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What type of burn can cause catastrophic injury?

From the time we are kids, we are told to be careful around fire, other hot objects and dangerous chemicals. Failure to do so can result in burns that may require a trip to a local emergency room. Burns caused by each of these things can cause injuries that range in severity from minor to catastrophic or even life-threatening. As many Arizona residents may know, burns are categorized into level,s but few may understand what those levels are and which level can result in a catastrophic injury.

According to information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, burns are classified under one of three levels; namely, first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns. A first-degree burn is considered very minor and only affects the outermost layer of skin. While it can be painful, that damage will heal. A second-degree burn is also considered relatively minor, but it does affect both the outermost and underlying layer of skin. Burns at this level may cause bubbling or blistering of the skin.

Major burns include second-degree burns that cover a surface area of more than 2-3 inches or cover certain parts of the body such as feet, face, hands or major joints. Third-degree burns are also in this category. Third-degree burns can affect all layers of skin and cause the skin to turn white or black. These burns, if not treated immediately, can result in severe adverse medical events, disability or even death. Some causes of these types of burns include house fire, car accidents, kitchen accidents and chemical spills.

Arizona residents who have been subjected to a major burn may suffer a catastrophic injury as a result. These injuries can be life-altering physically, emotionally and financially. Those who have been injured in this way due to someone else's negligence may seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, it may be possible to recoup any monetary losses endured as a result of the injury which would allow the victim to focus more on their recovery and less about finances.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Burns", Nov. 4, 2014

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