A burn can be a horrific injury to suffer. Not only can burning of the skin cause excruciating pain which may linger for a long period of time, but it can also leaving physical scarring which can be difficult to come to terms with. But can burns only be caused by heat?
What are burn injuries?
A burn is an injury to the skin or flesh. It can be caused by a number of environmental factors and are categorised into several different levels of severity from superficial or first-degree burns up to fourth degree burns, where the flesh has been damaged right down to the muscle or bone.
What can cause burns other than heat?
Most burns are caused by thermal heat and this is the most common description of a burn, where the skin has been denatured as the result of contact with high temperatures. It is important to note that contact with a hot liquid is defined as a scald and not a burn. Here are some of the other environmental factors that may cause burning to the skin or flesh.
- Chemical burns
2 to 11% of all burns are attributed to chemical burns and account for up to 30% of burn-related deaths. Chemical burns can be caused by over contact with over 25,000 substances, the vast majority of which are either very strong alkalines or acids. Some of the more common agents which may cause a chemical burn include; sulfuric acid as found in many toilet cleaners, sodium hypochlorite as found in bleach and hydrofluoric acid which can deep burns that may not become symptomatic until sometime after exposure.
- Electrical burns
Electrical burns are injuries that are sustained when exposed to high voltages. Children are more likely to be affected by electrical burns than adults. The most common causes of electrical burns include electrical cords and sockets. It is also possible to receive a severe electrical burn through a lightning strike. In some cases, injuries from high voltages may occur entirely internally, meaning that it may be difficult to assess injuries from inspection of the skin.
Claiming compensation for burns
If you’ve suffered a burn perhaps as the result of an accident at work, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Advice Helpline today. Work-related injuries can be extremely serious and frightening and it’s important to get the right amount of compensation you deserve. Work accident compensation may not relieve the pain and suffering caused by a burn, but it may help to alleviate financial difficulties that arise as the result of an accident. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice