Even the mildest first or second-degree burn on your finger causes enough pain to linger for hours and keep your mind returning again and again to the injury. If you are reading this, unfortunately, that may mean that you or a loved one has suffered a much more severe burn that may have been caused by another party’s careless or reckless behavior. Traumatic burns that cover a large percentage of the body, that cause damage to all of the skin’s layers, or that impact muscles and tissue below the skin, are cause for serious concern. Possible fatal infection becomes a real threat with third and fourth-degree burn victims, amputation may be necessary, and countless reconstruction surgeries may linger on for years to come. The scarring and disfigurement may cause serious depression, anxiety, social isolation, and thoughts of suicide. Make no mistake, burns are one of the most serious types of injury, and the damages can last years or a lifetime. It is important to discuss your options for financial compensation if you or a loved one has been injured by another party, whether that party was a business owner, a manufacturer, or an individual. Call a Phoenix burn accident attorney today for assistance.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries affect millions of people every year. This is because there are hundreds, if not, thousands, of different ways to suffer a burn injury. They come in all different shapes, sizes, sources, and severities. See some of these different burn types and how they can be suffered below.
Heat Burn Injuries: Fire, Liquid, Vapor, and Contact
Heat burns occur when the body comes into contact with a hot object, fire, flames, a hot gas, or scalding liquid. The vast majority of burns are caused by heat. According to the American Burn Association, 43 percent of burns are caused by fire or flames, 34 percent are caused by a scalding liquid or vapor (such as steam), and nine percent are caused by contact with a hot object, such as a stove burner or overheating electronic device.
Electric Shock Burn Injuries
During an electric shock, which is simply the process of a strong electrical current passing through the human body, the victim may suffer burns at the entry and exit point of the electrical current. These burns vary in severity, with the most severe types of electrical shock injury coming from high voltage lines, lightning, home and automotive electronics, and outlets. Roughly 1,000 people die from electrocution each year, according to WebMD. While burns are the most common injury caused by electric shock, a severe shock can also cause other internal damage such as broken bones, paralysis, muscle damage, and more.
Chemical Burns and Radiation Burns
Many household cleaners or substances used at work in manufacturing, manual labor, or similar type jobs contain chemicals that can cause serious burns to the skin, eyes, and mouth. While rarer than other types of burns, radiation burns are caused by X-ray exposure, sun damage to the skin, and cancer therapy.
An inhalation burn is caused by inhaling hot vapor, smoke, or gas, which sears the lungs and airways. Inhalation injuries are often in accompanance of heat burn injuries from house or apartment fires.
Call an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney at Once
The Phoenix burn injury attorneys at Walker Morgan, LLC are here to offer experienced legal assistance. Call us today at 803-359-6194. We will advocate on your behalf and help you recover compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.
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