The Three Degrees of a Burn

Understanding the Severity of Burn Injuries

Most of us have sustained a burn injury at some point in our lifetime. Whether your experience was minor or severe, each burn is classified as first, second, or third-degree, depending on how deep and extreme it penetrates the skin. Here are the characteristics of each:

First-Degree Burns

Also referred to as "superficial burns," a first-degree burn affects the skin's epidermis (outer layer). Typically a first-degree burn causes redness and pain at the burn site without blistering. Some examples may include sunburns, scalds, and friction (rug) burns. First-degree burns typically take 7 to 10 days to heal without scarring.

Second-Degree Burns

Also referred to as "partial-thickness" burns, a second-degree burn affects both the skin's epidermis and dermis layer. The painful burn site will be red, blistered, and swollen. Some examples may include severe sunburns, contact with boiling water, or a clothes iron. Second-degree burns can take up to three weeks to fully heal. While a second-degree burn may typically not cause scarring, skin pigmentation could be affected.

Third-Degree Burns

Also known as "full-thickness" burns, a third-degree burn is the most severe and causes significant damage to the skin's epidermis and dermis. The burn site may appear charred or white. Third-degree burns also cause nerve damage and loss of sensation to the area. Third-degree burns can take over three weeks to heal, and in the most catastrophic burn injury cases, skin grafting is necessary.

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If you've sustained a burn injury after being involved in a workplace accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to help guide you every step of the way. We understand how overwhelming and devastating it can be when going through the healing process after suffering a burn injury. From medical expenses to lost wages, we are here to lend you the support you need to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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