The Importance of Seeking Medical Treatment After a Burn Injury

Burn injuries are very serious injuries. Often times, if somebody suffers a significant burn injury they lose a lot of their faculties. Burn injuries can range from small first-degree burns that are a nuisance to major third-degree burns, which can prevent an individual from living their life as they previously did before the incident. Injured persons can no longer sweat, if they're young and still growing their skin doesn't stretch like it does before you suffer a burn injury. You always want to seek treatment immediately after suffering a burn.

A burn injury can be the result of several culprits including:

  • Electricity
  • Hot Objects
  • Chemicals
  • Fire
  • Radiation
  • Hot Liquid


If you, or a loved one, have experienced a major burn injury, it is critical to seek medical attention. Doctors will know how to treat the burn wound appropriately in order to maximize recovery. Treatment options vary in accordance to the severity of the burn. Below are various techniques physicians may use to help throughout the healing process.

Dressings: Gauze or bandage material are placed on the burned area to help prevent infections.

Early excision: This is a surgical procedure which removes dead tissue to help prepare the affected area for a skin graft.

Debridement: Mechanical, chemical or surgical debridement removes unnecessary tissue that does not come of easily during the acute stage.

Skin grafts: This process transfers healthy skin to the wounded area from another area of the victim’s body, an animal or a cadaver.

Categories of Burn Severity

Size and location can be determining factors in the severity of a burn. A burn will require immediate medical attention if it effects more that 20 percent of the total body surface. You must also seek treatment if the face, hands, feet, major joints or groin/buttocks are burned.

Typically, burn injuries are classified into four categories in accordance to their severity. I is important to identify the different types of burns in order to obtain the appropriate medical care. 

First degree: This is the least serious type of burn. It only affects the most outer layer of the skin known as the epidermis, causing slight swelling, redness and peeling. Typically, this type of burn can be treated at home with cool water, ointment and a bandage.

Second degree: This burn is more serious than a first degree, as it affects the epidermis and the dermis, the second layer of the skin. It can cause blistering, swelling,pain and can damage body functions. While small second degree burns can be treated at home, a burn larger than the size of a baseball should receive immeidate medical attention.

Third degree: A third degree burn is considered a major burn because it destroys the epidermis, dermis and can cause damage to the nervous system. It will cause the skin to become white, charred, stiff or waxy and requires immediate medical care.

Fourth degree: This is the most severe type of burn. When a fourth degree burn occurs, all layers of the skin are destroyed including nerves, tissue and muscles. Similar to a third degree burn, this type of injury requires immediate medical attention and care.

From a legal perspective, you want to seek that treatment immediately so that you can establish a causal connection between the incident and the injury. You have to prove that, in court, if you want to recover from a third party for any negligent act or omission. Additionally, if a client waits several weeks before seeking medical treatment, it can appear as if the injury is not as severe as he or she claims. Insurance companies look to minimize an injury if there is a significant delay in seeking treatment by saying, œIf this claimant was really injured in this accident, then why did they wait a month to say anything?  You and your accident attorney in New Orleans may know that you are in pain, but without evidence from a medical professional there is no way to prove that you were injured.

Where Zinda Law Group Practices:

We were founded in Texas and have a team of Austin personal injury lawyers as well as attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth.

 As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

Types of Cases We Handle:

We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents.   We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.