Of all the burns you could suffer, third degree burns are by far the most severe. First degree burns are very minor for the most part. Even second degree burns can be safely treated at home in most cases, unless they occur on a significant or awkward area of the body. Third degree burns will burn through all the skin layers and take on a more serious appearance because of this.
Accident Advice Helpline has come across cases where people have suffered extensive burning of this type in an accident of some kind. While burns of this severity are very rare, especially in the workplace, they can occur in other situations. For example if someone else causes you to have a car accident and the car catches on fire, you could suffer burns before being rescued.
How do you tell whether third degree burning has occurred?
Ironically the person who suffers such a burn may not be able to feel it. Nerve damage can often occur when these burns happen. These burns cannot be treated at home and no attempt to do so should be made. This is an emergency situation and one that warrants a 999 call. The skin may look anything but red in these situations. It may instead appear white, dark brown or even leather-like in appearance. Charring may also occur. More than one of these examples could occur over a small area too.
Recovery can take some time depending on how severe the burns are, how widespread they are and how they are treated. There can be side-effects such as shock and infections. As you can imagine, suffering burns of this nature is emotionally and mentally shocking, as well as the obvious physical problems associated with them.
Was someone else to blame?
You may well find you want to know why your injuries occurred in the first place. In some cases someone else may have been responsible for causing someone to suffer burns of this type. If this is the case there would be a higher chance of compensation being paid out.
If you think you could bring a no win, no fee* claim against someone else in a similar situation, call us at Accident Advice Helpline. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is open now on 0800 689 0500. This is the way to discover if you could indeed claim for compensation.