First-degree burns are the most minor type of burn. Burns are categorized by degree, from the least to most severe:
- First-degree burns – the least severe type of burn affecting the epidermis
- Second-degree burns – affects the epidermis and part of the dermis
- Third-degree burns – affects all layers of skin and may affect tissue underneath
- Fourth-degree burns – the most severe type of burn affecting all lawyers of skin and underlying structures.
First-degree burns include most sunburns, as well as other minor burns that cause redness of the skin. First-degree burns do not blister and do not cause scars. There may be some swelling, but home care is usually enough to treat the burn.
The worst type of burn, fourth-degree burns, can be fatal. Most people have only heard about first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns. Fourth-degree burns not only damage all the layers of the skin, but they also damage deeper parts of the body like the organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and even the bones.
If you sustained a first-degree burn, you probably do not need to call a doctor unless the burn worsens, is larger than two inches, or was the result of a chemical, electricity, or fire. Fourth-degree burns require emergency care.
Further, if your burn is severe, you may be able to hold the party who caused it liable for your damages. Our lawyer referral specialists can help you find a lawyer. Call 844-549-8774.