Burn injuries are among the most physically painful and psychologically damaging types of injury that an individual can suffer, leaving scars that are both physical and emotional. Burn injuries frequently result in severe scarring and nerve damage that limit the skin’s ability to perspire and react to stimuli. In addition, burn injuries are highly visible and can be extremely disfiguring, and so frequently cause the victim to feel socially ostracized.
Types of Burn Injuries
First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. This type of burn causes pain, redness, and swelling. The burn looks similar to a sunburn, with no blistering. They are dry, red, and painful.
Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the underlying layer of skin, called the dermis. Second degree burns are red, blistered or open, have swelling, and are very painful.
Third-degree burns affect both the epidermis and dermis, and sometimes deeper tissues. They are often thick and leathery in appearance and can be white, deep red, or black in color. Third-degree burns often have no feeling due to damaged nerve endings, therefor victim feels no pain.
How Burn Injuries Occur
Almost half of fire-related injuries take place in buildings without smoke alarms. But, fire is far from the only cause of a burn injury. Some other common causes of burn injuries include:
- contact with scalding hot or boiling water
- contact with certain types of chemicals
- contact with hot objects like water heaters, motorcycle exhaust pipes, or radiators
- friction injuries
Fire is the most common source of burn injuries. Burn injuries due to fire, occur most often on job sites, in automobile accidents or in residential property. Electrical burns, thermal burns and chemical burns are the second-most common sources of burn injuries. Electrical burns are usually the result of job-related activities. Thermal burns, which are caused by contact with hot liquid, steam or other substances with a temperature above 115°, occur most often in the home.
Get Help from an Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious burn injury, contact a law firm with substantial experience in handling the legal, physical and emotional challenges facing burn victims. An experienced and successful personal injury law firm can help burn victims who are facing expensive treatments and surgery obtain the maximum possible recovery. Our attorneys understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in burn injury cases and have the skill to effectively present these issues to a jury.