Burn Injury Degrees

Jeffrey BreitFebruary 13, 2020

Burn injuries vary by severity, and doctors categorize them by degree. Medical professionals look at the symptoms of the burn and determine what treatment options are available for the injured party moving forward.

There are three main degrees of burn injuries, and they go from mild to severe. Here are the symptoms that you want to look for indicating the different degrees of burn injuries and what you can do if someone’s negligence is what causes you pain.

Recognizing First-Degree Burns

The mildest of the burn injuries, first-degree burn injuries commonly occur because even a touch of scalding hot water can cause this severity of a burn. First-degree burns are identifiable by the pain a person experiences and the red color they cause to the outer layer of skin.

First-degree burns don’t go beyond the epidermis.

The Signs of a Second-Degree Burn

Second-degree burns do go deeper than the epidermis. These burns can also impact the dermis, which is the layer of skin below the top layer. This type of burn is a partial-thickness burn. The most common symptoms include pain at the site of the burn, reddening of the skin, swelling, and blistering.

Symptoms of Third-Degree Burn Injuries

Third-degree burns are the most damaging types of burn injuries. They are full-thickness burns and go deep down into the injured party’s bones and tissue. The skin has a charred appearance, and the damage is significant.
In many cases, nerve damage occurs, which means there’s no long-term pain at the site of the burn. Instead, they may be completely numb because of the burned nerve endings.

Burn injuries can result from many types of negligence and problems. Some causes can include motor vehicle accidents, arson, chemicals, and more. If negligence is present, the injured party may be able to seek compensation for the costs associated with the damage.

At Breit Biniazan, our Virginia Beach and Richmond personal injury lawyers work hard to help you understand your rights. We go the extra mile to safeguard your best interests and pursue justice on your behalf. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.


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