Kinds of Burn Injuries

Posted By Karen on Jul 12, 2016 | 0 comments


Burns are among the most painful types of injuries a person can experience. Depending on how severe a burn injury is, the usual results range from blisters to disfigured skin or even death.

Most burn-causing accidents happen in the home rather than in the workplace or anywhere else. Records from the National Burn Repository (NBR) of the American Burn Association (ABA), show that 73% of all burn accidents in the U.S. are household-related and the most common victims are children and senior citizens

There are different kinds of burn injuries, each kind being based on what caused the burn injury. Based on this, there is:

  • ┬áThermal or heat burn injury, which is caused by heat from the steam from boiling water, hot tap water, hot food or drink, hot grease/oil, curling iron, flat iron, fire, firework, and flammable liquids. When caused by boiling water or very hot liquid, the resulting injury is scald, which is most commonly suffered by children and senior citizens;
  • Chemical burn injury is caused by strong acids and bases. Chemicals used in pools, ammonia, car battery acid, cleaning products, drain cleaners, and teeth whitening products and are a few of the common products that cause chemical burns.
  • Electrical burn injury may be due to electrocution, getting struck by lightning, contact with power lines, or short-circuiting devices. An electrical burn can cause a life-threatening internal injury.
  • Radiation burn injury causes damage to the skin or tissues. This happens after being exposed to radiation. The different types of radiation burn include sunburn, ionizing radiation, thermal radiation, radio frequency energy, and nuclear radiation.

According to The Benton Law Firm, burn injuries leave long-lasting scars and injuries that can often be fatal if serious enough. Bringing a claim against the negligent person who caused the burn injury, may help the victim recover damages for medical expenses and any related expenses such as lost wages or future earnings.

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