Burn Injuries Received in Maryland Traffic Accidents

There is no dispute that any physical injury, regardless how minor, is hardly a welcome event at any time in a person’s life. For most of us, remaining vibrant and healthy for as long as we can possibly manage is a desirable goal. Of course, being caught up in an automobile or commercial trucking accident can change all that in an instant. As personal injury attorneys, the law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, are constantly fielding inquiries from victims of negligence-related traffic accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical errors and other life-threatening events.

One of the more serious injuries that any individual can suffer at any time is that resulting from a severe burn. When such a burn injury occurs due to the careless or negligent actions of another party, there may be very good reasons to consider contacting a qualified accident lawyer and learn more about your rights to compensation. As personal injury lawyers, our doors are always open for inquiries and consultations on a range of cases.

While most people associate burn injuries with heat or fire, there are other equally injurious and deadly kinds of burns that people can experience from time to time. In fact, burns can result from a variety of sources, not just the typical thermal-type burns caused by flames, steam heat, hot liquids and even radiation. Chemical burns can also take place when a victim’s skin is exposed to caustic substances, as well as acids and bases.

Other types of burns include electrical burns from high voltage or high current sources or even natural lightning. Sunlight or the intense light given off by a sunlamp in a tanning bed can cause serious skin damage from the ultraviolet rays absorbed by a person’s skin.

Unfortunately, when a traffic accident takes place, there can be a number of potential burn risks that arise from the crash of one or more motor vehicles. Spilled gasoline has been one of the most common and deadly sources of car, truck and motorcycle fires throughout the history of the modern motor vehicle. While vehicle manufacturers have designed more and more safety systems into cars and trucks, the opportunity for a gasoline-fueled car fire is always present following a violent traffic accident.

As auto and trucking accident attorneys, Lebowitz & Mzhen is aware that some individuals who are burned in a car fire may not always survive. Not only is the shock from a large-scale burn serious enough to be a contributing factor in the death of an automobile accident victim, but the risk of infection days or weeks after such an event can also be life-threatening. When a car crash is caused by the thoughtless actions of another driver, any medical costs, rehabilitation expenses or long-term nursing care should be borne by the negligent party.

As the American Burn Association has reported, more than one million burn injuries occur every year here in the U.S. Of those million or so burn injury cases, several thousand require hospitalization, of which a very substantial number of people succumb to their injuries as a result. Because burn injuries can result from any number of transportation-related accidents -- from single-vehicle motorcycle crashes and multi-car collisions to commercial tank truck wrecks and railroad car chemical spills -- there is always a risk of injury or death from these events on Maryland roadways.

Burn injuries, whether from chemical, electrical or radiation, can all result in significant scarring of the skin, as well as partial or permanent disfigurement, damage to the nerves beneath the skin, and loss of arms or legs due to extensive and irreparable damage. Many burn victims, regardless of whether the person was hurt in an automobile collision, residential house fire or industrial accident, can suffer from extreme depression as a result of his or her extensive physical injuries.

As personal injury lawyers, Lebowitz & Mzhen consider all aspects of a victim’s injuries, from the physical damage that a high-temperature liquid or caustic chemical burn can cause to the emotional scarring that can take months or years to recover from; and only then by intensive physical and psychological treatment. In fact, as injuries from auto accidents go, those resulting from burns are among the most painful and long-lasting a person can endure.

A number of factors may influence the likelihood of an automobile or commercial truck fire. For instance, when two motor vehicles collide with one another, the fuel tanks may burst open, allowing the liquid gasoline or diesel fuel to burn and spread flames to a wide area of the crash site. These kinds of flammable liquid fires can become incredibly dangerous for the occupants and bystanders in and near the collision. One of the more deadly circumstances is when a fuel tank exploded, creating hazardous projectiles.

If you or a loved one has received severe or life-threatening burns as a result of a traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, we urge you to contact a qualified auto and trucking injury attorney. Auto-related burn injuries often leave permanent scars due to the explosion and spreading of a flammable liquid, or the burning of interior plastics and other materials found in modern passenger cars.

As Baltimore traffic accident lawyers, the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen know how easily it is to become an innocent victim of a serious highway collision. Having a lawyer at your side when fighting for compensation for medical treatment necessitated by a car crash caused by a careless or negligent individual is more than just a good idea; it makes sense from a financial standpoint. With medical costs unlikely to decrease any time soon, recovering the costs of treatment and rehab now and in the future is a necessity.

The law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen has the skills and training to represent clients who have suffered severe burn injuries, as well as those who have been permanently disabled or killed in a severe traffic collision. If negligence was involved, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced trial attorneys. Please feel free to contact us, toll-free at (800) 654-1949 or e-mail Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen to set up an meeting to discuss your auto accident case.