Degrees of Burns

Burn injuries are extremely common, and nearly everyone has experienced some type of burn in their lifetime. Some burns are relatively minor and can be treated at home, while other burns are much more serious, potentially resulting in hospital visits, surgeries, and permanent disfigurement. Most burn injuries are caused by flesh coming into contact with heat, electricity, chemicals, sunlight, or friction, and a persons life can dramatically change following a burn injury if the burn is severe enough.

If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury as a result of another party’s actions, you may qualify for compensation. Call the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 for more information.

Degrees of Burns

Medical professionals determine the severity of a burn before assigning a treatment plan. There are six degrees of burn severity, which are:

  • First-degree burns: The least severe type of burn. Damage is located only on the top layers of the skin and can be treated at home. Examples of first-degree burns include mild sunburns, touching hot water, or coming into brief contact with a flame.
  • Second-degree burns: A burn that results in red and blistered skin. They are usually fairly painful, and most people visit a hospital if they suffer a second-degree burn.
  • Third-degree burns: A severe burn where damage goes all the way through the skin. Emergency medical care is essential.
  • Fourth-degree burns: Burns that result in damage to the skins underlying muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Fifth-degree and Sixth-degree burns: these burns usually result in the death of the victim. Damage is extensive, burning all the way to the bone.

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If you or a loved one has experienced a serious burn injury, you should contact the Waukesha personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 to discuss your legal options.