There are many differing degrees and causes of burn injuries. According to healthcare.utah.edu, the leading causes of accidental injury at home include burns, making “burns and fires the fifth most common cause of accidental death in children and adults.”
No person is exempt from the chance of incurring a burn injury and it is in your best interest to understand the severity and the causes so you can prevent you, your loved ones and those around you from being the victim of a burn injury.
The Severity of Burn Injuries
First-degree burns are when only the top layer of skin is involved. “The skin is red, painful and dry, but usually heals on its own without scarring within a week,” (burninjuryonline.com). “Long-term, chronic pain may result even after the redness and swelling have subsided.
Second-degree burns are sometimes called partial-thickness burns. They “involve the top layers of skin. It is red and blisters and may weep clear fluid.” Second-degree burns usually heal in anywhere from three to four weeks. These burns can sometimes result in a scar.”
Third-degree burns are the most severe. They are also called full-thickness burns. They “destroy all layers of skin and can penetrate the underlying fat, muscle, bone and nerve structures. They appear brown or black with underlying tissues appearing white.” Third-degree burns are more likely to leave disfiguring scars. They involve ongoing treatments like therapy, vocational rehabilitation, plastic surgery and sometimes skin grafts.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include: heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction, (healthcare.utah.edu).
Awareness and caution are key in preventing you or a loved one from becoming another victim of a burn injury. If you are a victim of a burn injury Utah, the burn injury attorneys at Christensen Law Firm can help. Call us today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you.