Burn injuries can be one of the most painful and devastating injuries to sustain. These injuries are quite often the result of someone else’s negligence and can impact a life tremendously. In addition to being extremely painful, burn injuries may require extensive medical care and treatment. Although burns can be minor and victims may recover quickly, severe burns leave permanent damage to skin and tissues, possibly limiting the range of limbs and the body’s ability to move.
Burn injuries are classified by “degrees” based on the severity of the burn and the amount of damage. The three types of burns are; first degree, second degree and third degree. First degree burns are those that only reach the top layer of skin and are the least severe. Although painful, first degree burns typically heal themselves within a few days without scarring. Second degree burns reach past the first layer of skin and produce blisters and fluids. Second degree burns can take weeks to heal and generally cause color change in skin or scarring. The most severe type of burn is a third degree burn. Third degree burns extend below both layers of skin, damaging nerves and blood vessels and vary in color (white, red, brown and black). A third degree burn requires specialized treatment by a burn specialist and may require surgery.
Experiencing a burn injury can be very traumatic and life changing, especially if the burn was caused by another party and could have been prevented. If you were involved in an incident that resulted in burn injuries, call 1-833-DARFOOR for a free case consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.