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Information Regarding Burn Injuries

Information Regarding Burn Injuries

The American Burn Association (ABA) states that there are approximately 486,000 burn injuries [1] receiving treatment per year. Of those 486,000 burn injuries, nearly 40,000 require hospitalization [2] of the burn victim in either a hospital or a burn center throughout the country. What Kinds of Accidents can Cause Burns? Although many burns may be caused by purely by accident, many burns can be traced back to either negligence of an individual or a defective product that has created an unreasonably dangerous risk to users. Burns can be caused by a number of different agents. Typically, burns result in injuries to the victim’s skin and are caused by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, chemicals, or some combination of the above. Some of the common causes of burns include: Home or vehicle fires Defective household chemicals such as detergents, drain and bathroom cleaners, etc. Defective household appliances causing fires Fireworks Radiation Scalding Liquids The ABA found that most burns are caused by fire/flame [3]  and estimates that this accounts for nearly 43% of burns. Not All Burns are Equal Burns are classified by their severity and not necessarily the amount of pain they cause, as all types of burns can be extremely painful. The following are the main classifications of burn injuries: First-Degree – These burns are typically superficial and affect only the top layer of skin. First-degree burns can cause some pain and may result in reddening of the skin Second-Degree – A more serious burn, second-degree burns affect not only the top layer of skin by damaging it, but the burn penetrates to the second layer of skin and can affect hair follicles at the...