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People who have sustained catastrophic injuries (and their families) are often in need of very specific, specialized information regarding the injury suffered, the latest care and support options, research into new treatment options, and the psychological and emotional support that can come from connecting with other people who have suffered similar losses.  For some of the categories of catastrophic injuries, the following resources may be helpful:

resources for catastrophic injuriesBurn Injury Resources

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is an online collection of information and resources for the victims of serious burn injuries and their families.  In addition to being an information resources, the society organizes an annual meeting for burn survivors, medical professionals and fire fighters.

Every year there are over 10,000 yearly deaths in California, mostly from motor vehicle accidents. There are more unintentional deaths from accidents in California than in any other state.  Nonetheless, the good news is that the number of unintentional deaths is decreasing by about 1.5 % per year since 2006.

Out of the approximately 10,000 deaths per year in California, some 329 in 2012 were fatalities suffered at work.  129 of these 329 Fatalities were caused by motor vehicle crashes involving other vehicles.

Contact with fixed objects or equipment killed 66 people in 2012.

Electrical-Injuries-678x1024Electrical Injuries

Electrical injuries are caused by high voltage electricity and can lead to death or serious injury. Small amounts of current, less than 700 ml.  can lead to fibrillation which can sometimes be helped with a defibrillator but current over 1 A, often results in severe burns or death. Personal injury attorney’s rarely deal with electric injuries as they are somewhat rare. Last year there were 3000 admissions to burn centers from electric injuries and 1000 deaths.

Commonly, children and toddlers are injured or severely burned. Home injuries can happen from malfunctioning electric products or appliances, power tools or anywhere there is contact to exposed electrical wiring.

Classification of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries to the skin and flesh can be caused by several things, including chemicals, heat, friction, electricity, and radiation. There are different classification systems that describe the severity of a burn, with the most familiar one describing the “degree” of the burn. This includes:

  • A “first-degree” burn that only injuries the superficial layers of the skin;

As a California  personal injury attorney, I often read publications and texts nationwide regarding different varieties of injury as well as different ways of dying.

I was struck today reading a brief from the National Safety Council, which broke down causes of fatalities by cause and by state.

Although California’s population is almost 50% larger than that of Texas, Texas’ fatality rate is much higher.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney since 1982. Many people over the years have asked me what a “personal injury” actually is.

Legally, a personal injury lawsuit is a suit filed in a court by someone who has been emotionally or physically injured by the act of another.

Some of the common types of personal injury are injuries arising from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and trucking accidents.