Second-degree burns cause more serious and deeper tissue damage than first-degree burns, and thus look differently. Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and the deeper layer of skin (the dermis), and may develop blisters. After the blisters rupture, the burn wound may look wet and shiny.

The burn itself is often a shade of red. The tissue within and around the burn may be swollen when a person has a second-degree burn. And skin around the wound may be discolored. Some second-degree burns may cause scarring.

If your burn wound looks waxy, dry and like leather, you may have a third-degree burn, rather than a second-degree burn. And if the burn only appears red and does not blister, then you may have a first-degree burn.

A second-degree burn does not usually have the extreme color changes of a third-degree burn. If your burn has areas that are black, white, brown or yellow, you may have a third-degree burn, not a second-degree burn.

If you have a second-degree burn caused by another party, you may have a claim to recover compensation for damages. Call 844-549-8774 to speak with one of our lawyer referral specialists.