Burn injuries are some of the most devastating type of injury a person can experience. Even mild burns are associated with extreme pain, and all types of burns have the potential to compromise the body’s immune system. Here’s what you need to know about the four different types of burn injuries and how to get help if you or a loved one were burned in an accident through no fault of your own.
1. First Degree Burns
First degree burns are the most mild of all four types of burns and are often treatable at home. A first degree burn results in red skin, without blisters. Therefore, a sunburn could be considered a first degree burn.
2. Second Degree Burns
A second degree burn results in thickened skin and blisters, along with redness. This type of burn can extend only partially into the layers of the skin, or also may affect all layers. In severe cases of second degree burns, skin grafting may be necessary to promote healing and restore function to the area of the body that was burned.
3. Third Degree Burns
Third degree burns result in a thickening of the skin, but without redness. In fact, the skin after a third degree burn appears white in color. This type of burn destroys all layers of the skin, and most often, surgery and skin grafting is required in order to keep the burn from healing without significant scarring or contracture.
4. Fourth Degree, or Full Thickness Burns
This type of burn is the most severe, meaning that the burn has damaged more than just the skin and extends all the way down into muscles, tendons, and even bones. Aggressive treatment for fourth degree burns is required and also may include skin grafting or even amputation in some cases.
When to Contact an Attorney
Burn injuries can be caused by a wide variety of accidents. In fact, car accidents, work related accidents, defective products, and more can all cause a very serious and sometimes even deadly burn. If you or a loved one were burned in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Contact the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown today for a consultation to discuss your injuries and the damages you’ve suffered. We can help you determine if someone else should be held responsible for the accident that harmed you. So, call us today at (559) 431-4400.