The Most Common Causes of a Burn Injury

Doctor wrapping a woman's burned ankle

Being burned is a serious and painful experience. Burn injuries can cause severe physical, emotional, and financial damage that can last for weeks, months, or even years.

If you or someone close to you has experienced a burn due to another person/company's negligence or recklessness, it is highly advisable to contact an attorney. Here, we'll explore both prevention plans and legal options surrounding burns, so you can protect yourself and remain prepared.

Overview of Burn Injuries & Their Impact on Victims

Burn injuries can occur in a variety of situations, from work accidents to car crashes, but they are particularly common in cases of negligence. Victims of burn injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including painful skin grafts and surgeries, and may experience long-term disabilities or disfigurement. In addition to physical injuries, burn victims may also suffer from psychological distress and anxiety as they struggle to adjust to their new circumstances.

Types of Burns & How They Can Occur

Severe burns can cause damage to the skin, tissue, and even internal organs. Not all burns are the same, however; there are several different types, each with their own unique characteristics and potential causes:

Types of burns include:

  • Thermal burns occur when the skin comes into contact with hot objects or flames.
  • Chemical burns are the result of exposure to corrosive substances.
  • Electrical burns are caused by electrical accidents like faulty wiring or sparking appliances.
  • Radiation burns are a risk for those working in nuclear power plants, hospitals, or other places where radiation is used.

Causes of Burns

While there is no one main type of burn injury, it is important to understand the various causes of burns, so you can avoid them in your workplace and at home.

Common causes of severe burns include:

  • Contact with hot liquids or objects.
  • Electrical sparking or shocks.
  • Coming in contact with various toxic chemicals.
  • Exposure to prolonged and intense sunlight.

Remember, even a seemingly minor burn can cause long-lasting pain and scarring. That’s why it is imperative that individuals and organizations take proper precautions to prevent these incidents from occurring.

Preventing Severe Burns

The best way to prevent burn injuries is by following rules and prevention tips. Avoid direct contact with hot objects, wear protective clothing while working with chemicals or electricity, and take extra precautions in the sun, such as staying in the shade when possible and always applying sunscreen. These practices can seem like small inconveniences, but they may make a world of difference in preventing accidents and injuries.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a burn caused by someone else’s carelessness, seeking medical assistance immediately is the most important step to take on the road to recovery. Seeking treatment will also serve as evidence for any legal action that may need to be taken down the line.

Leonard Law Group Is Here for You

It's okay to acknowledge the emotional and physical trauma that can accompany a burn injury.

At Leonard Law Group, our experienced burn injury attorneys are here to provide compassionate legal assistance, and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Too often, employers neglect to take proper care of their employees following a burn accident, which is why our workers’ compensation pros have dedicated their careers to assisting individuals injured by burns and more.

Call (312) 487-2513 today to request a free consultation or contact us online.

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