If you are in need of an experienced burn injury attorney in the San Diego area, Foldenauer Law Group is here to help. We focus on handling a variety of serious life altering injury cases including those involving burn injuries. Cases involving burn injuries can be extremely complex and require highly skilled attorneys experienced in handling burn injury cases. Our attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to get our clients the results they are entitled to and deserve.
Burn Type Classification
Light burns are caused by exposure to light, including the sun. Light burns may be caused by tanning beds, cancer treatment therapy, defective X-ray machines, and even light bulbs. In addition to defective products and treatments causing light burns, a baby or elderly person left in the sun too long by their caregiver may be entitled to compensation for sunburn. Light burns may also increase a victim’s risks for developing cancer later in life.
Burn Severity Classification
First-degree, or superficial burns, affect only the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of an increase or decrease in the skin color.
Second-degree, or partial thickness burns, involve the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of skin. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful.
Third-degree, or full thickness burns, completely destroy the epidermis and dermis. Third-degree burns may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn site appears white or charred. There is no sensation in the area since the nerve endings are erradicated.
- <10% total body surface area in an adult
- <5% total body surface area in the young or elderly
- <2% full thickness burn
- 10-20% total body surface area in an adult
- 5-10% total body surface area in the young or elderly
- 2-5% full thickness burn
>20% total body surface area in an adult
>10% total body surface area in the young or elderly
>5% full thickness burn
Treatment for serious burns may involve the surgical removal of dead tissue (debridement). If the tissue in the burn area has been damaged to the point where it cannot heal, a skin graft may be needed. This involves extracting a layer of skin from an unburned area of the body and transplanting it to the affected area. Burn victims also often need to undergo physical therapy to minimize scarring and to keep the affected areas from becoming rigid and inflexible.
Burn victims not only suffer physically, they also experience emotional and financial harm as well. In many cases, they may face many years of medical treatments, nursing assistence, physical therapy and psychological care. Burn victims may also have to live with severe disfigurement, scarring and life-long emotional distress. In addition to these physical obsticles, victims also face astronomical medical bills, loss of earnings and other monetary damages.