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Burn Injury Classifications

A burn can occur in any type of accident that involves electrocution, fire, or an explosion. Burn injuries are unique because they can affect a large part of the body, unlike fractures or lacerations that are typically localized to one part of the body. These types of injuries are not only painful but also can cause significant scarring and disfigurement to the victim.

Degrees of Burns

Burns are typically classified into three major types, from minor burns on the skin surface to deeper, more severe burns. These three classes are referred to as degrees and are divided as follows:

  • First degree burn: The most minor type of burn, first-degree burns affect only the first layer of skin, known as the epidermis. The area will be red with some minor swelling. These burns heal within a few weeks.
  • Second degree burn: This burn affects the epidermis and the underlying layer of skin, the dermis. These burns often blister, may have a splotchy rash-like appearance, and typically require emergency treatment.
  • Third degree burn: A third degree burn extends beyond the layers of the skin to the tissue beneath. This is the most severe type of burn and may cause permanent damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Third degree burns need to be treated immediately by an emergency medical professional.

Legal Liability for a Burn Injury

A serious burn can occur in many different types of accidents, including car accidents, boating accidents, construction accidents, and facility explosions. If you or a loved one has been burned in an accident, you need to know your rights and the legal actions available to you. Someone else may be responsible for causing your burn injury and may be legally obligated to compensate you for your injuries and other losses caused by the accident.

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