A person may sustain a burn injury as a result of any type of accident including auto collisions, slip & falls, or product liability. The psychological and physical trauma that occurs as a result of severe burn injuries negatively impacts the lives of victims. If you have suffered a burn injury due to another person’s negligent actions, please don’t hesitate to contact a compassionate New York City Personal Injury Attorney who can help you seek the justice you deserve.
What are the different types of burn injuries?
An individual may suffer the following types of burn wounds:
- Thermal burns. This type of burn occurs when an individual comes into contact with an external heat source such as a hot object or scalding liquid.
- Chemical burns. This type of burn occurs when an individual comes into contact with a corrosive substance or a harsh solvent such as an acid.
- Radiation burns. This type of burn occurs when an individual is exposed to a high dose of radiation such as from an ultraviolet X-ray machine.
- Electrical burns. This type of burn occurs when an individual comes into contact with an electrical current such as a live wire.
- Friction burns. This type of burn occurs when an individual comes into contact with a rough surface such as a road.
Burn injuries are also classified into different categories based on the severity and extent of the wound. Burn injuries may be classified as follows:
- First-degree. This type of burn is painful, however, not considered a severe burn wound. First-degree burns only cause damage to the epidermis (outer layer of skin).
- Second-degree. This type of burn destroys the epidermis and parts of the dermis (the inner layer of skin underneath the epidermis).
- Third-degree. Although third-degree burns are severe, they do not cause pain, as this type of burn wound damages nerve endings. This type of burn destroys the epidermis and the dermis.
- Fourth-degree. Burn wounds of this degree are extremely severe and usually life-threatening. Fourth-degree burns destroy all layers of a person’s skin. Unfortunately, fourth-degree burns can cause significant damage to bones, muscles, and tendons. This type of burn can cause permanent damage.
Depending on the severity of a burn wound, an individual may require serious medical operations and treatments. Burn victims may need blister and scar removal, skin grafts, breathing assistance, exposure therapy, plastic surgery, cosmetic reconstruction, as well as other procedures and therapies. Burn victims may need certain medications to help manage their pain. Burn victims experience both physical and mental trauma that negatively impacts their welfare. Unfortunately, burn wounds can lead to other medical issues and can cause serious infections.
If you have suffered a burn injury in any type of accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. Once your wounds have been properly treated, it is imperative to acquire the right legal representation who can help you recover appropriate monetary compensation for your damages. Our firm cares deeply about our clients. Allow our firm to help you today.