Call (808) 537-2525

Classifications of Burn Injuries

Classifications of Burn Injuries

April 5, 2018

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.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.


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) 537-2525 to speak with a member of our team. We provide free consultations to all our prospective clients.

Wish To Discuss Your Case With Our Team

Please Call Our Office today