Burns are some of the most painful injuries a person can sustain. Someone can be injured by four different types of burns: thermal, chemical, electrical, and radiological. Depending on the circumstances, all of these circumstances can result in burns that qualify at different levels of severity. There are three different levels of severity that the American Burn Association uses to classify burns. Burns are classified as minor, moderate, and major.
Minor burns, what we commonly associate with the term “first degree burns” only effect the epidermis or the most outer layer of the skin. They also cover a relatively small surface area of the body. Most of the time, minor burns can be treated at home. However, even these can be very painful. According to the website of Louisville personal injury lawyers at The Sampson Law Firm, “even with more minor burns, a person might sustain significant pain and emotional trauma, not to mention months of recovery.”
Moderate burns are bigger and reach deeper levels of the skin than minor burns. These are often associated with the term “second degree burns.” These most often cannot be treated at home and must be treated in a hospital.
Major burns are the most severe type of burns. These are often associated with the term “third degree burns.” Third degree burns affect the epidermis, dermis, and the subdermis, the deepest layer of skin burns can reach. Major burns often cover very large surface areas and are extremely difficult to recover from. Major burns can never be treated at home or in a hospital; they must be treated at a burn center.
Effects of a burn injury can be physically and emotionally painful for the victim and require extensive periods of recovery. Unfortunately, in many cases, a burn injury was preventable and occurred due to the carelessness of another. If this is the case, the victim may be entitled to certain damages which can aid in the medical expenses associated with burn injuries.