TYPES OF BURNS
While you're probably familiar with first, second, and third-degree burns, the degree of a burn can go all the way to the sixth degree.
- A first-degree burn is relatively mild and usually causes the outer level of the skin to become red and sting or ache.
- A second-degree goes deeper into the outer and inner layers of the skin and can cause swelling and blisters.
- A third-degree burn penetrates the skin down to deeper tissues, including muscles, tendons and ligaments, and can cause charring or numbness.
- Fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns have similar characteristics as third-degree burns, but can also affect the bone. All burns have the potential to cause scarring and disfigurement.
The degree of a burn shows how serious it is. Generally speaking, the higher the degree of a burn the greater will be the pain and anguish and short and long-term effects upon the victim’s life, as well as the short and long term medical costs and expenses and financial impact. A badly burned person will probably need ongoing medical care, both physical and mental, just to cope with daily living.
The only remedy the law offers to a burn victim is the opportunity to take legal action against whoever caused the harm and seek monetary compensation, called damages. Damages can include the cost of past, present, and future medical care, lost income, impaired earning capacity and fair and reasonable compensation for physical and mental pain and anguish and disfigurement, if appropriate, that the burn victim has experienced and can be expected to experience in the future.
I take all of these considerations into account for my clients.