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Are you familiar with the different types of burn injuries? Not every burn injury is the same, and some are much more severe than others. What’s more, burns can come from all sorts of causes. As you’re probably aware, burn injuries have different categories of severity. What you might not know is that there are also many kinds of burn injuries. Burn types are classified according to the cause of the injury, and knowing the cause of the burn injury can help determine whether negligence was involved. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, it’s essential to know the type of burn. When you know what caused the burn, you’ll be able to treat it and move forward effectively. Let’s look at the causes of six common types of burn injuries.

  • Thermal burns: These are among the most common burn injuries, and they happen when a person comes into contact with something scorching. Scalding water or a hot pan can cause a thermal burn. In this kind of burn, the skin’s temperature increases to the point of cell death.
  • Chemical burns: Chemicals are often used in workplace environments. Because of this, chemical burns are a common workplace injury. Acids, detergents, and other chemicals can burn the skin, but they can also burn more deeply, affecting bones or muscles.
  • Friction burns: When a person’s skin rubs against another material quickly, friction burns can happen. There is a component of heat involved in this kind of burn, but another part is scrapes on the skin. Carpet burn is one example of a friction burn; road rash is another.
  • Cold burns: This term may seem contradictory, but you’re probably aware of the most common type of cold burn: frostbite. Cold burns typically happen when a person’s skin comes into contact with frozen temperatures, often from a substance like dry ice.
  • Radiation burns: These burns are more common than you may realize and can occur in many ways. Medical procedures can cause this type of burn because of patients being subjected to prolonged radiation, but the most common type of radiation burn is a sunburn.
  • Electrical burns: Electrical shocks can be painful, and some can be extremely damaging. Electricity can burn the skin and can also cause damage to internal organs.


If someone else’s negligence has left you with a burn injury, you need someone on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve. Since 1990, the Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers has been committed to providing crucial legal guidance. We pay close attention to each case, giving one-on-one treatment to each of our clients because every case is unique. Our lawyers are among the best in Virginia, and we’ll put our more than 100 years of collective experience to work for you. We work hard to achieve the best results for every client we represent, so contact us for a free case analysis or call (703) 636-2182.