Third-degree burns and fourth-degree burns are the two worst types of burns. They are both major burns. They require immediate emergency medical attention at a hospital or burn center. Both third-degree and fourth-degree burns can result in permanent impairment and disfigurement and may be fatal in some cases. They require long-term medical attention.
But there are important differences between them.
Third-degree burns damage all the layers of the skin – the epidermis and the dermis. They may also damage some of the tissue below the skin, like fatty tissue. These burns often require skin grafts and other types of long-term medical treatment. They are also prone to infection and may require a hospital stay for treatment and IV antibiotics.
Fourth-degree burns are the worst, most severe type of burn. These burns damage all the layers of the skin, as well as deeper areas of the body, including organs, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones. It is sometimes necessary to amputate following a fourth-degree burn. They are also susceptible to infection and require a hospital stay.
Third- and fourth-degree burns create massive medical bills and other damages, like lost earning capacity and pain and suffering. If you suffered a serious burn because of someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim for your injuries. Contact our lawyer referral specialists who will assist you in finding a lawyer who can help you. Call 844-549-8774.