Burns can be caused by any of the following:
- Hot water / scalding water
- Contact burns with hot objects such as playground equipment, a stove or motorcycle exhaust
- Extreme cold
- Friction burns such as road rash from a motorcycle accident
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Radiation burns
The seriousness of a burn is described in degrees called a first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn or fourth degree burn.
A first-degree burn causes pain, redness and swelling but is not a serious burn.
Second-degree burns are often serious, especially if more than 2-3 inches wide or on certain areas of the body. Second-degree burns or partial thickness burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin and cause blistering.
Third-degree burns are always serious and are often extremely serious. Third-degree burns also called full thickness burns affect the deep layers of skin. Some third-degree burns require skin grafting. Third-degree burns affecting a large area of the body are life-threatening. Even third-degree burns affecting a small area of the body can be dangerous due to the possibility of infection.
Fourth degree burns are third-degree burns (full thickness burns) which extend into the muscle and bone. Obviously, fourth degree burns are extremely serious.
If you have a 2nd degree burn we would like to speak with you during a free consultation. If you have a 3rd degree burn or 4th degree burn, we definitely want to represent you. The attorneys at FRANCKEL & PLEVY will provide you with personal service and will spend the time your case deserves.
Due to the visible nature of burns, these injuries can be quite valuable. More serious burns may result in scarring, disfigurement, serious restrictions of movement and extensive treatment including skin grafting and other types of medical treatment.
This photo shows a 3rd degree heat burn on the calf caused by contact with a motorcycle exhaust and a 3rd degree friction burn on his thigh from the tire.
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