Understanding and Identifying Different Types of Burns

October 4, 2018
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Burn Injury

Injuries from serious burns can have long-term, immediate consequences. While burns can happen anywhere, they are most common in schools, public places, workplaces, and homes. Each burn can take on a different level of severity. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorney will explore the various burn categories and provide you with information on what to do in the aftermath of a serious burn injury.

Medically, burns are serious skin injuries that kill all or some of the disturbed skin cells. Fortunately, human skin is a durable organ and many burn victims recover well from their injuries. Some even make a full recovery with no signs of severe or permanent health consequences. However, recovery often depends on the burn degree and how the victim was injured. Some burns are serious enough that they can cause complications or death if not treated immediately.

Burn Categories

From a medical perspective, there are three degrees of burns – first degree, second degree, and third degree. Each level represents the degree of damage that affects the skin. As an example, first degree burns are minor and rarely require medical attention. However, third-degree burns are truly devastating and always require medical treatment.

What to Look For

You can tell what burn category you’re dealing with by knowing the signs. First-degree burns simply feature red, irritated skin without blisters. Second-degree burns lead to thickened skin with some blisters. Third-degree burns leave skin thick with a leathery, white appearance. Fourth-degree burns exist but are uncommon. These burns involve the same injuries as a third-degree burn but go beyond the skin to extend into the victim’s tendons or bones.

How Burns Happen

Burns can be caused by many things, but as a personal injury lawyer team, these are the most common issues that we see:

  • Burns from chemicals or gasses
  • Burns caused by open flames
  • Electrical burns from wiring incidents
  • Burns from sun exposure
  • Burns from scalding by boiling or hot liquids

Seeking Compensation

After a serious burn, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention, especially if it happened due to someone else’s negligence. If you want to build a case to obtain compensation for your injuries, records from a medical professional can help. Even if you think your burns are fairly minor, you should get checked out because they sometimes develop into greater injuries.

If you’ve been burned due to someone else’s carelessness, seek medical attention first, then contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. A qualified attorney can give you a better chance of receiving restitution for your injuries and damages.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg have years of experience taking on burn and other personal injury cases. We have the tools necessary to help victims with devastating injuries caused by another person’s negligence recover money for their medical bills and lost wages. Our knowledgeable team can offer you support and advice as you move forward. Call us today at 310-997-0904 or contact us online for a free consultation.


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