Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur in a variety of ways, from incidents at home to more serious explosions in the workplace. Common ways an individual could receive a burn would be through scalding hot liquid, open flame exposure, or excessive sun exposure. Chemical and electrical burns require immediate medical attention.
First-degree burns, or superficial burns, are the least severe type. These usually result in redness and irritation of the skin. There may be minor inflammation and pain, but the injury is confined to the outer most layer of skin. These wounds heal within 3-6 days, usually accompanied by dry or peeling skin. These are the most frequent types of burns.
Second-degree burns are more serious and reach deeper than the epidermis. Blisters and sores often form in addition to the redness and irritation of a first-degree burn. Sometimes the sores will pop and cause the skin to look wet. These types of injuries require bandaging and frequent changing of these bandages to promote proper healing. The healing process can take upwards of three weeks and result in scarring.
Burn injuries generally refer to third-degree burns, the most severe type. These burns infiltrate through the skin and can affect the bloodstream, major organs, and bones. The extensive damage these types of burns cause often lead to there being little to no pain because of the loss of nerve function. Skin can look waxy, white, charred, dark brown, raised, or even leathery. Third-degree burns have a longer recovery time.
Burn injuries can cause severe physical, emotional, and psychological pain. Many burn injuries are work related or due to the negligent activities of another party. If you or a loved one is suffering from a burn injury due to a negligent party, consult an attorney in your state to discuss your legal options.