There are four possible degrees of burns you may have:
- First-degree burns are superficial and minor, only impacting the epidermis. The burns may result in redness and blistering but will not require advanced medical treatment.
- Second-degree burns extend to the dermis. These burns may swell, become red, and blister, and may require medical assistance. However, they will likely not necessitate hospitalization or advanced medical treatment.
- Third-degree burns involve the entire dermis and epidermis. These burns reach subcutaneous tissue and may appear white or charred. They are extremely painful and necessitate immediate medical attention. Third-degree burns can be fatal if not treated.
- Fourth-degree burns involve damage to the muscle, ligaments, and even bone. These burns are life-threatening. Fourth-degree burns require both immediate and long-term medical attention.
Severe burns may result in permanent disfigurement, a loss of physical ability, and substantial amounts of personal pain and suffering.
What Causes Burns?
The most common causes of burn injuries are exposure to fire, steam, hot liquids, or heated surfaces. Chemicals, electrical equipment, exposed wires, and radiation are also common causes of burn injuries.
Minor burns, including most second-degree burns, can be dealt with at home or in a non-emergency setting. These burns are unlikely to impact a person’s livelihood, abilities, or long-term comfort.
Third and fourth-degree burns, however, can profoundly affect every aspect of a person’s life. Talking to an attorney is a good idea if you have sustained one of these burns. A qualified lawyer can assess your case, help you understand your legal options, and assist you in choosing the best path forward.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In most cases, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim in the state of Oklahoma. Waiting to file a claim may complicate the investigation process or limit your ability to seek complete compensation. Acting quickly helps to preserve your rights and may result in a more favorable outcome.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed following a severe burn injury in Oklahoma, please call Johnson & Biscone at 405-232-6490 to schedule a confidential and free case review. We help victims of serious injury in Oklahoma City and throughout the state.