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The Financial Cost of a Serious Burn Injury

by The Beasley Firm  |  January 11, 2023  |  

How Much to Expect for Burn-Related Medical Bills and Treatment

A serious burn injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more in medical expenses. Severe burns may require lengthy hospital stays, surgery, or years of treatment and rehabilitation. Depending on the extent of the harm, some burn injuries can end up costing over $1 million in losses.

At The Beasley Firm, our attorneys provide representation for burn injury victims and their families. Individuals who sustain burn injuries due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one have sustained burn injuries, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to discuss your legal options. 

What Are the Most Common Types of Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries may affect nearly every part of your body and can result in life-threatening complications. Any type of burn should be taken seriously, as some of the most severe burn injuries may appear relatively minor on the surface.

Common burn injuries and complications:

  • Skin damage
  • Bacterial infection
  • Loss of fluid or blood
  • Respiratory problems including lung damage
  • Hypothermia
  • Scarring and nerve damage
  • Damage to the internal organs
  • Vision loss

Because of the complications related to burn injuries, hospital stays can last from a few days to several months. The length of a person’s hospital stay may correspond to the percentage of the body that was burned. A study out of the

What Are the Medical Costs Related to Serious Burn Injuries?

According to the American Burn Association, an estimated 486,000 require medical treatment each year and 40,000 result in hospitalization. Hospital stays can range depending on the severity of the burn and any complications related to the injury. Research shows that a person with moderate burns can have medical bills exceeding $206,000.

Medical costs related to serious burn injury complications include:

  • An additional $35,000 in the event of disfigurement or scarring;
  • Up to $75,000 more in treatment costs related to psychological complications;
  • Over $100,000 in additional medical expenses where there was skin breakdown;
  • Up to $120,000 more in costs if the burn injury causes an infection; and
  • An additional $110,000 if there is a delay in healing or a treatment failure.

Burn accidents are often traumatic events that can deeply impact a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The financial burden related to even moderate burn injuries without complications is unbearable for many people. In cases of severe burns, medical expenses can exceed $1.6 million. 

Contact Our Office to Discuss Your Options

In some cases, a person who sustains burn injuries may be able to obtain compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a party who is liable for their injuries. To determine whether you have a valid claim for damages against a legally responsible person or entity, you need to discuss your case with an attorney.
Contact The Beasley Firm at (215) 866-2424 to discuss your case directly with an experienced member of our legal team. All case evaluations are free and without obligation to retain our firm.

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