If you think all burns are much the same, think again. While you can suffer first, second or third degree burns over a certain percentage of your body, burns can also be classified into different types of burn injury. Thermal burns include the most commonly-occurring burns – those that are caused by exposure to steam or flame. Contact burns also come under this type, as do flash burns.
In truth burns can be very serious in nature on some occasions. Many people have accidents where they are the root cause of the burn, perhaps through carelessness. However, on other occasions someone might cause someone else to suffer a burn through negligence.
Chemical, electrical and radiological burns
These are the other three types of burn injury someone can suffer from. In the case of chemical burns you might think acid burns are the worst. However, alkali burns are said to be worse still. Electrical burns can be caused by lightning and also by the more obvious electrical current in the home. Radiological burns tend to occur through radiation emitted in large quantities. We see this when a nuclear accident occurs, which thankfully is very rare.
Workplaces have to adhere to strict rules about health and safety in order to make sure no workers are ever in any danger with regard to sustaining burns. This applies to burns of any kind. In addition we all have a responsibility to ensure we do not put anyone else in danger in any way in this respect.
Learning about different types of burn injury
When we know what the different types of injury are we will know how best to treat them, or to have the burns treated, depending on their severity. This means we can react in the proper manner whatever the situation may be.
Thankfully few people will ever be confronted by situations in which they are put in danger from a burn of any kind. However, if you have received burn injuries in some way and you think someone else may have been at fault for creating that situation, call on Accident Advice Helpline to provide you with no-obligation advice. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to discover more about your situation and to see whether you could make a claim for compensation. We may be able to help you so get in touch today.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown