The 3 Types of Burn Injuries

There are three main types of burns that a victim can suffer in an accident: thermal burns, electrical burns, and chemical burns. Each type of burn has different causes and can lead to different complications for the victim.

Thermal burns

Thermal burns happen when a part of your body comes into contact with a hot substance, and they account for the majority of burn cases in Texas.  Examples of a thermal burn include boiling water, fryer grease, flames or a hot cooking pan.  People of all ages can be affected by thermal burns, but children and the elderly are more at risk for complications from these types of burns. 

You could be suffering from a heat-induced burn if you were hurt by a liquid like boiling water, cooking oil, grease, tar, asphalt, or some other overheated liquid substance.  You can also receive a thermal burn from a hot object like a curling iron or hot oven, or from hot steam such as a hot car radiator.  Fires from burning buildings or a car accident can cause very serious burns.

Electrical burns

Burns are the most common type of injury sustained in electrical accidents. Thousands of people are injured in electrical accidents every year and these accidents are often work-related

These types of burns can be very serious, as electrical shock can cause damage to tissue below the surface of the skin. This means that the burn cannot be seen, but the damage is there – and it can be severe. In addition, there can be entrance and exit wounds on the victim’s body if the charge passed through them.

Due to the potential for serious, unseen internal damage, these can be nasty burns indeed and care from experts is necessary to ensure an injury does not go untreated.

Chemical burns

Chemical burns can result in a variety of different injuries.  They can start at minor skin irritation and lead up to respiratory failure.  Chemical burns can also be difficult to diagnose, as they can develop slowly over time, long after the victim was initially exposed to the offending substance.

The severity of a chemical burn will depend on how the chemical was introduced to the person’s body. Dangerous chemicals can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes, eaten, injected, or they can enter through a wound.  The type of chemical as well as its concentration will determine the severity of the burn.

Suffering from a thermal, electrical, or chemical burn?

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Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.