Burn Injuries


Burn injuries are among the most painful type of injury a person can sustain. Injuries resulting from burns can leave a person’s body permanently disfigured and can cause massive nerve damage to the affected region of the body. This type of injury occurs when victim comes in close contact with flame, corrosive chemicals, hot objects, scalding fluids, exposure to radiation or electrocution. In most cases, the injured party is a victim of negligence on behalf of another party, and this party should be held responsible for the injuries.


When human skin is severely burned, it loses many of its normal characteristics due to the formation of scar tissue in the affected areas. Some of the consequences of burn injuries include:

  • Loss of ability to regrow skin cells in the affected areas
  • Loss of the natural elasticity characteristic of healthy skin
  • Diminished, or loss of, sense of touch
  • Diminished, or loss of, ability to perspire
  • Required protection from the elements and sun
  • Risk if infection from the dead skin cell

It is important to remember that burns are complicated injuries. Severe burns can cause damage not only to the skin, but to muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones.


Although the term burn injury can describe any type of bodily harm resulting from contact with a heat source, fire, scalding liquids, radiation and electrocution, the degree of severity can vary widely based on certain factors and characteristics such as:

  • The type of burn injury: Certain causes of the burn are inherently more dangerous than others. Small burns caused by nuclear radiation can be more serious than a large burn caused by boiling water.
  • The location of the burn: The region of the body affected by the burn can determine the severity of the burn. A burn on the facial and throat region is usually more serious than a burn to the arms or legs.
  • Heat intensity: The higher the degree of the burn, the deeper it will penetrate the body.
  • Surface area of the burn: Burns can be broken down to a percentage of bodily coverage. The larger the percentage, the greater the risk of more severe symptoms.
  • Age of the burn victim: Greater risk of severe burns exists with young children and elderly citizens.