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Our Houston burn injury lawyers are knowledgeable about the causes of burns and your rights to compensation. There are varying degrees of burns, which are classified by depth (or the layers of skin damaged). The severity of your burn is determined by the extent of tissue damage. The Mayo Clinic provides information on the following degrees of burns:


First degree burns are typically minor and involve minimal tissue damage to the first (or outer) layer of the skin.


  • pain
  • redness
  • swelling
  • white (or blanched) skin

Minor Burn Treatment:

  • run cool (not iced) water over the burn or soak
  • cover burn with sterile non-adhesive bandage or cloth
  • if necessary, over-the-counter pain medication may be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation


Second degree burns affect the outer layer of the skin as well as the second (or underlying) layer. If smaller than three inches in diameter, it may be treated as a minor burn. Larger burns may require emergency care.


  • blistering
  • intense redness
  • severe pain
  • splotchy appearance
  • swelling

When Treating Don’t:

  • apply butter or ointments to a burn
  • break blisters
  • use ice to cool a burn


Third and fourth degree burns affect all of the skin’s layers and are considered the most severe of all burns as fat, muscle, and bone may be affected. The healing process for these burns is slow and usually results in scarring as third degree burns destroy the skin’s structure.


  • charring
  • stiff or waxy appearance
  • leathery or tan appearance
  • numbness (resulting from destroyed nerves)

If Involving Smoke:

  • difficulty inhaling and exhaling
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • other toxic affects

Seek Emergency Care:

  • Call 911 or emergency medical help immediately

In The Meantime:

  • don’t remove burned clothing
  • don’t immerse large or severe burns in cold water
  • check for breathing, coughing, and movement
  • elevate burned areas of the body
  • cover burned area with a cool, sterile bandage or cloth