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About First Degree, Second Degree and Third Degree Burns

While some injuries that an individual can sustain may seem minor, a burn injury is not one of these. Any person who has ever sustained a burn injury, even the most minor burn injury, understands that this will be a devastating time in a person's life. A burn injury is a type of flesh wound that is caused by heat, electricity, light, chemicals, radiation or friction. This type of injury requires a very specific healing process that is particular to the extent of the injury.

The following are the three major types of burn injuries:

  • First Degree Burn Injury - When a person sustains this type of burn injury, it generally only involves the top layer of their skin, known as the epidermis. The burn will appear red, and will feel dry and very painful. Often times, these burns can come from the sun. A first degree burn injury may take a week or less to heal.
  • Second Degree Burn Injury - Within the classification of second degree burn injury, there are two types of burns: a burn that extends into the papillary dermis and a burn that extends into the deep reticular dermis. Both of these burns will appear very moist and will most likely blister. This type of burn is very painful, and may take weeks for a person to recover. Furthermore, this type of burn may progress to a third degree burn without proper care. Many second degree burns have risk of infection and scarring, and may require skin grafting or cosmetic surgery to reduce scarring.
  • Third Degree Burn Injury - Contrary to common belief, a third degree burn injury will be painless because the pain sensors will be entirely burned away. This type of burn will extend through the entire dermis and will scar. In some cases, skin grafts may be used, but in others amputation may be the only solution. There is a fourth degree of burn, which extends all the way to the underlying muscle and bone. It will appear to be black or charred, and will also be painless. This type of burn most likely results in amputation and significant functional impairment.

If you have sustained any of these types of burn injuries, we at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. strongly urge you to seek medical help from the American Burn Association to determine the type of burn injury you have and the proper path of treatment.

Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Victims of Burn Injuries

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a fire or accident that resulted in a burn injury, it is immediately important to talk to a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer. Recovering from a burn injury can be one of the most traumatic and painful experiences, especially if the burn leaves large scars that are visible to others. This type of catastrophic injury is taken very seriously by our law firm, and if your injuries were the result of a workplace accident or another's negligent actions, we believe that you should seek compensation, and we can help.

We can speak to your family member if your injuries are too severe to leave your home or a hospital. At our office, we can help you recover damages caused by the injury accident, even if the burn injuries were sustained in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident. Furthermore, if these injuries have led to the wrongful death of a loved one, we will do everything in our power to seek financial compensation for your family.

Call our Fort Lauderdale injury law firm today for an evaluation of your case.

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