuries caused by residential fires have gradually declined in recent decades, fires and burns are still the third leading cause of home injury deaths, ranking the U.S. in eighth place among the 25 developed countries that track burn statistics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hundreds Injured Annually in California Residential Fires

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In the early morning hours near Red Bluff, California, a fire destroyed a mobile home and spread to adjacent homes, seriously damaging them. The home's occupant suffered severe burns and was rushed to an area hospital. Officials say that the fire was caused by a space heater that had been placed too close to flammable materials.

Heating equipment is involved in a staggering number of fires. In 2009, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that heaters were responsible for 58,900 or 18 percent of home fires. In 2009 alone, these fires caused a total of $1.1 billion in property damage, killed 480 people and injured 1,520. Space heaters are deadly in particular. Statistics show that they are responsible for 80 percent of deaths from fires caused by heating equipment.

Space Heater Safety Tips

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