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Burn injuries are some of the most painful and debilitating types of injuries a person can sustain. Unfortunately, burn injuries can happen anytime and anywhere, whether at work, due to defective products, or an auto accident. Beyond the physical pain and suffering, injuries of this nature can often result in considerable medical expenses, long-term rehabilitation, and, in some cases, even permanent disability. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another party’s negligence, it’s crucial to understand your legal rights, as you may be entitled to significant compensation for the damages you’ve endured. Please continue reading to learn about the different types of burn injuries and how a seasoned New York City Personal Injury Attorney can help you seek the justice and financial support you deserve. 

What Are the Different Classifications of a Burn Injury?

Burn injuries are classified into different degrees based on their severity. Understanding the different classifications of burns is essential when evaluating the extent of your injury and whether you can pursue legal action. For example, many individuals wonder whether they can pursue legal action for a second or third-degree burn, as some burns are considered minor injuries that can be treated at home. However, others may cause lasting damage and require long-term medical care. The degrees of burn injuries are as follows:

  • First-degree: Generally, this type of burn injury heals quickly as it only affects the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. First-degree burns are considered minor injuries. An example would be a mild sunburn. This burden injury typically does not lead to legal action.
  • Second-degree: This burn injury affects the outer layer of your skin and the dermis, the layer underneath the epidermis. Second-degree burns often appear bright red, blistered, swollen, and painful to touch. Second-degree burns can result in substantial medical bills, meaning you may be eligible to pursue legal action.
  • Third-degree: This type of burn injury destroys the epidermis and dermis. Third-degree burns can damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn site will appear white, brown, charred, or yellow. There’s no pain or feeling in that area because the nerve endings are destroyed.
  • Fourth-degree: This type of burn injury occurs when all layers of your skin, as well as your bones, muscles, and tendons, are destroyed. This is the most severe of burns, and they’re typically life-threatening.

It’s crucial to note that sometimes, the degree of burn you have can change. This can happen if your damaged skin spreads and the injury becomes deeper, leading to complications such as infections and bone/joint problems. Therefore, you should seek immediate medical attention if you’ve suffered a burn injury.

If you suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of a talented New York City personal injury attorney. At Swerling Law, we are prepared to help you hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Allow our firm to represent your interests today to maximize your chances of achieving the best possible outcome.



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