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How Are Burns Classified?

Burn injuries are classified based on their severity. These types of injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways, so any type of burn must be examined thoroughly to understand what type of treatment is needed moving forward. Here, we want to examine how burns are officially classified as well as whether or not individuals can recover compensation if the injury is caused by the negligence of another party. A burn injury lawyer in Houston can evaluate your case and help you assess your legal options following your accident.

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Burn Injury Classifications 

When we examine information from Nationwide Children’s, we can see that burn injuries are classified based on how severely and deeply they penetrate the surface of the skin. Historically, burn injuries have been classified based on three degrees, but most medical professionals recognize four different degrees of burns now. 

  1. First-degree burns. These are often referred to as superficial burns that only affect the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. This will cause the burn site to be painful, dry, and red, but it typically does not blister. Most people are familiar with sunburns, and a mild sunburn will also be considered a first-degree burn. It is rare to have any type of long-term skin damage associated with a first-degree burn. However, repeated first-degree burns do increase the risk of skin cancer.
  2. Second-degree burns. These are also referred to as partial thickness burns, and they involve burning through the epidermis and part of the next layer of skin, the dermis. This can lead to the burn site looking red and blistered, and the area will likely be swollen and painful.
  3. Third-degree burns. These are referred to as full-thickness burns that destroy the epidermis and dermis. Additionally, a third-degree burn could go to the subcutaneous tissue, which is the innermost layer of skin. This type of burn site could look white or charred and blackened.
  4. Fourth-degree burns. These are the most serious types of burns that a person can endure, and they go all the way through every layer of skin and into the muscle and even the bone. There will not be any feeling in the burn area because the nerve endings are destroyed, in this type of burn will also look blackened and charred or white.

Burn Injury Compensation

Individuals who sustained burn injuries caused by the careless or negligent actions of others may be able to recover compensation for their losses. Burn injury claims can arise in a wide variety of ways. This can include burns caused by defective products, careless use of tools, poorly manufactured homes or businesses, hot services left unattended, electrocution injuries, intentional burn injuries, and more.

If an individual files a Houston civil personal injury lawsuit against the alleged negligent party, and if their claim is successful, they may be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, scarring and disfigurement damages, coverage of physical therapy and rehabilitation, and more.

Burn injury classification will have an effect on how much compensation a person receives. Typically, individuals who sustain more severe burn injuries caused by the negligence of others are able to recover higher amounts of compensation.

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