Burn injury claims are filed on average 12 times daily in the United States. With so many cases being filed, there is no better time than now to understand the different types of burn injuries and how they impact claimants. I will share with you what is typical for some of these claims, what is not specific, and why you should be careful in handling your burns case before it becomes a long-term issue.



5 Different Types of Burn Injury Claims

1. Electric burn injury claims

This burn injury results from an electrical current passing through the body, primarily through the hands, feet, or scalp. It works the same way as a jolt of lightning—the high-frequency current causes immediate pain and damage surrounding tissues. The resulting injuries are usually similar to those seen in lightning strikes because the heat has caused chemical changes in tissue. Any exposed tissue on the body is vulnerable while there is still a possibility that electricity could pass through it.



2. Contact burn injury claims

This type of burn injury occurs when the burn is caused by contact with another object that has been heated or is hot, such as a stove, an oven, or a radiator. In most cases, this type of claim usually does not require significant medical attention, and you will more likely not be able to take care of it at home. In severe cases with blistering and considerable pain, the victim will probably be advised to seek medical treatment at an emergency room for proper care.


3. Scald burns injury claims

This burn injury occurs when the person comes in contact with hot liquids or water in a way that causes the skin to be exposed to a very high temperature. It can be caused by boiling water, scalding a person’s skin with hot ceramic dishes or pans, or spilling hot coffee on the victim. The most common injuries resulting from these types of burns are second-degree and electrical burns. However, secondary damage, like scarring and blistering, is still considered a burn injury. 

4. Chemical burn injury claims

Chemical burns occur when chemicals are burned through the skin by accident or as part of industrial accidents. The chemical can be in liquid, powder, or gaseous form, and contact with it causes the skin to burn. Examples of chemicals that cause these burn injuries are acids and bases, solvents, and specific chemicals used for industrial processes or cleaning. The most common chemical burns are solvent burns because they often occur during industrial accidents involving cleaners, thinners, and degreasers. Burns caused by acid usually occurs when the victim handles caustic agents like hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid.


5.Thermal burn injury claims

These burn injuries are second-and third-degree burns that happen because of a high heat source, such as the sun, fire, welding torches, or induction cooktops. 

Burn injuries can affect anyone. We may think that it only happens to careless victims, but it can happen to anyone. More often than not, the one involved is a child who does not know what they are doing and when it happens, it is the parent’s responsibility to take care of the child’s injuries and file a claim that would help in compensating for their pain and suffering. If you are seeking legal advice on how you could file an injury claim for yourself or a family member, you should contact an experienced lawyer who will help you with your injury claim. You may seek compensation for burn injuries regardless of the type of burn: chemical, electrical, or thermal. You may also pursue other kinds of injuries that could be caused by accident or at work.