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Important Statistics Regarding Child Burn InjuriesAccording to statistics on the global level, burns are the fifth most common cause of injuries to children. Burns are also ranked eleventh in the top causes of deadly injuries to children up to the age of 9 years old. These statistics also show that children living in low or middle income countries have a higher risk of suffering burn injuries. These are global statistics; are there any statistics that are applicable only to the United States? According to date from the CDC, U.S. children between the ages of 0 to 9 suffered more than 78,000 non-fatal injuries in just one year. Although it is unfortunate, the statistics regarding childhood burn injuries are alarming. Whether we like it or not, childhood burns are leading causes of injuries and fatalities in our children.
What are the Common Causes of Childhood Burn Injuries?We quickly went over some of the statistics surrounding childhood burn injuries, but why do these injuries continue to happen? Consider some of the most common reasons behind childhood injuries, listed below:
- Exposure to hot liquids (tap water, bath water, steam, food, or beverages, for example)
- Exposure to hot kitchen appliances (ovens or ranges)
- Exposure to heating (fireplaces, outdoor fires, space heaters, radiators, for example)
- Exposure to styling tools (curling irons, hair straightening tools, and hair dryers, for example)
- Exposure to heating pads or electric blankets
- Exposure to clothes irons or steam irons
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals (such as bleach, toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, pool-cleaning chemicals, and ammonia, for example)
- Exposure to electrical cords
- Exposure to defective products with fire or burn hazard
- First-degree burns – these burns are considered to be minor. First-degree burns consist of minor reddening on the skin, like sunburn.
- Second-degree burns – these burns affect the top layer of the skin. Second-degree burns are usually associated with redness, blistering, and severe pain.
- Third-degree burns – these burns destroy both the top and middle layers of the skin. These burns usually also destroy tissue and nerves. Third-degree burns are usually painless because they affect so many layers of the skin.
- Fourth-degree burns – these burns go down to muscle and even bone tissue; these burns are some of the most severe burns that victims could suffer.
As you can see, there are many reasons behind childhood burn injuries. If your child suffered burn injuries, you might have grounds to take legal action. Depending on the details of the child injury claim, you might even be eligible to recover compensation for the claim. For more information about the common causes of childhood burn injuries, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our childhood burn injury attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need regarding your claim.
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What are the Different Burn Categories?The most common types of burn injury categories range from first-degree to fourth-degree burns. Consider the following points:
Understanding Liability for Child Burn InjuriesLiability for these incidents revolves around negligence. Parties have a duty to take care of a child and ensure that the child is safe while he or she is under the parties’ care. When a party breaching his or her duty of care and the child suffers an accident that results in harm in the form of burn injuries, the party can likely be found liable. Who could be liable for the harm that your child suffers? Babysitters, teachers, neighbors, family members, daycare workers, and any other party that agrees to care for your child owes your child a duty of care. If your child is harmed while under this person’s care, you might have grounds to take legal action against them. In many cases, the harm suffered by children is caused by defective products. In these cases, the company might carry liability. Products that are intended for children use, for example, must go through rigorous levels of evaluation and testing to ensure that they do not pose a risk to children. When companies fail to identify or address hazards prior to making a product available to consumers, they could be held accountable for the harm resulting from their defective products. If you would like to learn more about establishing liability for child burn injuries, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
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