Types of Burn Injuries:
Burns are typically classified by their cause. Thermal burns occur when an external source, such as a scalding liquid, steam, or flames, raises the temperature of the skin resulting in tissue damage. Caustic acids, solvents, detergents, and other agents can cause chemical burns when they come into contact with the skin. Electrical burns occur when an electrical current passes through the body.
A first-degree burn only affects the superficial outer layer of the skin. The damaged area may be red and painful, but there is normally no blistering. A second-degree burn reaches the second layer of skin known as the dermis and typically involves blistering. A third-degree burn may penetrate to the underlying tendons, muscle, and bone. The affected area will normally appear white, charred, or leathery.
As a general rule, the greater the body surface area covered by the burn, the greater the severity of the burn. With today's sophisticated treatments, patients with burns affecting up to 90 percent of their body may be able to survive. Treatments for severe burns include the removal of dead and damaged tissue to allow for the growth of healthy tissue, preventing infections, surgery to restore the appearance and function of the affected area, and physical therapy. The physical, financial, and emotional toll faced by burn victims is substantial and may last for months or even years.
If you or a loved one needs help filing a personal injury claim or filing a lawsuit for your burn injury, we can help.