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First, Second, and Third-Degree Burns


When burn injuries are severe, they may be considered catastrophic injuries. Burn injuries can leave a victim with physical and emotional trauma, as well as severe disfigurement.

Burn injuries fall into three categories: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. Learn the difference between these three categories and what to do if you have suffered a burn injury.

Burn Injury Classifications

The skin is comprised of multiple layers including the epidermis (the outermost layer), the dermis (beneath the epidermis), and the hypodermis (deeper subcutaneous tissue).

Severe burns affect deeper layers of the skin, leading to a more serious injury. Generally, burn injuries can be classified as one of the following:

  • First-degree burns: These burns are generally mild, affecting only the top layer of skin. Victims often experience redness and pain at the burn site.

  • Second-degree burns: These burns affect both the upper layer and the lower layer of skin. Victims often experience pain, reddening of the skin, blistering, and swelling.

  • Third-degree burns: These burns are serious, and damage all layers of the skin, as well as deeper tissue and even bone. Sadly, many third-degree burns end up being fatal. Victims often experience charred, blackened skin, extreme pain, and numbness.

Burns are also classified by how they happen. Thermal burns happen after contact with flames, heated metals, boiling liquid, or steam. Additionally, victims may acquire electrical burns, chemical burns, or radiation.

Suffered a Burn Injury? Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury due to another’s negligence, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys are here to help. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that burn injuries can have on victims.

We’re here to help you hold responsible parties accountable for their actions and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact The Villari Firm, PLLC at 267-388-9429 to schedule a free consultation.

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