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Burn Injuries: Common Type of Burn Injuries in Personal Injury Cases in Houston, Texas

According to numbers by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately six million car collisions occur annually in the U.S. If you have been the victim of personal injury accidents such as these, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. Car accidents, truck accidents, fires, explosions, and other incidents that can cause burn injuries in Houston, Texas, have quadrupled within the last ten years. Because of the surge of drivers, the accident reports in the Houston area have also been on the incline. 

Burn injuries can be severe and lead to infection; skin, tissue, and nerve damage; cardiac arrest, vision loss, scarring and disfigurement, and emotional trauma. Three burns are common in car accidents, truck accidents, fires, and explosions. (1) first-degree burn; (2) Second Degree burn, (3) third-degree burn; and (4) fourth-degree burn. 

A first-degree burn is also called a superficial burn or wound. It’s an injury that affects the first layer of your skin. First-degree burns are one of the mildest forms of skin injuries, and they usually don’t require medical treatment. However, some superficial burns can be pretty extensive or painful and may require a trip to your doctor. First-degree burns are affected only by the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It is usually red and excruciating; healing may occur in days or weeks; the skin dries and peels away; the injured party may be hospitalized for pain and fluid imbalance.

Second-degree burns are more severe and lead to blisters and extreme redness and soreness. Some blisters burst open and give the burn a wet look. In a second-degree burn, the epidermis and dermis involved; pink or red; painful; appears wet; wound blanches (turns white) when touched; may be loss of sensation; skin grafting may be required; takes weeks, months, or longer to heal.

A third-degree burn is when all layers of skin are destroyed; tissue below the skin is affected; areas will appear black or white; will be dry, not wet; will not blanch; injury is too severe to feel immediate pain. A third-degree burn is also called a full-thickness burn. A third-degree burn occurs when all three layers of your skin are burned. Your skin may be white, black, brown, or leathery. This type of burn injury is often painless because the nerves have been damaged. Bones and muscles may also be damaged. A third-degree burn is the most severe type of burn. A fourth-degree burn is the same as a third-degree but also extends into muscle and bone.

All types of burn injuries have the potential to leave victims prone to the risk of nerve damage, shock, and infections. For this reason, it is always a good idea to seek medical treatment immediately after sustaining a burn injury. If you or a loved one have recently suffered a burn injury, it is crucial that Houston Injury Lawyers, PLLC, can help you navigate this issue and answer any questions that you may have. If you would like to speak to someone about your particular situation or for a free and confidential consultation, call our office at (713) 366-HURT (4878) today or visit us online at Se hable español.

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