Burn injuries can happen without warning, in many different settings. Perhaps you work around open flames or sources of superheated steam as part of your job. You could be injured due to an equipment malfunction. You could also get hurt in a housefire on a dangerous property if your landlord neglected to remove fire hazards. Of course, you could also suffer burns in a car accident, when highly combustible fuel is exposed to pressure and sparks.

No matter how the burn occurs, you’re going to begin wondering about the healing process. What should you expect?

First off, it depends on the severity of the burn. Even minor burns may be incredibly painful, but they tend to just be surface-level injuries and will disappear as the skin heals. Third-degree burns, on the other hand, reach into deeper tissues and can leave you with lasting scars and skin discoloration, even when fully healed.

A few things you may experience include:

  • Pain and inflammation
  • Red, discolored skin
  • An itching sensation during healing
  • Sensory changes as nerves regenerate
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving as skin contracts
  • Painfulness to the touch, which can make it hard to sleep or do other daily activities
  • The potential for infection
  • Changes in perspiration and normal skin function
  • Sensitivity and healing that can last for up to a year and a half

As you can see, the healing process can be extensive and life-changing. It may also be very expensive, especially for severe burns that require hospitalization. To offset these costs, be sure you are aware of your legal options to seek compensation.