Burn injuries are broken down into four categories based on severity. While first-degree burns can heal quickly, second, third, and fourth-degree burns can cause lifelong pain and permanent disfigurement.
- First-degree burns: The top layer of the skin is damaged with some redness and mild pain.
- Second-degree burns: The top two layers are damaged, resulting in redness, pain, and blistering.
- Third-degree burns: All layers of the skin are damaged, leaving a white or black wound with nerve damage.
- Fourth-degree burns: Not only is the skin destroyed but the muscle or bone underneath is damaged as well.
Burns can happen anywhere, and they do, at home, on the job, or on the roadways. Some of the most common types of burns include:
- Fires from car crashes
- Fires at apartment complexes
- Fires at work
- Scalding water or steam from pipes
- Chemical spills
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Exposure to radiation
- Factory explosions
You should seek medical attention if you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms after being burned:
- Inflamed skin
- Warm, red skin
- White or charred skin
- Infected skin
- Swelling (a medical emergency in cases of extreme swelling)
- Exposed tissue or bone (a medical emergency)
- Shock (a medical emergency)
- Skin that is turning green or black or appears to be dying (a medical emergency).
Sadly, most burns are preventable. Georgia personal injury law allows victims to seek financial recovery for burn injuries if the burn was caused by someone else’s negligence.