Burn Assessment in Adults & Children

Burn Injury Lawyers In Delaware

Burns are injuries to the various layers of the skin. The skin can be superficially burned of deeply burned. The depth or the burn indicates the degree of the burn such as first, second or third degree burns. The amount of body surface area burned indicates the severity of the burn. A burn injury can be sustained in the home, in an accident or workplace injury. Burn injuries can cause scarring, disfigurement and loss of sensation if the effected area of the body. Often times a burn can be a fatal injury. Complications secondary to the burn such as dehydration can further complicate a burn injury and the time it takes to recover. In addition, treatment options are often dictated by severity, depth and type of burn.

If you have sustained a burn injury as a result of a workplace accident, work related injury or other type of non work related accident call The Freibott Law Firm in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Freibott's offfice can be reached at 302 633 9000 in New Castle or Kent Counties. If you suffered a burn injury in Susses County please dial 302 227 9559. The Freibott Law Firm offers free consultations to burn injury victims, workplace injury victims & bur accident victims.

Assessment Of A Burn Injury

The Total Body Surface Area (TBSA) effected by the burn is used to assess burns of the skin. In an adult the 'Rule of Nines' is typically used when trying to determine total percentage of body burned. The Rule of Nines takes into consideration factors such as burns covering multiple body parts or burns not fully covering a body part. In adults, each area of the body is assigned a percentage based on its size and surface area. Rule of Nines percentages for an average sized adult are outlined below:

Anatomic Structure                                   Surface Area %

  • Head                                                              9%
  • Front Torso                                                    18%
  • Rear Torso                                                     18%
  • Each Leg                                                       36%
  • Each Arm                                                       18%
  • Genitalia                                                         1%

The arms and legs can be further broken down percentage wise if only front (anterior) or rear (posterior) portion is burnt.

Burn Assessment in Children & Infants

In children burns are assessed very similarly to adults with one primary difference. For an infant, toddler or child with a burn injury the body parts are assigned a different surface area percentage. The percentages differ at different ages due to the fact that the ratio of combined surface area of head and neck differs to that of an adult. This assignment is called the Lund-Browder chart and is outlined below:

Anatomic Structure                                   Surface Area %

  • Head                                                             17%
  • Front Torso                                                    18%
  • Rear Torso                                                     18%
  • Each Leg                                                       26%               
  • Each Arm                                                       18%
  • Genitalia                                                         1%

Contact a Knowledgeable Delaware Burn Injury Lawyer

A burn injury can easily become a catastrophic event in one's life. If you are burnt at work or in an accident in Delaware call The Freibott Law Firm at 302 633 9000 or 302 227 9559. Mr. Freibott serves the city of Wilmington, New Castle, Kent & Sussex Counties in Delaware. Mr. Freibott has over 2 decades experience handling accident and injury cases in Delaware. Let him put his experience to work for you. No fee unless he recovers on your behalf.

The Freibott Law Firm handles burn injury and burn accident cases in all Delaware counties including: New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County, Delaware. This includes all cities, towns & suburbs such as: Wilmington, Newark, New Castle, Stanton, Newport, Claymont, Hockessin, Pike Creek, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Harrington, Georgetown, Lewes, Milton, Laurel, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Laurel, Delmar, Dagsboro and Ocean View.