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An Overview of Burn Injuries

Burns are among the most painful and harmful of all personal injuries. Not only can burns cause intense pain and suffering, but they can also result in serious physical deformities. Often, when a person suffers visible scarring due to a burn injury, he or she also experiences mental trauma. In this article, we provide an overview of burn injuries. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, please contact a West Virginia burn injury attorney as soon as possible.  

Types of Burn Injuries

There are several types of burn injuries, and they run the gamut from minor to life-threatening. Common types of burn injuries include:

  • Thermal burns: These types of burns are commonly caused by fire, steam, airbags, scalding liquid, or touching a hot object. 
  • Chemical burns: Chemical burns are commonly caused by detergents, solvents, or strong acids. These types of burns can also be caused by chemical explosions
  • Electrical burns: When an electrical current comes into contact with the skin, an electric burn is a common result. 
  • Radiation burns: These kinds of burns can be caused by ultraviolet light, the sun, or nuclear radiation.
  • Friction burns: Friction burns occur when a hard object rubs against the skin. These types of burns are common in bicycle and motorcycle accidents.

Burn Injury Severity 

Burn injuries are categorized by degree. The higher the degree, the more severe the burn injury. Burn injuries are categorized as follows:

  • First Degree: Burns in this category are the least serious of all burn injuries. With a first-degree burn, the outermost layer of skin is burned. First-degree burns are characterized by redness, pain, and swelling. Medical attention generally isn’t required for a first-degree burn. 
  • Second Degree: A second-degree burn affects the outer layer of skin and the second layer of skin. Second degree burns are characterized by blisters, significant pain, and swelling. Second-degree burns can take weeks to heal and can result in permanent discoloration and scarring.
  • Third Degree: This type of burn destroys two full layers of the skin. Third-degree burns often cause the skin to take on a charred or white appearance. This type of burn damages the nerve endings, so it usually isn’t accompanied by pain. 
  • Fourth Degree: This is the most serious type of burn. Fourth-degree burns can be life-threatening and destroy all layers of the skin. These types of burns can also damage the bones, tendons, muscles, and even the organs.

West Virginia Burn Injury Attorneys 

If you’ve suffered burn injuries in an accident in West Virginia, you should contact an experienced West Virginia burn injury attorney for help. At Hewitt & Salvatore, our experienced personal injury attorneys will vigorously pursue financial compensation on your behalf. When you come to us for assistance, we will do everything in our power to ensure that your claim is a success. Please contact us today for a free consultation.