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Degrees of Danger: Understanding Burn Injury Severity

man with a burn injury on handWhile there are some burn injuries that may not be severe enough to cause long-term harm, others can cause significant issues throughout your life. When it comes to burns, there are varying levels of severity, each with their own set of symptoms.

The most severe burn injuries can impact your functions, your health, and your abilities. Recognizing the symptoms can help you understand your legal rights moving forward.

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns have the least damaging symptoms. You may experience redness and some pain, but your skin should not blister. You typically heal on your own over the following week or two. One example of a first-degree burn is a regular sunburn.

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns can be painful, resulting in your skin turning red or white, blistering, and thickening of your skin. These can last much longer, and you may need to pursue medical attention for treatment options.

When you suffer a second-degree burn, it can be very uncomfortable. You may experience pain to the touch, so contact with an item or even clothing can hurt.

Third-Degree Burns

These burns are some of the worst and can impact more than just your skin. You may experience a leathery appearance on your skin, but the burn can be significant enough to cause damage to your muscles and nerves.

You may not experience pain because of nerve damage, leaving the area where the burn occurs void of feeling. In some instances, you may require skin grafting and other long-term care to treat the burn.

Unfortunately, many burn injuries result from someone else’s negligent actions. In these situations, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation and justice. You can hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions.

At Lowe Law Group, our personal injury lawyers are ready to guide you through the process to help you reach the outcome you need. Let us be your voice when you suffer harm because of someone’s recklessness.

Call our firm today at (801) 900-4681.