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Degrees and Symptoms of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are categorized in a way that labels them based on the severity of the damages. These categorizations include first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, and inhalation burns. Below, you’ll find the symptoms associated with each and how they may be identified.

First-Degree Burns

This is the mildest type of burn and the damages are not severe. These are also most common because they can be caused by UV rays—also called sunburns.

First-degree burns symptoms include redness and damage to the epidermis. Your skin may not blister, and no additional problems may persist.

These types of burn injuries typically heal on their own over the course of a week.

Second-Degree Burns

These burns cause damages that run deeper than the first layer of skin, into the second layer of skin called the dermis. It is a painful burn detailed by your skin suffering a pink hue coloration and soft feel. You may develop blisters and some scarring, but typically second-degree burns can heal with proper treatment.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are the most serious types of burn injuries and result in damage deep into the layers of skin and potentially harm your fat, muscles, nerves, and bones in the area of the burn. You may not feel pain as a result of third-degree burns because of the damage done to nerve endings in the affected area.

Inhalation Burns

Inhalation burns cause damage to the airways and down into your lungs. They often result in long-term problems with breathing and pain in your chest.

If you’ve suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, know that you have rights that need to be protected. Our San Jose burn injury attorneys are here to help you navigate every step and pursue the financial compensation you need.

With Caputo & Van Der Walde, you can have skilled representation dedicated to your best interests. Trust that you are our top priority and we do whatever we can to help you move forward after a catastrophic burn injury.