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Burn Injuries Explained

02.14.2017 by | Burn Injuries

Burn Injury Lawyers in Florida

Burns are classified in two different ways: their degree/severity, and the source of the burn. The following reviews the different types of burn injuries, as well as what you should do if your burn injury was caused by another’s fault. At the Dolman Law Group, we care about ensuring that you get the best treatment for your burn injury possible, and have the financial means you need to improve your future.

Burn Injuries by Source

Most people associate burn injuries with touching hot surfaces or with an open flame, but there are many other sources of burn injuries that can be quite dangerous.

  • Thermal burns. Thermal burns are the most common types of burn injuries and are caused by direct contact with heat. The heat may be from a variety of sources, including explosions, boiling liquids, hot materials, flames, etc.
  • Chemical burns. Chemical burns are less common than are thermal burns, but can be equally as serious. This type of burn is caused when the skin comes in contact with a substance that is either strongly acidic or alkali. These types of burns need to be treated immediately.
  • Radiological burns. Perhaps the rarest burn type is a radiological burn, which occurs as a result of exposure to radiation.
  • Electrical burns. Electrical burns occur when a person is electrocuted. This type of burn is most common amongst electrical and construction workers.

How Is the Severity of a Burn Determined?

In addition to different sources of burns, there are also three different ways in which the severity of a burn is categorized: first, second, and third-degree burns. First-degree burns are the least serious burn type and are usually characterized by pain, redness of the affected area, and peeling as the burn heals. Only the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, is affected.

Second-degree burns are more serious. When a person sustains a second degree burn, the epidermis (outer layer) and dermis (inner layer) of skin are affected. In fact, the nerve endings may even be slightly affected. These burns are painful and may require surgical intervention to treat.

Of all the burn types, third-degree burns are the most serious. However, they are not the most painful; in a third-degree burn injury, the nerve endings are often destroyed, preventing the patient from feeling pain at all. Third-degree burns can be severe enough to result in death.

Seeking Compensation for Your Burn Injury

Burn injuries are very serious and can result in pain, permanent disfigurement and scarring, disability, and even death. When a burn injury would not have occurred but for someone else’s fault, you deserve to be compensated. At the Dolman Law Group, our compassionate Clearwater burn injury attorneys will competently represent you throughout the claims process. Contact us now to learn more.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900