Causes & Classifications of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries may be caused by car accidents, construction site accidents, and other hazardous situations. Victims may suffer scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, organ damage, and other serious conditions that require intensive medical treatment and long-term care. Since burns over large portions of the body, as well as severe third and fourth-degree burns, are often considered catastrophic, it is important to file a claim and seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and other injury-related costs.
Common causes of burn injuries include:
- Hot objects
- Harsh chemicals
- Flames and fires
- Scalding liquids
Burn Injury Classifications
Burn injuries fall into four broad classifications:
- First-degree burns. These burns affect only the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. The affected area may appear slightly red and swollen. No medical treatment is required, and the burnt skin may heal within a matter of days.
- Second-degree burns. These burns affect the outer layer of skin, as well as the second layer of skin, known as the dermis. The affected area may appear red, swollen, and blistered. Taking ibuprofen and running the burnt area under cool water may help speed the recovery process. Scars may be left by the blisters, but there burns are not considered life-threatening.
- Third-degree burns. These burns affect both layers of skin and the fatty tissue beneath the skin, known as the adipose tissue. The burnt area may appear waxy or leathery, and white or tan. The patient may feel no pain due to nerve damage, but these burns require immediate medical attention to prevent infections and other complications.
- Fourth-degree burns. These burns affect both layers of skin, as well as the adipose tissue and the bones, muscles, soft tissues, and organs. If left untreated, fourth-degree burns may be fatal. Emergency medical attention is required, and these burns could result in permanent nerve damage, scarring, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and other serious consequences.
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