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Personal Injury Attorney Helping Burn Victims

Varying Degrees of Burns

Heat, light, friction, chemical burns, radiation, and electricity can all cause major burn injuries. Depending on the degree of the burn, victims may be facing debilitating scarring, amputation, and complications with breathing and internal organ function. Burns are classified by degrees, with each degree pertaining to the depth the burn penetrates the body.

Burns are classified as follows:

First-Degree Burns
First-degree burns are common, such as sunburns. These burns affect only the outermost layer of skin and can look dry in appearance; they heal within three to five days. Typically, these burns do not require hospitalization; however, medical treatment may be needed for fluid imbalances.

Second-Degree Burns
There are two types of second-degree burns: full thickness and partial thickness. Full-thickness burns can be red or white in appearance and can sometimes be associated with blisters. Partial-thickness burns usually have blisters but the skin will appear to blanch with applied pressure. Both of these second-degree burns are painful and may take weeks to heal.

Third-Degree Burns
These burns extend throughout the entire dermis and usually look dry and leathery. Third-degree burns can take weeks to heal from and require immediate medical attention. Although these burns look bad, they usually are painless but may require skin grafting or amputations, even with proper treatment.

Fourth-Degree Burns

These incredibly serious burns extend completely through the skin layers and sometimes past the soft tissues to the underlying muscle and bone. These charred, blackened burns are painless and require medical attention. Tetanus, gangrene, and amputation are not uncommon to victims of these burns, and they can sometimes result in death. Electrical burns and chemical burns can cause fourth-degree injuries.

Health Consequences of Burn Injuries

Different types of burns can result in various health complications.

If burns go untreated, they may result in:

  • Infections
  • Skin damage
  • Tissue damage
  • Physical complications
  • Loss of a limb

Families and victims of serious burn injuries can face high medical bills and lengthy recoveries. If the catastrophic injury sustained by the victim was the result of another person's carelessness, he or she may be eligible to receive damages from the wrongful party.

Call Today to File a Personal Burn Injury Claim

If you have been injured or burned because of another person's negligence or wrongdoing, you deserve just compensation to financially recover. When you work with our firm, you will be working an understanding personal injury attorney with over three decades of experience, who has been able to help countless individuals receive the compensation that they are seeking.

If your case ends up in trial, our firm will partner with other aggressive and dedicated attorneys and specialists to help you receive a favorable outcome. We understand that this time in your life can be difficult, and you and your family may be facing incredibly costly medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses, which is why our firm offers free case evaluations and the opportunity to work with us on a contingency fee basis.

If you have questions regarding your particular situation, contact our firm today.