Burn Injuries: Causes and Degrees
Burn injuries can result in both physical and mental pain, but not many people are aware of the various causes involving negligence. Nor do they recognize the severity categorized by degree. Here are some of the things you need to know about burn injuries to help you understand your options.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are numerous causes of burn injuries, but this list will focus on those involving negligence and how other people may be considered liable for any injuries you sustain.
· Thermal burns: These are caused by flames, scalding hot liquids, or hot items. In terms of negligence, they can be caused by a waiter spilling hot coffee on someone, an act of arson, or a fire caused by a car accident.
· Electrical burns: These can be caused by bad wiring no longer protected by insulation. This may be the situation if the manufacturer is negligent in their production of the wire and exposes the user to harm.
· Chemical burns: In some workplaces, there are several chemicals present. Whether you are not provided proper safety equipment or someone else’s actions cause the chemicals to come into contact with your skin, it can be negligent.
· Friction burns: These are referred to burns, but they can also include scrapes from constant rubbing against a hard surface. For instance, if a motorcyclist is involved in a negligence-related crash and he or she slides on the cement, this can cause a friction burn.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized based on degree of severity. First-degree burns are typically not difficult to deal with and can heal by themselves over the course of a week or two. Second-degree burns impact the top and lower layer of skin, potentially causing significant pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.
Third-degree burns are considered the worst. They can cause the skin to turn white or black with a charred, leathery feel. Whoever suffers this type of burn may not feel pain at the spot of the burn due to nerve damage, as well as damage to the tissues, muscles, and bone in the affected area.
If someone’s negligence resulted in your suffering a burn injury, our team is here to help you. At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, you’ll find dedicated burn injury lawyers ready to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you need.
Call our firm today at (806) 397-0300. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.