Burn Victim, First American Full Face Transplant
Last week a team of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents at Brigham and Women's Hospital, totalling more than 30 people, performed 15 hours of work to complete a full facial transplant on a man from Fort Worth who suffered catastrophic burn injuries in an electrical accident in 2008.
Dallas Weins, 25, was working on a cherry-picker when it maneuvered into a live wire, electrocuting him, which resulted in severe burns to his face, destroying all of his facial features with the exception of a small portion of his chin. The accident caused the loss of his sight as well as severe facial damage and disfigurement, some of which the surgeons hoped to partially repair. According to a statement released from Brigham, the surgery replaced his "nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and the nerves that power them and provide sensation."
While this cutting-edge operation was performed for free by Brigham, the costs of the associated medical expenses with any serious injury can be enormous, and too much to bear for even those with higher than average incomes. There are some cases in which a negligent or careless company or a malfunctioning product may have caused a serious injury. In these types of cases, the victim or the family of the victim may be able to fight for monetary compensation for the injuries and expenses that they will face.
At Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group we are dedicated to assisting those who have been injured in serious accident or families who have lost loved ones in wrongful death incidents. We can assist you with your case by investigating the incident and determining if you have a viable case, then fighting aggressively to protect your rights.
Contact a Dallas personal injury attorney at the firm today for a no-cost initial case evaluation.
Two Boys Electrocuted by Downed Power Line
Two children are in the hospital after receiving life-threatening shocks from a downed power line.
Young North Richland Hills teenager, 14 year old Austin Stewart, and an unnamed 11 year old friend of his are the unfortunate victims. The two were playing when the younger boy noticed a basketball lying in a culvert. When he went to pick it up, he slipped and fell. In an attempt to stabilize himself, he grabbed onto a downed power line. Unbeknownst to him, the wire was still live. Stewart attempted to help the younger boy and was also electrocuted by the wire.
Electrocutions can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. Both boys are lucky that they survived the accident. Stewart's family says that the area around the downed wire is not fenced in and that there are no warnings about the danger. Oncor, which owns and operates the power line, is investigating. It is unclear whether the company will be held responsible for the premises liability.
Injured in an accident through no fault of your own? Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney at Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group today!