If you or someone you love has suffered a serious burn injury, you already know that this can be a devastating time. The injuries are painful and the recovery is long and, often, incomplete. If another party caused your injury through a deliberate, negligent, or careless act, you may have a right to compensation.
According to the American Burn Association, close to 500,000 burn accidents occur each year that are severe enough to require medical attention. Because burn injuries have a high survival rate, the victims of these accidents are often forced to endure ongoing physical pain, expensive medical care, and sometimes lasting disfigurations and limitations.
Different Types of Burn Injuries
Burns can come from a variety of sources, all of which have the potential to cause severe injury and even lead to death. The Cleveland Clinic outlines some of the different agents that can cause a burn injury:
- Wet heat. A wet heat burn can happen when the body comes into contact with a hot liquid or steam. Scalding injuries typically occur when cooking and in some industrial situations.
- Dry heat. The most common cause of a dry heat injury is fire. People who suffer from these injuries also might have to deal with smoke inhalation issues.
- Electricity. When the body is exposed to an electrical current, the injuries can be so severe that they are fatal.
- Friction. A friction burn injury happens when the body is rubbed or dragged against a surface or object. These are common with motor vehicle, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents.
- Chemicals. Chemical burns can occur after exposure to alkaline or acidic substances. These burns can occur on the skin or happen internally if a chemical was ingested or inhaled.
The Severity of a Burn Injury
Burn injuries are categorized based on how severe they are, and this can also dictate what type of treatment you might require. These categories include:
- First degree burns. These are considered minor burns that affect only the skin’s (epidermis) outer layer. Common symptoms of these burns include mild to moderate pain, swelling, and redness. With minor treatment, such as cool water and over the counter pain relievers, these burns generally heal in about a week.
- Second degree These burns are considered more serious because they affect both the epidermis and the dermis, which is the next layer of skin. Common symptoms are more severe pain, blistering, redness, and the possibility of infection. Treatment includes covering the burn as well as cooling and sterilizing it by a medical professional. It could take several months for this type of burn to heal.
- Third degree This is the most serious and severe type of burn, which goes through all layers of skin and often damages the muscle and soft tissue underneath. There could be a loss of sensation, and there is also charred or blackened areas of skin. These burns require immediate medical attention, could result in permanent damage or even death and may require many years of follow-up medical care.
Typical Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns caused by scalding, fire, chemicals, and electricity happen daily and impact people of all ages and backgrounds. These accidents can occur in a variety of settings, and sometimes another person or party is to blame. Some of the common accidents known to cause burn injuries include:
- Car accidents. When a car crash occurs, gas from the engine can lead to an explosion and fire. The United States Fire Administration reports that these types of fires account for roughly 17% of this nation’s fire emergency calls.
- Defective products. Any consumer product that uses a battery or electricity has the potential to overheat and cause injury if it has some sort of defect. All too often, products like space heaters and electric blankets malfunction and start fires or cause burns that have devastating (and, often, deadly) results.
- Workplace accidents. Thousands of accidents happen in the workplace each year, and many involve explosions and electrocution injuries.
- Gas explosions. Anyplace where there is a gas furnace, propane tank, or water heater has a risk of an explosion.
Speak with a Qualified Montgomery Burn Injury Attorney
Burn injuries are painful and can change your life in numerous ways. If you need representation and advice about pursuing your rights in a severe burn injury case, contact our office now for a free initial consultation.
At the Law Office of Troy King, our personal injury attorneys are strong legal advocates for victims who were injured because of the careless or negligent acts of other individuals or organizations. Our goal is to represent those who place their trust and their cases in us with purpose and passion, and to help ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. That is what I mean when I tell you that we are still protecting you.
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