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If you incur burns from any accident, you may need to recover damages for impairment to bodily function, past and future medical bills, pain, suffering lost earnings, and property deterioration. The seriousness of your burn will determine how much you receive for your claim. Therefore, with the help of your burn injury lawyer, thoroughly assess your injury’s type and severity before filing a burn injury claim.

Three types of burns are categorized based on the degree to which the skin is damaged. It is up to medical professionals to determine this based on the injury’s extent and the presence of further complications. This information will help your burn injury lawyer determine the extent of your injury to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Superficial Burns

A superficial burn is a burn in which the outer layers of the skin are destroyed. The severity of superficial burns depends on where you are burnt and how bad it is, but if there are no symptoms, it should not be severe enough for scarring. If you experience pain with this burn, it should quickly disappear without treatment. This burn is considered a low-risk claim due to the less damage incurred. If your injuries fail to heal properly or continue progressing or worsening, this would be considered a significant sign that something more severe has occurred than a superficial burn.

Partial Thickness Burns

A partial thickness burn is a burn in which the outer layer of skin is damaged but not destroyed. This burn can be caused by damage to a large or small body part. In these cases, damage to the skin and nerves can heal, but if there are other problems with your body, such as muscle or joint damage, it would be determined that this injury resulted in scarring. The cost to repair these injuries will vary based on the extent of damage and how much of your body was affected. Therefore your burn injury lawyer would have to consider all of this when determining the value of your claim.

Full Thickness Burns

A full-thickness burn is when the epidermis and dermis are damaged, exposing your subcutaneous tissue. If the damage is deep enough, the scarring can become very severe, covering your entire body with a layer of skin that no longer works. The level of burn for full-thickness burns usually varies depending on the damage done. If this burn does not heal properly, it will affect how your claim is valued. A burn injury lawyer will need to look into the cause of the full-thickness burn, how much hurt has been done, and whether there are other complications.


It is important to focus on the severity of your burn injury to help determine your claim type. The expected damages are very low if you’ve only suffered superficial burns. However, your claim would be substantially higher if your injuries are deep enough to be classified as full-thickness burns or larger. You will want to work with a burn injury lawyer with the necessary experience to determine this.