Degrees of a Burn

There are multiple classifications of burn injuries, starting at least serious and increasing. The website of the Sampson Law Office cites many ways in which burns can occur, and how to take action when involved in a burn accident. Such injuries can result from scalding, fires, chemical exposure, explosions, or electrical incidents. All of these accidents can cause varying levels of burns that fall under one of the three degrees of classification.

First degree burns happen often, and are commonly called “superficial” burns because they only affect the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. The symptoms of this degree are redness, swelling and pain. They typically subside within a few days, and only inflict minimal pain. Common examples of this kind of burn are sunburns, scalds, or minor electrical accidents.

Second degree burns affect the epidermis like first degree burns, but continue to breach the dermis. Depending on the affected area, second degree burns can be minor or serious. Symptoms that characterize a second degree burn are wetness, redness and blistering. These burns will heal on their own over the course of 2-4 weeks and most likely will not require professional medical attention.

Lastly, and most damaging, are third degree burns. These require professional assistance in curing, and can have scarring effects. They breach all layers of the skin, and can go as deep as internal organs. This level causes the skin to look either white, charred, brown, or a mixture of all those colors. Another reason these are the most serious is that they can raise more complications. Infections are to be taken seriously in burn cases, and third degree burns have the most potential for problems.

Burn injuries can have serious implications on the injured person’s life. Treating the injuries can be expensive and often painful. When the injury is inflicted due to another person’s negligence, it is their responsibility. If you have been burned at the fault of another, you may be eligible to receive compensation. While not all levels of burns require extreme medical attention, bad ones can be extremely expensive to treat. Whether you have a first, second, or third degree burn, you may not have to deal with the repercussions on your own.