Burn Injury Classifications & Treatments

Burn Injury Classifications & Treatments

Burn injuries often lead to permanent tissue damage, scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, and psychological issues. They can be caused by contact with hot objects, scalding liquids, harsh chemicals, and flames. If you have suffered a burn injury in a car accident, commercial truck accident, explosion accident, or other type of accident, our firm can provide efficient representation as you seek financial relief. Depending on the situation, your burn injuries may prevent you from working and hinder your quality of life.

Burn injuries fall into 4 main categories:

  • First-degree. First-degree burn injuries are the least severe, affecting only the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. The affected area may be red and slightly swollen, but it will generally heal with no medical treatment.
  • Second-degree. Second-degree burn injuries are more serious, but often heal quickly without needing intensive medical treatment. They affect both the epidermis and the dermis, (the second layer of skin). Blisters may form, and the burnt area may appear red and swollen.
  • Third-degree. Third-degree burn injuries affect both layers of skin, as well as the layer of fat underneath the skin, called the adipose tissue. The affected area may appear leathery or waxy, and white or tan. Immediate medical attention is needed to prevent infections and other serious complications from a third-degree burn.
  • Fourth-degree. Fourth-degree burn injuries are the most severe. They affect both layers of skin, the adipose tissue, and the muscles, bones, organs, and soft tissues. Nerve damage may cause the victim to feel no pain, but emergency medical treatment is necessary. These burns may result in death, and the affected area may appear blackened or charred, with the skin completely burned away.

Treating Burn Injuries

If you have suffered a first or second-degree burn injury, there are several in-home treatments available. Running the affected area under cool water, taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory pain medication, and applying aloe vera ointment or other gentle creams to the burnt skin may help speed the recovery process.

However, if you have a more severe burn, such as a third or fourth-degree burn, it is necessary to seek immediate medical assistance. Depending on the situation, skin grafts, surgery, and other treatments may be necessary. The affected area may be wrapped to prevent infections, and you may need to undergo extensive physical therapy as you heal.

Pursue Compensation for a Burn Injury with the Help of Our Attorneys

Serious burn injuries could permanently hinder your quality of life, and result in scarring and nerve damage. If you have suffered a burn injury because of someone else’s negligence, Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC will help you pursue justice from those responsible. Our Lexington burn injury lawyers will build your case and aggressively uphold your right to a settlement.

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