How are burn injuries classified?

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Unfortunately, there are several ways an individual can sustain a burn injury. Victims of auto accidents, individuals who slip & fall, defective product victims may all suffer severe burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. Severe burn injuries should be taken seriously as they can be life-threatening if not treated properly. Burn victims should seek immediate medical attention. If you or someone you care about has sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another person, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a trusted Prince George’s County Personal Injury Attorney who can help you recover reasonable damages to help cover your economic and non-economic damages.

What are the different types of burn injuries?

Unfortunately, there are several different types of burns an individual could sustain. The following are common examples:

  • Thermal burns. An individual could sustain a thermal burn from coming into contact with a hot object such as a scalding liquid.
  • Chemical burns. An individual could sustain a chemical burn from coming into contact with a corrosive substance such as a strong acid or solvent.
  • Radiation burns. An individual could sustain a radiation burn from a high level of exposure to radiation such as ultraviolet lights from X-ray machinery.
  • Electrical burns. An individual could sustain an electrical burn from coming into contact with an electrical current such as a live wire or lightning.
  • Friction burns. An individual could sustain a friction burn if a person’s skin is scraped rapidly when they come into contact with a rough surface.

What degree is my burn?

Depending on the severity and extent of damage, burns are usually classified into the following categories:

  • First-degree. This type of burn only affects an individual’s epidermis (outer layer of skin). First-degree burns rarely cause an individual long-term damage. First-degree burns are often referred to as superficial burns.
  • Second-degree. This type of burn affects not only the epidermis, but also parts of the dermis (the inner layer of skin). Second-degree burns can leave a scar or cause a permanent change in skin color at the site of the injury. This type of burn is referred to as a partial thickness burn.
  • Third-degree. This type of burn destroys both the epidermis and the dermis. Since nerve endings are damaged, this type of burn does not cause a person pain. This type of burn is referred to as a full thickness burn.
  • Fourth degree. These types of burns destroy all layers of skin and could cause serious damage to the bones, muscles, and tendons. Fourth-degree burns are the most severe and may be life-threatening.

Unfortunately, sometimes burns can lead to other medical issues and complications such as infections. It is very crucial for burn victims to seek immediate medical treatment. Burn injuries are extremely serious and can cause permanent damage to an individual. If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligent actions, get in touch with one of our determined and compassionate attorneys. Allow our firm to help you today.


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