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Types of Burn Injuries and Sources of Burns

Burn injuries are frequent in Plano. In 2020 alone, the people of Plano were exposed to firework fires, vehicle fires, chemical burns, and more. If you or a member of your family were forced to endure a burn injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you may have grounds to file a legal claim. You should contact burn injury attorneys serving Plano Texas and determine if you may qualify for compensation for your suffering.

The experts at Carabin Shaw have included some information below to help you understand the types of burn injuries and sources of burns that can be represented by Plano personal injury attorneys.

Degrees of Burns

There are three degrees of burns: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. A personal injury attorney can represent any degree of burn. The severity of the burn is reflected by the higher the degree number.

Medical experts describe the three degrees as follows:
  • First-Degree

    A first-degree burn injures the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. Typical symptoms of a first-degree burn are dryness and irritation. The skin will often become reddened, but not to the point of blistering. These burns do not usually lead to long-term skin damage, though they are painful.

  • Second-Degree

    A second-degree burn damages the outer epidermis and also the next layer of skin, the dermis. The burn area will be reddened and irritated and will lead to blistering. Also, the risk of permanent damage such as scarring and skin-whitening is much higher with second-degree burns, and a lawyer can argue for disfigurement damages.

  • Third-Degree

    Third-degree burns are the most severe. A third-degree burn completely destroys the epidermis and the dermis, and it can even do damage to the tendons, muscles, and bone underneath the skin. Additionally, the burn will completely destroy the nerve endings in the burn area, leading to permanent loss of feeling in the area.

If you have a burn injury that fits anywhere on this spectrum, you should contact burn injury attorneys serving Plano Texas to discuss your injury and what options may be available to you.

Sources of Burns

There are many different types of burns that can cause severe, permanent damage. Some of the common burn injuries that Plano personal injury attorneys have represented include:

  • Thermal

    A thermal burn refers to some kind of heat source causing a burn. This can include a hot surface, a house fire, steam, etc.

  • Chemical

    A chemical burn can occur any time you are handling chemicals that can be caustic to your skin or your lungs. Some common causes of chemical burns include household cleaning chemicals and oil field chemicals.

  • Electrical

    An electrical burn is caused when dealing with live electrical wires. The threat of an electrical burn increases if you work in a profession that regularly works with electrical lines, but everyone around electrical lines and outlets throughout the day can be exposed.

  • Friction

    A friction burn is the result of an object rubbing or scraping off a portion of your skin. This type of burn can happen in a lot of different circumstances: working with power equipment, a vehicle accident, etc.

These are only four of many kinds of burns. The best way to fully explore the types of burns and available legal options is to contact a personal injury attorney.

Contact the Plano Attorneys at Carabin Shaw for a Free Case Review

The Plano attorneys at Carabin Shaw have represented victims of burn injuries for decades. We are the best equipped to help you receive the compensation you deserve. When you contact us, we will schedule a completely free initial consultation.

Call us toll-free at 800-862-1260 or fill out the online form.

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