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What Are Some of the Common Causes of Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries can be very painful, and they are also injuries that can have an impact on the rest of a person’s life, due to scaring and injuries that don’t fully heal. If the burns are bad enough, they can even cause someone in California to be disabled.

There are a few common ways in which burns happen, some that are worse than others.

  • Heat Burns: This is what most people think of first, and it includes burns from open flames, steam and hot liquids.
  • Electrical Burns: An electrical burn happens after excessive exposure to an electrical current, such as when a person touches a downed power line. These burns can also come from lightning strikes.
  • Cold Burns: The cold can be just as dangerous as heat, causing burns when someone touches an extremely cold surface or is exposed to cold, windy weather.
  • Chemical Burns: Touching certain chemicals can scald the skin, even if they are not hot, which is why protective gear is worn in school labs. Chemicals such as acids can melt the skin and cause lasting damage.
  • Friction Burns: A friction burn comes when two surfaces rub against one another and heat is created. For instance, a child sliding down a rope after climbing it could burn his or her hands.
  • Radiation Burns: While radiation burns can come from some weapons, most of them in the modern world come from medical situations, such as x-rays or treatments for cancer.

Those who have suffered from burns that were caused by someone else or by negligence may be able to seek compensation for their injuries.

Source: Web MD, “Burns and Electric Shock – Topic Overview,” accessed July 21, 2015