Burn injuries can lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability. While many burn injuries are minor, even these can cause a great deal of pain and cause missed work. People can suffer four types of burn injuries while at work, on the job, or during a daily commute – thermal, electrical, chemical, and radiation. Learn the different types of burns, where you might sustain a burn injury, and when to contact HawkLaw for legal help.
Types and Causes of Burn Injuries
A burn injury can happen in a variety of situations, from a workplace accident to around the home. The leading causes of burn injuries in older adults are smoking and open flames. In children, scalding is the leading cause. Many burns occur in the household, from scalding liquids, hot metals, steam, and flames. This type of injury is a thermal burn, or a burn due to heat sources contacting the skin. Thermal burns can occur in car accidents, from touching a product such as a defective water heater, or from fires.
Electrical burns are unique in that the damage is typically beneath the top layer of skin. An electrical burn comes from electrical current coursing through the body. A person might suffer an electrical burn from coming in contact with a power line on the job, a defective electrical appliance, or from accidents involving small children and electronics. Electrical injuries can be external and internal, damaging your nerves, muscles, and deep tissues.
Chemical burns can happen around the home, when someone uses a chemical product or two products together that don’t have proper warning labels of the risk of burn injury. They can also occur on the job, when working with hazardous chemicals without the proper safety equipment. Radiation burns come from thermal radiation and ultraviolet light, such as sunburn. Severe sunburn can lead to sun poisoning and dehydration.
The type of burn is important during treatment, as each type requires special care. Treatment for a burn injury can be complex and include pain management, physical therapy, cosmetic reconstruction, skin grafting, and counseling to treat mental and emotional responses to burn injuries. If someone else’s negligence puts you through this damaging type of injury, we encourage you to seek compensation.
When Is a Burn Injury Negligence?
It can be difficult to know when your burn injury is the result of negligence. Many people assume they caused the burn accident themselves; however, it’s common for burns to result from defective products, household chemicals without proper warning labels, and preventable workplace accidents. When a burn injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence, it constitutes grounds for a personal injury claim. Examples of burn injuries likely due to negligence include:
If you’ve been involved in any of these types of accidents and sustained a serious burn injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Filing a claim with the South Carolina civil courts might be your only chance to obtain financial support for your past and ongoing medical expenses, including physical and emotional therapies. A personal injury claim will also compensate you for losses such as missed time at work, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Burn injuries often affect a victim psychologically, even after the wound has healed. Many burns result in permanent scarring, reminding the victim of the accident for life. HawkLaw can help you seek compensation for your damaging burn injury. Call 888-HAWKLAW to set up your free consultation* today.
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