Common Burn Injuries for Children
When discussing burn injuries, most people think of injuries caused by open flames. However, there are far more potential burn hazards than people realized, especially when there are children. As a result, your child may be exposed to potential burn hazards that you aren’t even aware of. Your child may have suffered a serious burn injury caused by one of the following:
- Thermals burns or contact burns caused by your child’s skin coming into contact with hot surfaces or substances. This can include hot kitchen appliances, hot machinery, and hot liquids.
- Electrical burns caused by coming into contact with an electrical current. This can be due to your child playing with an electrical cord or electrical outlet, or may be the result of using a defective product or toy.
- Chemical burns caused by touching or even ingesting toxic chemicals or other dangerous substances. This can include household cleaners, fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or other products that can be commonly found in daycare centers, schools, or other places where children are frequently present.
If your child has suffered a burn injury, an Atlanta child burn injury attorney can assess your case and help you understand your options.
Child Burn Injuries Can Have Life-Long Consequences
Thankfully, most burn injuries are first-degree burns and do not require any medical treatment or result in permanent damage. More serious burns, however, can result in the following:
- Second-degree burns can cause damage to the middle layer of the skin, resulting in serious infections. These may require hospitalization.
- Third-degree burns can cause extensive damage to all layers of the skin. The risk of infection is quite high and can lead to additional health complications. Many third-degree burns require skin grafts and some may require amputation.
- Fourth-degree burns are the most serious causing damage to not only the skin but also the muscles, tendons, and bones.
Third and fourth-degree burns often result in permanent scarring and disfigurement for your child. Depending on the extent of the burn, they may also result in mobility issues, resulting in permanent disabilities. In some cases, the burns are so severe that the injury can result in death. If your child has suffered a serious burn injury, an Atlanta child burn injury attorney can fight for your child’s future.