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Explosion-Related Burns

Depending on the circumstances, an explosion can create various types of burns. This does not just refer to the classification of first, second or third degree burns, which is described in another article. Burns can also be classified due to the circumstances that created them. Specifically, a burn can be electrical, chemical, radiation, scalding, or cold. Each of these types of burn has somewhat different symptoms and can create different health hazards. In the event of an explosion, you are unlikely to experience radiation or cold burns, but electrical, chemical, and scalding burns are not uncommon.

Electrical burns are caused when a person comes into contact with a dangerous level of electricity. For example, a person who is hit by lightning and a person who is injured when electrical equipment explodes may both be suffering from electrical burns. The most dangerous aspect of this type of injury is that it can be much more serious than it appears on the surface. A victim’s skin may appear to be only mildly burned, but he or she may experience arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), cardiac arrest, or a sudden fall leading to other injuries.

Chemical burns are usually associated with strong acids or bases, although they can be caused by other substances. This type of burn occurs when a person’s skin comes into contact with a caustic compound. This can cause great amounts of pain and damage to the skin. Because the chemical will continue damaging skin, muscle and other tissue for as long as it has contact with them, this type of burn needs immediate attention. Severe chemical burns can involve damage all the way down to the bone.

Scalding buns are caused by exposure to extremely hot liquids or gases. Steam released during an explosion, for example, can seriously injure people. This type of wound usually affects the outer layer of skin and is generally not fatal, but in extreme circumstances – such as an explosion occurring in a small, enclosed space – the result can be death.

If you have been burned in an explosion, contact Texas explosion lawyers Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 for a free initial consultation.

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