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Severe Burn Injuries in Colorado

A burn is damage to the skin and sometimes the underlying tissues. Burns can be categorized according to the depth and extent of the damage to the skin. The worst type of burn is referred to as a full- thickness burn, or a third degree burn. A third degree burn may extend into deeper tissues, cause extreme skin blistering, involves all of epidermis (outer most layer of the skin) and some of dermis (a layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues composed of connective tissues).

Distinguishing a Minor Burn From a Severe Burn

In order to distinguish a minor burn from a serious burn, the first step is to determine the extent of damage to the body tissues. The three burn classifications of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns are:

First- Degree Burn Classification

First-degree burn is the least serious burn, in which only the outer layer of skin is burned. Normally it does not require emergency medical attention, unless it involves substantial portions of the hands, feet, face, groin, major joint or buttocks.

  • Skin is red
  • Swelling
  • Pain

When in doubt, obtain immediate emergency medical care.

Second-degree burn

In addition to the first layer of skin being burned through, if the second layer of skin, the dermis, is also burned, it is classified as a second-degree burn. This burn is no longer than 3 inches, and can be treated as a minor burn. If the burned area is larger than 3 inches, or on the hands, feet, face, groin, or on a major joint or buttocks, it should be treated as a major burn and medical help should be sought immediately.

  • Blisters
  • Skin is very red
  • Splotchy appearance
  • Severe pain and swelling

When in doubt, obtain immediate emergency medical care.

Third- Degree Burns

This is the most serious burn that involves all layers of the skin, and can cause permanent tissue damage. The fat, muscle, and bones in the area of and around the burn can be affected. Areas may be black or appear white and very dry. A person might experience a difficult time when trying to inhale and exhale.

For major burns, call 911 or seek emergency medical help right away. Until you are able get the medical help you need, follow these steps:

  • Don’t remove burned clothing
  • Don’t immerse large severe burns in cold water
  • Check for signs of circulations (breathing, coughing, or movement)
  • Elevate the burned parts of the body
  • Cover the area of the burn with a moist sterile bandage or clean moist cloth

Contact a Colorado Burn Injury Attorney Today

If you or someone you know has been affected by a severe burn and is suffering from psychological and emotional trauma, compensation is available. A victim may have significant facial scarring, hair loss or other permanent disfigurement. Each case, and burn accident is different, but all people are affected, and deserve compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and any other expenses.

What Would Happen To Make You Need To Contact A Burn Injury Lawyer:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • House fires
  • Explosions
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical equipment malfunctions
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Industrial accidents
  • And more

If you have or someone you know is or has experienced a severe burn accident due to the negligence or misconduct of another, you have the right to seek compensation for your burn injury. Please call our Denver-area law office at 303-932-8666 to set up your free consultation with an experienced severe burn injury attorney at the Law Firm of Mike Hulen, PC.