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Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are classified in degrees which increase in severity. First-degree burns are the least severe, only affecting the surface of the skin. They usually are red and sensitive to the touch, but involve minimal tissue damage. The symptoms of first degree burns are peeling skin, redness, swelling and pain.
Second-degree burns affect the outer layer, known as the epidermis, and the under lying layer of skin, known as the dermis. It causes redness, swelling, blistering and pain. If the second-degree burn is deep enough and is not properly treated, it can become a third-degree burn due to swelling and decreased blood flow in the tissue.
Third-degree burns are the most severe, affecting the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis (the third layer of skin that lies beneath the epidermis and the dermis). It causes the skin to appear charred and white. The burn areas are usually numb; however, the person will be in a great deal of pain. Unfortunately, third-degree burns typically result in extensive scarring.
Treatment of Burn Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention. Burns can result in permanent scarring, debilitating injury or even death. Treatment from a burn injury primarily depends on the severity of the burn. Third-degree burns require extensive medical care and treatment. Call 911 immediately if you suspect that someone has endured third-degree burns.
Contact York Law Firm
If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury, contact York Law Firm to schedule a case evaluation with one of our burn injury attorneys. York Law Firm can help apprise you of your legal rights and will work tirelessly to ensure that you are justly compensated for your injuries, your medical expenses (both past and future), and your pain and suffering.