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Burns are a common injury, affecting approximately a half million people per year in the United States. Burns often happen in the home, such as when cooking or playing with lighters or matches. They can also occur while tending to a fireplace or wood stove.

Burns can also happen due to someone else’s negligence. For example, a car crash or workplace accident can cause a fire to erupt, burning those nearby.

Burns can range from minor to severe. A minor burn may heal on its own within a few days, while a severe one will likely require major treatment and often lead to scarring and disfigurement.

A burn can result in serious damages, including costly treatment. You may suffer from emotional effects. If you have been affected, contact Allen Law Firm today so we can assess your situation. See how our lawyers can assist you after a major burn injury has negatively impacted your life.

Types of Burns

There are several types of burns a person can suffer:

  • Thermal burns. This is the most common type of burn. It occurs when you touch a very hot object. The temperature of your skin rises to the point that your skin cells start dying. Flames, steam, hot metals, and scalding liquids, can all cause thermal burns.
  • Electrical burns. Coming into contact with an electrical current can cause an electrical burn.
  • Radiation burns. Sunburn is a type of radiation burn. X-rays or radiation therapy to treat cancer can also cause these burns.
  • Chemical burns. Strong acids, detergents, and other chemicals can touch your skin and cause it to burn.
  • Friction burn. This occurs when a hard object rubs off some of your skin. Road rash and carpet burn are two common types of friction burn.
  • Cold burns. Frostbite is a type of cold burn that can cause damage to your skin by freezing it.

Degrees of Burns

There are four degrees of burns:

  • First-degree. This burn is mild and affects only the outer layer of skin, like a sunburn. There may be redness and pain.
  • Second-degree. The outer layer of skin and the layer underneath are both burned. The skin may be red and swollen and have blisters.
  • Third-degree. This type of burn destroys two full layers of skin. Since nerve endings are also damaged, the burn won’t be painful. The skin may look black, white, brown, or yellow.
  • Fourth-degree. A fourth-degree burn is the most severe, damaging not only skin, but also bones, muscles, and tendons. These burns are often fatal.

Contact Allen Law Firm Today

A burn can cause long-term effects. Severe burns may require significant treatment. Complications such as infections are common.

Don’t deal with a severe burn on your own. Allen Law Firm can help you when you need compassion, experience, and results. Schedule a free consultation with our office today. Contact our Monterey burn injuries lawyer by filling out the online form or calling (831) 901-3901.

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