Approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported every year in the United States. Burn accidents happen when you least expect it and can take place almost anywhere. Statistics show that children under 5 and the elderly over 65 tend to be the most vulnerable victims of a burn accident. Burn injuries can be one of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer, and those who suffer may face a lifetime of serious healthcare challenges. The financial, mental and physical costs of recovering can be devastating. Long term hospitalization is commonly required for serious burn injuries. There are also doctors’ visits, physical therapy and often extensive counseling to help overcome the trauma of a burn injury. Defective products or improperly maintained property are often at fault for the injuries suffered by burn victims. In an attempt to rebuild their lives, years of painful rehabilitation and reconstructive surgeries are all too often the consequences of such negligence. These are the types of burns one may sustain: First Degree Burns First-degree burns are on the skin’s surface and involve minimal tissue damage. The burns are red and very sensitive to touch. They affect the outer-layer of skin causing pain, redness and swelling. A good example of a first degree burn is sunburn. Second Degree Burns Second-degree burns are more serious and affect the outer layer of skin as well as the under lying layer. These burns cause pain, redness, swelling and blisters. The hair follicles and sweat glands may also be affected. Third Degree Burns A third-degree burn is referred to as a full thickness burn. This type of burn destroys the outer layer of skin and the entire layer beneath. Fat, muscle and even bone may be affected. Areas may be charred black or appear dry and white. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive scarring. Inhalation Burns More than a hundred known toxic substances are present in fire smoke. When inhalation injuries are combined with external burns the chance of death can increase significantly. The 3 types of inhalation injuries are damage from heat, systemic toxins and smoke. First, second and third degree burn injuries are obvious but injuries to the lungs and airways from smoke inhalation are often less apparent and may not present until 24 to 36 hours after exposure. If you or someone you love has suffered burn injuries because of another’s negligence or a defective product, you may be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and hospital bills. We understand the horrible pain and disfigurement resulting from these injuries and the legal and financial needs of Asheville burn survivors and their families. If your life has been affected by a burn injury, our experienced burn injury lawyers will fight to help you get the compensation you deserve. The Buncombe County personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark Cash P.A. have years of experience handling Asheville personal injury and wrongful death cases, including burn injury cases. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 1 828 505 4300 for a free case evaluation.