Rhode Island Fire & Burn Injuries Lawyer

The law offices of Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair are nationally recognized for our representation of catastrophically injured individuals and their families as a result of the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire. Our experience in these matters dates back to 2003 and has resulted in obtaining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the injured parties and their families.

As Rhode Island Burn Injury Attorneys, we are experienced in obtaining just compensation for the pain and disfigurement which results from severe burn injuries. Serious burns can have devastating consequences for injured Rhode Islander’s and their families. Burn injuries can leave permanent scars, require many surgical procedures, limit movement and prevent people from returning to work. We understand that you may need help with medical bills, securing medical treatment, recovering lost wages, and obtaining long term home health care.

Rhode Island Burn Injury Law allows an individual and/or their family to be compensated for injuries and losses caused by another’s wrong-doing. Fire & Burn Injuries in Rhode Island can be caused by someone else’s carelessness.

Burns can result from any number of causes, such as:

  • Building fires
    Explosions
    Defective products
    Hot liquids
    Vehicle fires
    Manufacturing accidents
    Toxic chemicals
    Electrical fires
    Hot gases

A fire can occur anywhere and can be caused by a number of things, including, fireplaces, cigarettes, electrical appliances, candles, heaters, and defective products. No matter how your fire occurred, if you suffered a burn injury within the State of Rhode Island as a result of another person’s negligence or careless behavior, you can be entitled to compensation for your injuries

Fire & Burn Injury Statistics:

The following annual estimates have been derived from statistics provided by the U.S. Vital Statistics, several ongoing national surveys, selected states and the National Burn Repository of the American Burn Association.  Repository reports describe admissions to hospitals with specialized services provided by “burn centers.”

In the United States, each year over 30,000 people are killed or seriously injured by fire and smoke inhalation.

Burn injury statistics show that at least 50% of all burn injuries can be prevented.  For example, one of every 13 structure fire deaths in the United States was caused by a child setting a fire.  Children playing with fire account for more than one-third of preschool child deaths by fire.

In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported per year.  Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals; 75,000 are hospitalized.  Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface.  Between 8,000 and 12,000 of patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury.

Burn injuries are second to motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Burns and fires are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children 14 and under and the third leading cause of accidental death for adults.

From ages 5-74, most burn injuries occur outdoors with the next most frequent area being the kitchen.

The most common burn injuries for older adults are from flame or scalding, lighting trash fires or a furnace, bathing or falling asleep while smoking.

The National Fire Protection Agency found that the age group most likely to die in house fires are those 75 and older.  High-voltage electric injuries account for approximately 3% of hospital admissions for burn injuries.

Selected Statistics on Admissions to Burn Centers, 2000-2009

Survival Rage:  94.8%

Gender: 70% male, 30% female

Ethnicity: 63% Caucasian, 17% African-American, 14% Hispanic, 6% Other

Admission Cause:  42% fire/flame, 31% scald, 9% contact, 4% electrical, 3% chemical, 11% other

Place of Occurrence:  66% home, 10% occupational, 8% street/highway, 16% other

At Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair, our lawyers and nurses have wide-ranging experience in investigating and litigating Rhode Island Fire & Burn Injury cases.