Explosions, accidents, fires…each year, these events lead to severe burn injuries for more than one million people in the United States, often devastating lives in the process. Survivors may face pain, disfigurement, infections, and rigorous physical therapy, with some types of burn injuries requiring lifelong medical treatment.
Burn Injury Classifications
First Degree Burn: Affects the skin’s top layer, causing redness, swelling and pain.
Second Degree Burn: Affects the skin’s top two layers, causing blisters and extreme pain.
Third Degree Burn: Affects all three layers of skin, as well as underlying muscles, tendons, and ligaments, causing shock, dehydration, organ damage and, perhaps, death.
Internal Burn: Caused by exposure to or breathing in of toxic chemicals or fumes. Symptoms include internal blisters and burns, along with scarring to the eyes, throat and lungs.
Common Burn Injury Causes
- Auto accidents
- Scalding (Hot liquids)
- Chemical Burns (Industrial product exposure, car battery acid, bleach, pool chlorination products)
Get Help for a Burn Injury
If you or a loved one experience a burn injury, seek medical help immediately. Then, consult an experienced burn injury attorney who can help to restore your peace of mind and knows how to seek compensation for your injuries.