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Types of Burn Injuries

Each year, 1.1 million Americans receive medical attention for burns, and many of these burn victims carry lasting physical and emotional scars. If you’ve been hurt by a serious burn in El Paso, you may be wondering what you should do now. Fortunately, our El Paso personal injury lawyers are here to help.

Read on to learn about different types of burns, how a burn injury lawyer in El Paso can help, and why you should consult with our top Texas burn injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw as soon as possible.

What are Common Types of Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries can vary in severity, and can be caused by a number of various sources. All of the following burns can range from first-, second-, or third-degree, with first-degree burns being the least serious and third being the deepest and most severe.

Common burn injury types include:

  • Thermal burns

    This type of burn is a skin injury that occurs when a person comes into contact with hot surfaces, steam, or flame. Thermal burns are the most common type of burn injuries, accounting for an estimated 86% of patients requiring admission to burn centers in the U.S.

  • Electrical burns

    Electrical burns are skin burns that occur when electricity comes into contact with a body. These burns can result in extensive tissue damage and even organ damage, in severe cases. Electrical burns can be caused by contact with various sources of electricity, such as household currents, stun guns, or lightning strikes.

    These burns can range in severity, and the severity of the injury is not always evident—skin damage for severe electrical burns may be minor, because internal tissues may be more damaged than the skin’s surface. Consequently, it’s crucial to seek medical attention for all electrical burns.

  • Chemical burns

    Sometimes referred to as “caustic burns,” chemical burns are injuries to the skin or internal organs caused by contact with corrosive substances. They can happen at work or at home and often happen after contact with a strong acid or a strong base chemical. Many household cleaners can result in chemical burns, including ammonia, bleach, cleaners, battery acid, and more. Like other burn types, these burn injuries can range in severity and can even result in tissue damage, in severe cases.

  • Hot liquid burns

    Scald burns are caused by contact with hot or boiling liquids. They can be extremely painful and can cause severe damage to the skin. Immersion in boiling liquids for prolonged periods of time can result in third degree burns, and victims of these burns may require skin grafts or other surgeries.

  • Radiation burns

    Visually, radiation burns appear similar to thermal burns. However, these burns result from exposure to radiation, such as UV, X-ray, or radio waves. These burns can arise after medical treatments, and are sometimes a side effect of cancer treatment. Unlike other types of burns, radiation burns may not present immediately upon exposure to the source of radiation.

Hurt by a Burn Injury in El Paso? You Need an Experienced Lawyer

If you’ve been injured by a serious burn and want to find out whether negligence played a role in your injuries, an El Paso personal injury lawyer can help. When choosing a lawyer, you should look for someone who specializes in burn accident claims, since these cases are often difficult and complex. Fortunately, the top Texas burn injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw are burn accident experts, with a combined 200 years of legal experience.

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