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Burn Injury Types, Causes, and How We Can Help

Woker who was electrocuted

By Grace Hancock

A severe burn is a common type of catastrophic injury. This type of injury may require surgery or long-term medical care and can result in lost wages and secondary illnesses. If someone else’s negligence causes you to have a severe burn injury, then you may be eligible for financial compensation. Our experienced attorneys can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

In this article, we dive into the different types of burn injuries, their common causes, and how a burn injury attorney can help you. Keep reading to learn more.

Different Types of Burn Injuries Explained Infographic

Burn injury degrees explained

Above is an infographic explaining the different types of burns. The information included in the infographic can be found using the link at the bottom or by clicking on medlineplus.gov.

Further Information on Different Types of Burn Injuries

Not included in the infographic are fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns. Any injury above a third-degree burn requires immediate medical attention. Fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns can damage everything from each layer of your skin to your bones. These severe burns almost always result in permanent damage to the body and are more than often fatal.

All burns should be taken seriously. Even a first-degree sunburn can result in skin damage. This is why you should treat even the most minor of burns with caution.

Common Ways a Burn Injury May Occur

Four common causes of burn injuries at home and in the workplace include smoke inhalation, electrical equipment, thermal contact, and chemicals.

Smoke Inhalation

The burning of fossil fuels produces dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide. Inhaling too much carbon dioxide in a fire can cause damage to the lungs. This can happen even if you aren’t directly exposed to flames.

Electrical Equipment Mishaps

Electrical burns can happen as a result of touching exposed wires or swimming in an electrical current. They most often happen as a result of mishandling machinery and are a common injury among manufacturing and construction workers.

Thermal Contact

This is the most common cause of burn injuries. Thermal burns occur when a person comes into direct contact with a source of open heat, such as the flames of a fire or boiling water.

Contact With Dangerous Chemicals

Many manufacturing, construction, and research jobs require workers to work with dangerous chemicals. Certain acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, thinning agents, and alkylating agents are harmful to the human body. Direct contact with one of these substances can result in a chemical burn.

How a Burn Injury Attorney Can Help You

If you were burned while on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, many employers will jump through hoops to avoid paying workers comp to their injured employees, which is why in this case you’d need a lawyer on your side.

A lawyer specializing in personal injury law will be able to help you understand your rights as well as your options as you navigate your claim. Additionally, a personal injury lawyer will be able to help you seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any lost wages or property damage stemming from your accident.

Tampa Bay Catastrophic Burn Injury Attorneys

Hancock Injury Attorneys specialize in traumatic and catastrophic injuries. We handle the complexities of your case so you can focus on your recovery. Our law firm has represented many injury victims and has won compensation for them all. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your potential case with an attorney, contact us on our website or call us at (813) 901-1110.