Degrees of Burns

The severity of burns can vary greatly from case to case. With some burns, victims will only experience a couple of hours of pain and a small blister. In other cases, individuals may be at risk of long-term skin, muscle, and bone damage. In the medical community, burns are categorized by degrees, with a fourth-degree burn being the most harmful.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to take legal action. Contact an Indianapolis burn injury attorney at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., today at 317-634-8565 to learn more about your rights.

Classifying the Severity of Burns

Doctors use the following information when determining the severity of a burn injury:

  • First degree – Affects top layer of skin. Causes redness and may be painful.
  • Second degree (Superficial partial thickness) – Slightly deeper than epidermis, clear blisters, possible infection.
  • Second degree (Deep partial thickness) – Extends deeper than superficial skin layer. Causes scarring, contractures, possible necessity of grafting skin from other parts of the body to repair damage.
  • Third degree – Burn goes through skin. May cause scarring, contractures, and may warrant amputation.
  • Fourth degree – Burn affects skin, muscle, and bone. Amputation may be necessary.

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If you or a loved one has experienced a burn injury due to the recklessness of another individual or business, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Contact the Indianapolis burn injury attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., to learn more about your rights. Call today at 317-634-8565 for a free consultation.