Burn Injury Lawyers in Round Rock
According to the American Burn Association, there are over 450,000 burn injuries that require medical treatment in the United States every year. Of these injuries, 45,000 call for hospitalization. Sadly, as many as 3,500 people die each year from fires and burns. Even for those who survive a burn injury, however, the results can be devastating.
Burn injuries fall into various categories. Thermal burns are the most common, caused by steam, hot materials, or flame. In addition, sources of radiation such as X-rays or tanning beds, electricity, exposure to toxic chemicals, and inhalation of hot or toxic vapors burn thousands every year. The severity of the burn will determine whether medical attention is necessary beyond basic first-aid. Though some burns may look minor, there can be internal or other tissue damage that is not immediately evident to the untrained eye, so victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Serious third-degree burns or burns over a large area of the body can be fatal. Less severe burns can damage skin, muscle, blood vessels and even bones. Damage to nerves can affect a victim's dexterity and reflexes, while damage to eyes can permanently diminish the burned person's sight. Burn injuries often result in scarring, which can mean permanent alterations in the victim's appearance. As with other injuries, burns often pose the greatest threat to children, the elderly or those with some other medical condition.
The fallout from a severe burn does not end with the immediate injuries. Burn victims can suffer severe, lasting pain and years of emotional and mental distress. Physical and emotional injuries can require extensive rehabilitation. Lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation, or injuries can all result in a loss of income or even employment.
Unfortunately, such distressing outcomes are often the result of preventable causes. Buildings and rooms without smoke detectors that are out of compliance with fire codes are a frequent cause of these preventable injuries. Bad wiring or defective electrical devices can cause electrical burns. Chemical burns may be the result of irresponsible use or storage of toxic substances. A number of defective or poorly-serviced products have been the cause of severe burn injuries, such as car-seat heaters, space heaters and home hot-water systems. Scalding due to overly hot water and beverages are also common.
The medical treatment, trauma, and lasting personal distress of a burn injury can be tremendously costly. If you believe that your burn is the result of someone else's negligence, the proper course of action is to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Zinda Law Group, is a Round Rock-area firm with years of experience in the personal injury field. One of our attorneys can review the facts of your case, such as the types of burns, the circumstances of the injury, and your expenses, in order to prepare a case to help you receive the extended care and compensation to which you are entitled.