Burn injuries are common workplace injuries that can have severe consequences. While we generally think of burn injuries as the result of being scalded, they can also occur due to exposure to chemicals or fire. The severity of a burn is measured by the depth, size, and duration of the injury, with more serious burns requiring more hospital stays and more difficult recoveries. And that makes it essential to hire personal injury lawyers from the Law Office of James T. Ponton, LLC to determine whether you are eligible for a claim.
Personal injury lawyers will determine whether you have a case by examining your medical records and looking through your accident type to see if there are any fire or safety violations.
Burn injuries fall into three categories, first-degree burns, second-degree burns, and third-degree burns. We will now see more into these categories here in this blog.
- First-degree burns
First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of the epidermis. It will affect the color of the skin and will be painful to the touch. These injuries can cause severe pain in the affected area, along with sores and scarring. You can acquire first-degree burns by being physically burned, scalded in a hot liquid, or from chemical burns, such as corrosives or acids
- Second-degree burns
Second-degree burns are much more serious than first-degree burns. They cause blistering and damage the epidermis and dermis. The deeper layers of skin will start to swell, causing pain and discomfort to the patient. In second-degree burns, wounds appear pink or red in color. You can get second-degree burns from chemicals like acids, fire, radiation, electricity, or overexposure to UV rays from the sun.
- Third-degree burns
Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. These are burns that go deep into the muscles and nerves. They affect deeper layers of the skin and can cause permanent damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and even bone if it is deep enough. Third-degree burns can even cause death if not treated immediately. They are much harder to treat than first and second-degree burns. It will affect all layers of skin in the area it has been inflicted with, which makes it an even more painful experience for the victim. You can get third-degree burns from electricity and extremes of heat, chemicals, or fire.