What Are Thermal Burns?
Thermal burns are the medical terms for what we think of as “burn injuries.” Thermal burns include sunburn, burns from touching a hot pan, steam burns from microwaves and burns from fires.
Thermal burns can be quite serious and at times can be life-threatening. Thermal burns occur when heat is transferred via conduction from the heat source directly to a body part. Example: Heat is conducted from the oven to from the pan and to your hand.
Radiation burns include sunburn and are caused by high-energy electromagnetic waves changing to kinetic energy upon reaching our skin. Serious tissue damage can occur with radiation burns.
Convection burns can also be serious. Convection occurs when heat moves through the air. Steam can cause convection burns, as can a propane or chemical plant explosion.
Burn survivors can be compensated for medical expenses, loss of earnings, disabilities sustained and sometimes pain and suffering. With burn cases, pain and suffering is sometimes so incredible that the compensation awarded can be very high.
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