What Are the Different Types of Severe Burns?

At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, severe burn injury cases are among the most common types of personal injury cases we handle for clients. Our lawyers have decades of experience, so we understand firsthand the different challenges clients face when seeking compensation for their injury damages. We also know that people sometimes sustain serious thermal, electrical, or chemical burns but aren’t sure how to file a lawsuit to hold the negligent party accountable. That is why we are committed to representing clients throughout Los Angeles and helping them prove that another person or entity is responsible for their injuries. Below, we discuss the different types of burn injuries we commonly see in these types of cases.

Burn Levels

There are four different types of burns which are determined based on the severity of damage to the skin:

  1. First-Degree: Damage from this type of burn includes redness and non-blistered skin.
  2. Second-Degree: This type of burn usually results in blisters and some thickening of the skin.
  3. Third-Degree: This type of burn consists of widespread damage with white and red patches that have a leathery appearance.
  4. Fourth-Degree: Damage from this type of burn is similar to a third-degree burn, but goes all the way into the tendons and bones.

It is important to note that chemical and electrical burns can affect your internal organs and brain. If you have sustained either of these burns, you should immediately seek medical attention, even if you think the damage to your skin is only minor.

Common Complications with Burn Injuries

Third-degree and fourth-degree burns have the highest risk of complications during the recovery process. Some of the complications we have seen with our clients’ injuries include:

  1. Severe Blood Loss
  2. Shock
  3. Infections
  4. Tetanus
  5. Hypothermia
  6. Hypovolemia

Speak to Our Burn Injury Lawyers About Your Case Today

Have you or a loved one suffered a devastating burn? Do you believe the burn was the result of another party’s negligence? If so, get in touch with Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP so we can get started building a strong legal strategy so you can pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your damages. Whether your burn was sustained in a car accident or the result of a defective product, we have the skills and knowledge of the law that you need to secure justice.

For more information regarding your burn injury case, call our law firm today at (800) 462-7160. We can assist you 24/7, so don’t hesitate to schedule your free case consultation today.