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Burn Injury Types and Degrees

burn injury being treated

While many may not look at burn injuries as being as catastrophic as a brain injury or spinal cord injury, it’s important to recognize just how damaging they can be. You can suffer a burn injury in many different situations, with many of them resulting from negligence.

Recognizing the different types of burn injuries and how severe the damages are can be important to pursuing legal action.

Types of Burn Injuries

When you need to file a lawsuit against someone for a burn injury you may sustain, recognizing the potential cause can help you hold a specific person responsible. The cause of the burn often determines the potential type of a burn injury, which can include:

  • Thermal burns resulting from contact with flames or hot liquids or objects
  • Chemical burns resulting from contact with bleach, acid, chlorine, ammonia, and more
  • Electrical burns resulting from contact with open currents
  • Friction burns resulting from repeated contact between your skin and another surface
  • Radiation burns resulting from prolonged exposure to radiation

Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are categorized based on their severity and the symptoms you display.

  • First-degree burns: These burn injuries are the least severe, often resulting in just damage to the epidermis (first layer of skin). This is commonly something like a sunburn.
  • Second-degree burns: These can result in damage to your epidermis and dermis, often resulting in severe pain. A skin graft may be needed for these types of burns.
  • Third-degree burns: The more severe burns are third-degree burns and can result in damage to sweat glands and tissue underneath the layers of skin.

The most severe burns can cause nerve damage, making the affected area numb of sensation or pain.

At Crane Flores, LLP, we commit ourselves to helping you through the most challenging matters. Let our team help you pursue the outcome you need and deserve. Our personal injury attorneys represent clients from Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Barbara.

Call us at (805) 628-4967 today.