Burn & Scald Injuries
Types of Burn Injuries
The severity of damage we experience from fire or chemicals is classified in a range from 1st to 6th degree burns. Conditions beyond a 3rd degree burn are rarely discussed because they are usually fatal.
- 1st degree burns are minor, with short-term pain and redness and no blistering. There are rarely any long-term affects from these burns.
- Since 2nd degree burns affect deeper layers of skin, there is typically more pain and redness as well as blistering. Nerves also may be damaged. Because this condition is more serious, victims may also go into shock.
- 3rd degree burns are extremely severe and often life-threatening. In this condition the skin will be burned away entirely and the nerves destroyed, often with additional damage to the exposed bone and muscle. Significant scarring is likely and either real or artificial skin grafts may be needed.
- Inhalation injuries, on the other hand, may not show evidence of burns but can also cause significant damage internally to cell structure and organs, especially in children.
Burns are the third highest cause of accidental death in the U.S. Since about 50% of burn patients are minors, children are particularly susceptible to these injuries.
Legal complaints and lawsuits can be filed for accidental burns and scalds that result from another’s negligence. It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible following a serious burn accident so you’ll be aware of your legal rights. For your no-cost consultation, call us at 877-233-1238.