Bruce and Lesia Cartelli are residents of Encinitas whose lives have been shaped by flames and perseverance. Bruce Cartelli is a retired San Diego fire chief. Lesia Cartelli is a remarkable woman, author, and philanthropist who rose from the ashes of a tragic childhood explosion. When Lesia was nine years old she played a game of hide and seek with a cousin. As she hid in the Detroit basement of her grandparents’ home, tragedy struck. The gas furnace in the basement exploded. Lesia had burns covering more than half of her nine-year-old body. The home itself was destroyed in the blast and subsequent fire.
Lesia’s story, albeit tragic, is not entirely unique. Lesia’s incident occurred forty years ago and to this day burn injuries remain a common occurrence in California.
Burn Injuries By The Numbers
According to the American Burn Association there are 450,000 people who suffer from burn injuries and requiring medical attention each year. An estimated 3,400 people will die every year from fire, burn, or smoke-inhalation-related incidents. The elderly are more likely to be victims of smoke-inhalation-related deaths. 2,550 deaths will occur each year in residential fires. Burn centers across the nation take in an average of more than 200 patients annually. About 60% of those who seek emergency treatment for burns are admitted to a burn center for further treatment. Children represent 20% of burn injuries studied by the American Burn Association.
Life after a Burn Injury
A burn injury can be more traumatic than other injuries for many reasons. The source of the injury can prove traumatic; a car fire, an explosion, or a chemical burn, for example. Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of a burn, as pointed out by Lesia, is the disfigurement that comes afterwards. Learning to move on psychologically and emotionally should be a patient’s number one concern after a burn injury. Paying for the necessary treatment or the extra care should not.
When an explosion occurs, when a worker is burned on the job, or when someone becomes the victim of another’s negligence, the law upholds the principle of compensation. Ensuring that medical bills and treatment costs are accounted for is the law’s most practical means of making a victim whole again.
Burn incidents are commonly tragic accidents that occur as the result of another’s carelessness. Burn victims need not be victimized again by an inability to get the medical attention they will certainly need. Burn injuries are traumatizing and require a great deal of time for recovery.
If you have suffered a burn injury contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim. You don’t have to suffer alone. Let us fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC
1230 Columbia Street #560
San Diego, CA 92101