n. the tissue damage caused by being exposed to ultraviolet radiation, burning fire, or intense heat without flame. Also, refers to the excruciating pain and mental trauma suffered by severe-burn victims. First-degree burns are more superficial than second-degree ones which go beyond the skin layer. Third-degree burns injure deep into the subcutaneous layer, reaching tissues, nerves, and blood vessels.

BURN INJURIES: “More than physical recovery and cosmetic repair, most burn sufferers go through some form of post traumatic stress therapy.”