Most people associate burn injuries with fires, but there are plenty of ways to suffer burns without ever going near an open flame. The most severe burn injuries can cause permanent nerve damage, extensive pain and scarring or disfigurement.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help. Because burn injuries can cause such serious, long-lasting damage, you shouldn’t have to bear the cost of medical treatment and lost wages on your own. Read on to learn about some surprising causes of burn injuries, then call us for help.
Watch out for these unusual burn injury causes:
- Tanning beds: Tanning beds are one way to achieve a summery glow, but they must be used with caution. The high-powered UV rays can lead to severe burns, especially if you’re in the bed too long. About 80 percent of tanning bed-related ER visits are due to serious burns. Furthermore, this can increase your risk of melanoma, and may cause lasting scarring or disfigurement. If you must use a tanning bed, go to a reputable salon and make sure that you start slowly. Otherwise, consider a spray tan or self-tanning products, which will not cause burns.
- Electrical currents: Most people realize that contact with electrical currents can kill them—but they might not realize that they can also suffer serious burns. The current travels through your body, damaging your skin and organs. Severe burns may result in gray, white or black skin that does not hurt. This is a sign of nerve damage. Electrical burns may also damage your organs, without you realizing it. See a doctor immediately after suffering an electrical burn.
- Faucets: The luxury of hot, running water is something we often take for granted. However, if a water heater is turned on too high, the hot water from a faucet can also cause significant damage. Always adjust the temperature gradually when using a faucet outside of your home, and maintain your water heater regularly.
- Hot liquids: The famous McDonald’s hot coffee case is an extreme example of hot liquid burns. In this case, the plaintiff was burned by excessively hot coffee—which had injured others previously—and suffered severe burns to her groin and legs. Take caution when handling hot liquids of any kind, as even hot coffee can cause lifelong injury.
If your burn injury was caused by another person, business or a product, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny right away.
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