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Suffering a burn injury can be one of the most painful and disfiguring injury types, with some burn injury victims requiring long-term care after an accident resulting in a burn occurs. At the offices of Bednarz Law, our Tennessee burn injury attorneys have seen how terrible burns–and the lasting effects of a burn injury–can be, and are passionate about helping those who have been harmed recover compensation for their losses.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be incurred in nearly any accident type, as many different accidents involve or generate heat or friction. For example, a person can suffer road burn when skidding along pavement after being hit by a car while riding a bike or a motorcycle, or a person could be burned in a car accident that results in fire or explosion.
In addition to the multiple different types of motor vehicle accidents that can cause burn injuries, industrial accidents, construction accidents, and accidents in the home (i.e. a candle leading to a home fire) can all cause burn injuries as well.
Types and Degrees of Burns
Burns are classified by type of burn and degree of burn. Types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal burns, which occur when the skin comes in contact with something hot (hot stove, flame, etc.);
- Chemical burns that are the result of exposure to certain chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia;
- Electrical burns, which happen when the body comes in contact with an electrical current;
- Friction burns, which occur when the skin comes in contact with a hard surface, creating a lot of friction (friction generates heat, and as such this can actually be a thermal burn); and
- Radiation burns, which are the least common type of burn and occur as a result of radiation exposure. This may happen to a cancer patient who is undergoing radiation therapy, for example.
Burns are also classified by degree, which refers to how serious the burn injury is. Degrees of burns include:
- First degree burns. This is the least severe type of burn injury, and will usually heal on its own without any professional treatment. For example, a sunburn is a first degree burn injury. Only the outermost layer of the skin is damaged.
- Second degree burns. Second degree burns are more serious than first degree burns, and affect both the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and the layer of skin under that (dermis). This type of burn is very painful, and can lead to infection or serious scarring.
- Third degree burns. Third degree burns are the most severe burn type, although they may actually be less painful than first and second degree burns because the nerves may be destroyed, resulting in a loss of feeling. These burns affect all layers of the skin, and will leave permanent scarring.
Some medical professionals also recognize fourth degree burns, which not only affect all layers of the dermis and subcutaneous tissues, but also burn bones, muscles, and tendons.
You Deserve to Be Compensated
If you have suffered a serious burn injury, you may be facing mounting medical bills, disability, and permanent scarring and disfigurement. Our attorneys want to make sure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve, and our determined burn injury lawyers will work hard for you as such. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help.