Burn Injury Attorneys
Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Surrounding Counties
A burn injury can be devastating depending on the severity and location of the injury. The bodily damages and complications can be extensive and result in mounting medical costs, loss of wages and the need for psychological counseling during lifestyle adjustments.
If you have suffered a burn injury, please contact us for a free initial consultation.
Severity of a Burn Injury
The severity of a burn injury is classified in degrees. There are six levels that categorize this type of injury, although, the first three are the most common. The degrees of burns which exceed third degree burns are often used when describing injuries that occurred after death.
- First degree burns – Affect the outermost skin layer (epidermis) and cause pain, redness and a white plaque at the location of the burn.
- Second degree burns – Affect the epidermis as well as the underlying skin layers of the dermis. Symptoms include slight to severe pain depending on the number of nerves affected, redness and superficial blistering.
- Third degree burns – Cause loss of epidermis, charring of the dermis and often damage to the hypodermis (innermost layer of skin). Loss of hair shafts, loss of skin color and scarring usually result and skin grafting may be necessary to prevent infection and aid in the healing process.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Many outside influences can be responsible for a burn injury. Some of the more common causes include:
If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner the injury is treated, the better the possibility of reducing permanent damage.
How the body is affected by a burn injury depends on the circumstances surrounding the injury. All burn injuries to the outer layers of skin are easily identified and treated. However, there may be underlying damage that may cause damage to nerve endings, blood vessels, muscle tissues and bones. These deeper injuries can cause complications and even fatality if not properly treated. Complications may include infection, shock, respiratory distress, electrolyte imbalance, scarring and deformity.
Please contact our South Carolina burn injury attorneys today to learn how we can help you.