In 2016, people received a total of about 486,000 burn injuries, according
to the National Burn Repository (NBR) of the American Burn Association
(ABA). Burn injuries can be sustained in a multitude of different ways,
from kitchen burns to injuries sustained on the job. Here is a list of
the types of burns many people sustain and what to do if they happen to you.
Thermal burns come from making contact with heated objects, such as steam,
fire, hot oil, and boiling water. Children most often sustain scalds,
but for adults, burn injuries are typically caused by fire.
A chemical burn can happen when your skin comes into contact with a corrosive
material, such as a strong acid or base. Products that can give you a
chemical burn include the following:
- Mustard gas
Chemicals don’t need a source of heat to cause damage to you, and
the injuries can happen immediately on contact. People can encounter them
by using corrosive cleaning products or by working with or near them in
An electrical burn can happen when electricity runs through your body and
causes rapid injury. Electrical burns can be particularly dangerous because
they cause subdermal damage; you may not see much of a burn on your skin,
but your internal organs could be damaged. These injuries can happen when
a person touches or grasps electrically live objects, inserts a finger
into an electrical socket, or falls into electrified water. Although rare,
being struck by lightning can also cause electrical burns.
Radiological, or radiation, burns occur when you are exposed to radiation.
Radiological burns can damage the skin or other biological tissue. The
most common type of radiological burn is caused by UV radiation, which
causes sunburn. However, they can also be caused by high power radio transmitters,
receiving radiation therapy, radioactive fallout, or nuclear accidents.
Radiological burns are also often associated with radiation-induced cancer,
which develops when ionizing radiation interacts with and damages DNA.
If you are injured by burns caused by someone else’s negligence,
you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. If you receive
burns in a work setting, you can file a
workers’ compensation claim for any medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages you
might incur as a result of your injury.
Harrisburg personal injury attorneys at
Metzger Wickersham believe in helping victims of injuries get compensation and justice for
the harm done to them. We have helped thousands of clients achieve satisfactory
case results and have earned a reputation for being one of the most trusted
personal injury teams anywhere. Let us see what we can do for you.
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