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Thermal Burn Accidents

Among all typical burn injuries, every year in the United States, circumstances involved with thermal burns can have an effect on approximately 500,000 victims.

Many individuals require healthcare treatment for injuries sustained by a steam burn, sunburn, fire burn, and any burn due to a touch of a hot object.

A thermal burn accident can be the result of heat transferred in a number of ways, such as:

Heat can directly transfer through conduction from a source, like an oven or hot stove burn.

Sunburns can occur via radiation transfer, with generation of kinetic energy from electromagnetic energy, to cause severe skin damage.

Transfer of heat can occur via convection in air, like an explosion causing a flash burn.

Thermal burns are apt to result in damage to surface of skin, and under layers of bones, tissue, and muscles.

Of the nose, eyes, and mouth, the delicate tissue can usually by a thermal burn become vastly damaged; this can result in permanent injury or disfigurement.

The windpipe and lungs can endure harm through inhaling superheated air.

Skin tissue can be damaged so critically that the lungs suffer harm, which can cause death.

Burns, which happen in the workplace, can account for one out of four burns, to result in hospitalization.

A number of injuries are catastrophic enough for a burn victim to seek legal counsel from a thermal burn attorney to safeguard his or her legal rights.

Damage to tissue and skin goes along with lung damage when dangerously hot air is inhaled.

Thus, thermal burn injuries can occur from many ways, such as: open flames and fires; explosions; hot grease and water; electrical current; hot metal or glass; exposure to hot vapors and steam; corrosive acids, alkaloids, and other substances; and caustic drain cleaners, cleaning agents, rust removers, and other toxic chemicals.

OSHA Safety Standards in the Workplace

Although workplace settings must adhere to stringent guidelines, to comply with OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, safety standards, workers are usually exposed to a number of hazards caused by a thermal burn accident.

Work environments include laboratories, refineries, chemical plants, construction sites, and steel and metal mills.

Companies, which adhere to stringent safety standards, normally have adequate sprinklers, fire suppression systems, and fire extinguishers that are maintained consistently and certified regularly.

Regulations and restrictions indicate clearly that all facility exits must be suitably marked and unblocked, during a fire event or explosion, for a prompt exit.

Companies, however, can be held liable legally when supervisors and workers are trained improperly, and do not respond to an explosion, fire, or other job calamity appropriately.

A victim can endure a thermal burn accident when exposed to chemicals, electrocuted, or a fire victim inside a building or vehicle.

It is crucial to hire an attorney when an individual is burned severely to file a compensation claim. 


Members of a family of a victim who died due to catastrophic burns can seek legal counsel as well.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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