The Severity of Burn Injuries

When someone suffers a burn injury, there are a number of potential causes, but what’s more concerning is how serious the burn injury can be.

There are various levels of severity and they are often categorized by degrees. These can all be serious and cause long-term pain for the victim.

Whether the burn injuries are sustained through electrical, chemical, thermal, or radiation, the degrees of burn injuries can vary depending on the symptoms and the amount of damage done to the victim. The more severe the burn, the more damage it causes.

First Degree Burns

First degree burns are classified as minor injuries and are the most common as they can include sunburns. Signs of a first degree burn may include dry and red skin, sometimes painful to the touch. Sometimes, the victim will feel tingling and there would be some slight swelling.

Second Degree Burns

Second degree burns are bit more painful and typically reach the second layer of skin. Some potential signs can include blisters, burns on the epidermis and dermis, red or pink wounds, and skin that lightens with pressure. Healing time is typically two to three weeks.

Third Degree Burns

Third degree burns are usually the worst that are typically sustained and they appear a deep red. The entire epidermis and a large majority of the dermis is destroyed. More pain during recovery is present and there may be destroyed tissue and a need for a skin graft.

There are also fourth degree burns which are more rare, but this means that the burns extends through both the epidermis and dermis, causing damage to the muscles, nerve endings, and even bones. The initial pain may not be severe, it can cause long-term damage.

At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia burn injury lawyers work hard to help victims who have suffered burn injuries as a result of negligence. We stand by your side every step of the way so you can feel confident moving forward.

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