What’s the difference between the different degrees of burns?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2018 | Burn Injuries

If you’ve ever read a news story about injuries people suffered in a fire, then you’ve likely heard their burns classified as first, second or third degree ones. What you may not have known though is what distinguishes one from the next.

Whether an injury is classified as a first, second or third-degree burn depends on how many layers of skin are damaged by the burn.

Third-degree burns are the most serious type of injury, as they go farther than just skin deep. In addition to the skin, they also affect the underlying muscles, fat and nerves. They often cause the skin to become leathery. The amount of pain an individual with this type of burn will experience depends on how much nerve damage they suffered.

Second-degree burns involve the topmost level of skin and the one right beneath it, the dermis. Although these burns don’t involve nerve damage, the blisters that accumulate on top of the burned area can be particularly uncomfortable. Those with second-degree burns are at significant risk for developing scarring or an infection because of the tissue damage.

Although the least severe of all types, first-degree burns can still be painful. They generally involve the topmost layer of skin known as the epidermis being burned. Sunburn is one of the most well known types of first-degree burn. Most people who suffer from this often experience a stinging pain, peeling and a red hue to their skin. Fortunately most common types of sunburn don’t result in broken or blistered skin though.

Burn injuries can happen for a number of reasons including car accidents, use of a defective product, issues at work or leaving children unattended. Those with third-degree burns can endure a lot of pain as they weather the long recovery process. An Augusta burn injuries attorney with litigation experience can help you get the compensation you deserve for your suffering.