Statistics tell us that there are nearly 500,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States due to burn injuries. Following emergency treatment, about 10 percent of these injured patients are admitted to long-term care or burn treatment facilities. Tragically, approximately 3,500 of these burn patients lose their lives.
Burn Injuries and Brain Damage
While most everyone knows that serious second and third degree burns are common injuries sustained in fires, many people do not realize that brain injuries can be suffered by burn victims. Cerebral hypoxia which is also called cerebral anoxia, is a condition where there is an absence of oxygen supply to the brain. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, brain cells die. Many patients with cerebral hypoxia lose their lives but for those who do survive, quite often permanent brain damage results.
Recovery from cerebral hypoxia depends upon how long the brain was deprived of oxygen and how much brain damage has occurred. Even if a patient does “recover”, he or she may suffer from permanent neurological and psychological damage.
Moderate to severe electric shock can lead to a brain injury and especially if the contact with the electrical source is brief and strong. When a person comes into contact with a live electrical current, the current acts as a conduit to cause cardiac and respiratory damage that depletes the brain of oxygen. In some cases, the surge of electricity causes concussive shock to the brain that results in permanent brain damage.
People with serious brain injuries often face a life-time of medical treatment and care. Many brain injured individuals are not able to care for themselves wherein they must live in special facilities which cater to traumatic brain injury patients. If you or someone you love sustained a burn brain injury that was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, our San Francisco brain injury attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to under law. You may be able to obtain compensation to cover:
- Medical costs
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Power
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Quality of Life
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Burn-Related Brain Injury
A number of parties may be held responsible for a brain injury caused by a serious burn. Responsible parties may include negligent drivers, manufacturers of dangerous products or negligent manufacturers, property owners or employers. Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys can identify those responsible for your injuries to ensure that they are held liable for the accident you were injured in. Contact us today for your guaranteed, no-cost case evaluation.