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Burn Injuries: What are First, Second, and Third Degree Burn Symptoms?

If you have sustained a burn injury, you will most likely be diagnosed based on the severity of the burns and the damage they cause. Typically, the injuries are categorized as first, second, and third-degree burns and are usually determined by various symptoms.

You should know that symptoms coincide with each category, as well as the various ways you may be able to treat the burn injury. Here are some of the things you may notice after suffering a significant burn injury.

Symptoms of First-Degree Burns

These are some of the most common types of burns because of the various ways they occur. For instance, causes can include sun burns, brief contact with hot items or hot liquids, and touching a flame quickly.

The individual who suffers the burn injury may experience some pain and redness, but the burn may not be bad enough to blister and they shouldn’t experience damage below the top layer of skin.

Symptoms of Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns are more serious and can cause damage to the top layer of skin, as well as the layer below that. It will be red at the site of the burn, and the skin will most often blister. It is also painful and takes a few weeks to subside. Medical treatment may also be necessary.

Symptoms of Third-Degree Burns

These are some of the most serious types of burns and typically go well beyond the upper and lower layers of skin and into the muscles, bones, tissue, and more. These types of burns can require skin grafts as they will appear black and rubbery on the skin. In many situations, your nerves may be damaged, so pain may not be an associated symptom.

Our San Francisco burn injury attorneys at The Matiasic Firm recognize how serious burn injuries can be. When they are caused by negligence, we work hard to help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. Trust us to stand in your corner and protect your best interests from start to finish.

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