To pursue a claim following a burn injury, you must recognize where negligence exists. You should understand the different types of burn injuries which can help you determine the cause and who is liable for the damages you sustain.
Thermal burns are some of the most common and severe types of burns. These burns result from contact with scalding hot water, hot items, and more. Thermal burns also occur because of flames and scorching steam.
Chemical burns are more common in various workplaces involving acids, bleaches, detergents, solvents, and other strong chemicals. You must ensure that you have proper safety equipment when working with these items. Once a chemical touches your skin, a severe burn can occur.
Many people experience minor radiation burns each year, with sunburns being the most common type. Other radiation burns can occur during therapy or X-rays. Prolonged exposure to radiation can cause significant burns on your skin, and even deeper under the layers of your skin.
Friction burns occur when your skin rubs against another hard object. The result is you losing layers of your skin. These types of injuries are heat burns, but they are also abrasions that scrape at your skin. Carpet burns and road rash are common friction burns.
There are other types of burns that you may experience, including cold and electrical burns. Cold burns often involve frostbite, and damage results from exposure to freezing temperatures or very cold objects, such as dry ice. Electrical burns result from contact with currents which send electricity through your body, impacting the point of contact and internal organs.
While there are many accidental causes of burn injuries, some situations involve negligence. Whenever someone else causes you to suffer harm, our Sacramento burn injury attorneys will be there to guide you through the process of filing a claim for compensation. We’ll work hard to hold negligence fully accountable.