Statistics show that more than 100,000 people a year go to medical and emergency units to get treatment for burn injuries. Luckily, most of the injuries are mild and patients are soon able to go back to their normal lives. About 10%, however, require serious attention and specialist care – a remarkably high number, as often these injuries could have been prevented.
Burn injuries can be caused not only by sources of heat, but also by chemicals, friction, sources of extreme cold, electricity, and radiation. They can have serious consequences indeed. If you’ve sustained burn injuries (especially through the fault or negligence of someone else), then this one’s for you. Here’s everything you need to know about burn injuries: classifications, causes, claims, and more to establish a burn injury claim.
Burn injuries are classified according to their seriousness in three categories. They are:
- First degree burn – this involves damage to the outer layer of the skin and is the least serious. The victim will experience pain and redness, but should recover quickly.
- Second degree burn – this involves damage to the two layers of the skin, and results in blistering, pain and irritation, and possibly infection if it is not immediately taken care of.
- Third degree burn – this is the most serious. The skin is completely damaged, possibly underlying tissue (muscle and nerves) as well. It could result in scarring and, in more serious matters, disfiguration or invalidity and even death.
Burns are not just caused by exposure to hot objects. They can also be caused by electrical current, chemicals, friction, extremely cold objects, radiation, and so on. Burns come in various forms – although the symptoms tend to be the same.
In the worst cases, burns can have life-altering consequences – not only financially (due to the medical expenses or inability to work) but also due to physical deformation and the emotional distress caused by the injuries.
If you are a victim through no fault of your own and can show that a third party is to blame, you may be able to assign legal liability and make a claim for burn injury.
If you feel you have been a victim of a burn injury through no fault of your own, never hesitate to seek legal advice; there are many solicitors who specialise in burn injuries and often work on a No Win, No Fee basis (there are also special beauty treatment solicitors, hair damage expert solicitors, and more, so look for one with experience with similar cases). The solicitor can help establish your case and either negotiate a settlement outside of court, or, if necessary, assist you in litigation. It’s important to make a claim, not only for your own recovery and compensation, but also to hold those responsible accountable.
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