A person could sustain a burn injury from a wide variety of things. A person may sustain a burn injury as a result of coming into contact with a scalding liquid, a hot object, fire, an electrical current, radiation exposure, or a corrosive substance. Unfortunately, there are several devastating long-term effects of burn injuries. Burn injuries can cause significant physical and mental trauma. In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury due to another person’s negligence, please read on and get in touch with a trusted St. Lucie County Personal Injury Lawyer who can help you get the justice you deserve as well as recover reasonable compensation for your damages.
What are the different classifications of burn injuries?
A person may sustain a wide range of burn injuries. However, they can be classified as follows:
- First-degree (superficial) burns. A first-degree burn occurs when the outer layer of skin known as the epidermis is burned. These types of burns appear red, however, individuals do not develop blisters. As an example, a sunburn can be classified as a first-degree burn. Common causes of first-degree burns include scalding liquids, high levels of exposure to the sun, and hot objects.
- Second-degree (partial thickness) burns. A second-degree burn occurs when the outer layer and parts of the inner layer of skin are burned. The inner layer of skin is known as the dermis. As a result of second-degree burns, individuals develop painful blisters that appear red and swollen. The most common causes of second-degree burns include fires, chemicals, electricity, and scalding liquids and hot objects.
- Third-degree (full thickness) burns. A third-degree burn occurs when both layers of the skin, the epidermis and the dermis are completely destroyed. Unfortunately, third-degree burns can be so severe that they cause damage to a person’s muscles, tendons, and bones. Victims of third-degree burns usually have no feeling at the site of the burn. There is no feeling because the burn completely destroyed the nerve.
Additionally, there are different types of burn injuries which include:
- Chemical burns. A chemical burn occurs when a person comes into contact with a corrosive substance such as acid, bleach, harsh cleaners, or chlorine.
- Thermal burns. Essentially, thermal burns occur when a person comes into contact with something hot such as a scalding liquid, hot objects, or flames from a fire.
- Electrical burns. Electrical burns occur when a person comes into contact with an electrical current. This may occur if an individual comes into contact with a live wire or is struck by lightning.
- Radiation burns. This type of burn occurs when a person is exposed to a high dose of radiation. Individuals who undergo cancer radiation treatment may suffer radiation burns as well as individuals who have had prolonged exposure to the sun.
- Friction burns. Generally, a friction burn occurs when the skin harshly and rapidly rubs against a hard surface.
Burn injuries may occur as a result of the above listed, however, they are most commonly caused when a person comes into contact with fire or flames. Regardless of the type of burn, victims should seek immediate medical attention. Victims must have their burns properly treated by medical professionals. If you or someone you care about has sustained a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our skilled and determined team members. Allow our firm to fight on your behalf today.