Severe burn injuries are often considered catastrophic. They can cause
immense damage to your skin, tissues, organs, and bones. If you have suffered
a burn injury in a car accident, construction site explosion, other another
type of accident, you have the right to pursue justice from negligent
or reckless individuals. Our legal team will discuss your options and
fight on your behalf as you seek justice.
Burn Injuries Fall Into 4 Classifications:
- First-Degree Burns
First-degree burns are the least severe of all burn injuries. They affect
the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. The affected area may
appear red and slightly swollen. First-degree burn injuries often heal
quickly without medical treatment.
- Second-Degree Burns
Second-degree burns affect both the epidermis and the dermis (the second
layer of skin). The affected area may appear red and swollen, with blisters.
While scarring from blisters may occur in severe cases, these burn injuries
often heal without needing medical treatment.
- Third-Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are much more serious. They affect both layers of skin,
as well as the underlying layer of fat, known as adipose tissue. The affected
area may appear waxy, leathery, tough, and white or tan. Furthermore,
victims may experience no pain in the affected area because of nerve damage.
These burns require immediate medical attention, and could lead to permanent
scarring and other severe complications.
- Fourth-Degree Burns
Fourth-degree burns are the most severe burn injuries. They affect both
layers of skin, the adipose tissue, and even the muscles, soft tissues,
and bones. The skin may be charred, blackened, or burned away entirely.
Severe fourth-degree burns often cause extensive nerve damage. Without
emergency medical treatment, fourth-degree burn injuries could be fatal.
Understanding the Long-Term Effects of a Burn Injury
Victims of third or fourth-degree burn injuries may face a lifetime of
treatment. Skin grafts, medication, surgeries, physical therapy, and other
procedures may help to alleviate chronic pain and reduce scarring. However,
victims will often face a lower quality of life. It is important to pursue
justice against those responsible, and to seek financial relief by filing
a personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury because of someone else’s
negligence or recklessness, Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner is here to help. Our
Honolulu burn injury attorneys will discuss your options for pursuing a settlement, and will guide you
through the legal process. Call us today at (808) 518-2120 to speak with
a member of our team. We provide free consultations to all our prospective clients.