Degrees of burns range from first-degree burns, which are the least severe burns, to second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree burns. Both second-degree and third-degree burns are serious burns, and both need prompt medical care.

Second-degree burns are also called partial thickness burns. They damage the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, as well as deeper tissue, which is called the dermis. Second-degree burns are painful and usually blister. They may appear deep red and swollen, and may look wet and shiny when the blisters break. They may also be susceptible to infection, especially when the blisters break.

Third-degree burns, also called full thickness burns, are more severe than second-degree burns. Third-degree burns damage all the layers of the skin. They damage tissue in the outer skin layer (epidermis), the deeper skin level (dermis), and the tissue below the skin. Third-degree burns often require admission to a burn unit, may doctors may perform skin grafts and provide long-term medical treatment. They are also prone to infection and may require IV antibiotics to prevent it.

Those who suffer serious burns may be eligible to file a claim against a party responsible for their injuries. For help finding a lawyer, call our lawyer referral specialists at 844-549-8774.