One classification sytem discusses four burn types, each of which is treated differently and incurs different costs. That classification sytem is: :
- Thermal burns: Caused by fire, steam, hot liquids, or extreme heat from any source.
- Light burns: Caused by sunlight and UV rays
- Chemical burns: Caused by acids or other corrosive substances
- Radiation burns: Caused by nuclear radiation
In addition to these four types of burns, the injuries are also most often classed into three different degrees of severity. They are as follows:
- First degree: Only the top layer of the skin is damaged, resulting in redness and minor inflammation. They usually heal within a week.
- Second degree: In these injuries, the damage goes beyond the top layer of skin. The skin is extremely red and forms blisters. These should be properly bandaged and can take weeks to heal.
- Third degree: Damage extends through all layers of skin and can even affect organs and bones. These wounds are often characterized by a dry, black, charred appearance. They can cause permanent nerve damage and even death.
If you are interested in finding out more, feel free to review one of our burn victim cases here: Worker’s Compensation for Burn Injuries