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Common Causes of Serious Burn Injuries in Tulsa

The Paul Silverstein Burn Center at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City is one of the largest dedicated burn centers in the country. One of only two burn centers statewide, many victims of serious burn injuries in Tulsa Oklahoma have been treated for their injuries at Paul Silverstein. With the help of a qualified Tulsa burn injury attorney, many have received financial settlements to cover the cost of their specialized treatment.

No matter the cause of your severe burn injury, the Oklahoma injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw can help you reclaim any damages you are due. Our team of personal injury lawyers in Tulsa has represented a variety of burn injury cases, though most of our clients’ burn injuries fall under the same categories.

How Severe Burn Injuries Happen

As reported by the American Burn Association, the most common causes of serious burn injuries are as follows:


Description: Fire-flame injuries are also known as thermal burns caused by open flames. Thermal burns are the most common form of burn injuries; according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, approximately 70 Oklahomans die in home fires every year.

Examples: While the majority of thermal burn injuries are sustained in home fires, victims can also be injured in commercial or vehicle accident fires. Additionally, many occupational burn injuries are caused by fires and explosions on Oklahoma’s oil fields.


Description: Scalds are caused by contact with water or steam approximately 120℉ or hotter. Scalding burns are most common in young children and the elderly. According to Stanford Children’s Health, “hot tap water burns cause more deaths and hospitalizations than burns from any other hot liquids.”

Example: Often, these injuries are the fault of negligent caretakers. Because children and the elderly have thin, delicate skin, if they are left unattended while bathing they can quickly suffer severe burns.

Contact With Hot Surfaces

Description: Unprotected contact with surfaces hotter than 120℉ can cause third degree burns. Objects with heat conductive surfaces (such as metal) are the most common causes of contact burns. According to ABA’s statistics, approximately 70,000 people sought medical attention for contact burns in 2018 alone.

Example: If surfaces are not marked with a warning label, victims may inadvertently touch dangerously hot surfaces. Household appliances such as lawn mowers, space heaters, electric blankets, and griddles present an especially high risk for severe contact burns.

Exposure to Chemicals

Description: Chemical burns (otherwise known as caustic burns) can be caused by an acidic or basic substance. Chemical burns can result in irritated, red, or even blackened skin. If swallowed, victims can suffer chemical burns on their internal organs.

Example: Chemical burns are most often sustained in occupational accidents. People whose jobs require sustained contact with chemicals (such as cleaning staff, auto mechanics, or chemical plant workers) are at a heightened risk for chemical burns.

File a Burn Injury Lawsuit to Reclaim Your Damages

The State of Oklahoma allows burn victims and their families to reclaim their damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. With the help of an experienced Tulsa burn lawyer, you could receive a financial settlement that covers the full extent of your physical, financial, and emotional losses.

Contact a qualified burn injury attorney as soon as possible to start filing your burn injury claim.

Call the Oklahoma Injury Lawyers at Carabin Shaw | Free Case Review

If you or a loved one were the victim of a serious burn injury in Tulsa Oklahoma, the Tulsa burn injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw are available to review your claim and build your burn injury lawsuit. We are proud to serve burn injury victims and their families in the Tulsa area.

Are you ready for a qualified personal injury lawyer to review your case? To schedule your no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation with a Carabin Shaw personal injury lawyer in Tulsa, call toll-free at 800-862-1260.

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