Burn Injury

Every year thousands of Canadians suffer from burn injuries. A burn injury can have lifelong consequences, as the victim often requires years of expensive plastic surgery to repair their damaged tissue. A burn injury that causes disfigurement can also lead to extreme emotional trauma requiring years of psychological treatment. There are a number of causes of burn injuries, including: workplace accidents, explosions, car accidents and exposure to dangerous chemicals, to name a few. If you have suffered from a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation to assist with your medical costs, lost income and emotional pain and suffering.

Burn Types

burn injuryFirst degree burns. These burns damage only the top layer of skin. They are commonly caused by brief contact with a hot item such as a baking sheet or frying pan. They usually results in an area of redness around the burn and minor pain. These burns do not usually lead to lawsuits as they heal in a short period of time with little to no medical attention required.

Second degree burns. These are more serious than first degree burns as the damage caused is deeper into the skin layer. Blistering of the skin and heightened pain are a sign of second degree burns. They are commonly caused by exposure to open flame or a high heat source such as a stove top element.

Third degree burns. These are very serious burns that lead to a charring of the skin, a leakage of purple fluid, extensive scarring and debilitating injury. This type of burn requires continuous medial care and may lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Third degree burns often damage the nerve system, making the pain less intense. If you suffer from a burn that damages your skin, seek medical attention immediately, even if it is not very painful.

Common Causes of Burn Injury

  • Heat Burns
  • Electrical Burns
  • Chemical Burns
  • Scalding
  • Oil and Gas Explosions
  • Cold Burns
If you have suffered from a  serious burn injury it is always best to seek medical help immediately. 



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