When you suffer a burn injury, the doctor is not going to treat your wound in the same manner as he would someone else's. Each burn is cared for depending on the severity. The medical field classifies burns under three broad categories:
A first-degree burn is the least serious type. Only the outer layer of skin has been affected. Your skin will usually be red and possibly swollen, and the burn itself will usually be slightly painful. In most cases, you can treat this burn like any minor burn and it's not likely that you will need to seek medical attention. If the burn is especially large or covers a portion of your face, hands, feet, buttocks, groin, or a major joint, you will probably want to go to the emergency room.
A second-degree burn is when the first and second layers of skin have been burned. This burn differs from a first-degree burn because blisters could develop, the skin may become very red and splotchy, and it will probably be very swollen and painful. However, like the first-degree burn, if it is not too large—three inches or less—you can probably treat it on your own at home. If your wound covers any areas we described under the first-degree burn, consider heading to the emergency room.
This is the most serious kind of burn and requires someone to call 911 immediately. A third-degree burn involves all layers of the skin and can cause permanent tissue damage. The burn area could look charred black or dry and white. An immediate emergency response is needed to assess the damage and take urgent action. Improperly treated third-degree burns can lead to loss of a limb or death.
If you are not sure what type of burn you have, don't be afraid to seek a medical professional's opinion. It’s much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to burn injuries.
Contact a Columbia Burn Injury Attorney Today
If your burn injury was the result of another person's negligence, contact a Columbia burn injury lawyer at the Law Office of Kenneth Berger. You can call 803-790-2800 today to schedule your free consultation.