According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), about 1.25 million Americans experience a burn injury each year. In fact, burn injuries and car accidents cause more accidental fatalities than any other type of accident. While most burns are superficial and don't damage tissues deeper than the dermis, in the worst cases, the aftermath can be devastating or fatal, especially if muscle, bone and blood vessels are injured.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include exposure to:
- Boiling water
- Fire, which can be set accidentally or result from a car or truck accident
- Hot surfaces
Burn Injuries From Truck Accidents
Burn injuries are often a result of serious truck accidents, especially in accidents that involve trucks that are carrying chemicals or large amounts of gas or oil. In the event of a truck accident, burn injuries can be complicated by shock, respiratory distress and electrolyte imbalance.
If you or someone you love has sustained serious burns in a truck accident, the pain can be excruciating, and the physical disfigurement can be devastating. To find out if you qualify to collect compensation for your injuries and losses, please contact our truck accident lawyers today. We represent people who have been severely injured in truck accidents as well as families whose loved ones were killed in a truck accident.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are classified into four categories called degrees; with the first degree referring to the mildest burns, and the fourth degree encompassing the most severe burn injuries. Specific symptoms of each degree of burn include:
- First degree burns: Affecting only the epidermis, these burns typically cause redness, a white plaque and minor pain at the burn site.
- Second degree burns: Damaging both the epidermis and dermis, these burn injuries are marked by blistering, pain and mild (repairable) nerve damage
- Third degree burns: Affecting all three layers of the skin down to the subcutaneous layer, these burns are characterized by thick, black dead tissue (eschar) and extreme pain. Third degree burns will result in scarring and loss of hair shafts
- Fourth degree burns: The most severe and deadly burn, fourth degree burns damage the muscle, tendon and ligament tissues. They are extremely painful and result in permanent disfigurement, as well as permanent disabilities. Should a person survive a fourth degree burn, he will need skin grafting
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