First-, Second- And Third-Degree Burns: Do You Know The Differences?

There are three generally identified types of burn injuries that one can sustain. These include:

  • First-degree burns: Characterized as a superficial burn, first-degree burns include damage to the top layer of skin, or the epidermis, and are commonly caused by sunburn. These burns will usually heal by themselves between five and seven days.
  • Second-degree burns: Characterized as a partial thickness or dermal injury, second-degree burns include damage to the much thicker dermal layer of skin beneath the epidermis. These burns are usually treated with skin grafts in order to heal.
  • Third-degree burns: Characterized as a full-thickness injury, third-degree burns are the most serious burn injuries a person can sustain. These injuries include damage to hair follicles, sweat glands and areas where new skin cells grow and require skin grafts to fully heal.

Second-degree and third-degree burns are extremely painful, and, in most situations require extensive medical attention. Most usually leave scar tissue — even with the aid of cosmetic surgery.

In worst case scenarios, these types of burns can permanently alter not only the victim's life (due to the inability to work and live a normal life) but their loved ones' lives as well who may now need to care for the victim.

Common Causes Of Burns

There are many causes of serious burns. Many often sustain them because of defective consumer products or auto accidents. In these situations, victims and their families may be entitled to obtain compensation from at-fault parties.

The Importance Of Hiring The Right Attorney

However, hiring a lawyer with experience in this area of law is advised. An experienced attorney who knows the laws and who has obtained results for similar parties can make sure to seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.

More Than 50 Years Of Experience Recovering For Injured Parties In Northern California

At Law Offices of Robert G. Schock, founding attorney Robert Schock has more than 50 years of experience handling many types of personal injury cases involving different types of catastrophic injuries for parties located throughout Northern California.

Find out how he can help you obtain compensation and reimbursement for medical expense and lost income. Schedule a free consultation today.

Call 510-922-0887. Offices conveniently located in Oakland and Concord. Home or hospital visits offered as well.