Common Types of Burn Injuries
There are many different types of burn injury. Before you treat a burn injury, you should first determine the burn degree, cause of your burn, and how bad the tissue was damaged from the burn. How you treat your burn injury is important in recovery and scar prevention.
Types of burn are classified from first to fourth degree. They can also be categorized by the source of the burn, such as radiation, heat and electricity.
The main way you can differentiate between burn injuries is by the degree in which the burn is categorized. This type of burn categorization focuses on the layers of skin and tissue which are damaged. The deeper the burn penetrated your skin and tissue, the higher the burn degree.
- First degree burn: A first degree burn is the least severe. This type of burn affect only the outermost layer of your skin, known as the epidermis. First degree burns generally heal quickly and don’t need extensive medical care and attention.
- Second degree burn: A second degree affects the first two layers of your skin, the epidermis and dermis (second layer of skin). This type of burn results in a more intensified swelling, pain, and redness than first degree burns. Deep second degree burns often scar.
- Third degree burn: Third degree burns penetrate deep into the second layer of skin and underlying layer of fat. This type of burn is typically generally characterized by a waxy, stiff or leathery appearance and are white or tan in color. Third degree burn can result in damage to the nerves.
- Fourth degree burn: A fourth degree burn is the most severe type of burn because the damage penetrates to the muscle or bones. It leaves your skin charred or blackened. In the most severe cases, a fourth degree burn may be so serious that you may not even feel pain in the burned area.
Filing a Burn Injury Claim
Burn injuries are catastrophic and can impact all aspects of your life. The medical and treatment bills can be substantial, especially if it is a third or fourth degree burn. When a burn injury is caused by the negligence or reckless actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of an experienced Los Angeles burn accident attorney, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Current or future lost wages
- Past and medical bills related to your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses related to burn injuries
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Smoke Inhalation Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved has suffered a smoke inhalation injury in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.
The Los Angeles smoke injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas advocate for our clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and aggressive lawyering. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 949-449-2703.