Texas Burn Injury Lawyers
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Burn injuries can be so severe they cause permanent damage or scarring, depending on the degree and type of the burn. Unfortunately, burns are all too common of an injury; it’s really no wonder, given the wide range of common causes: from car accidents, fires, electrocution, and spilled chemicals, to simple sunburns. Burn victims can experience significant levels of pain from a burn, and severe burns may take weeks or even months to heal.
Recovering from burn injuries can be difficult for victims, as they are expected deal with the pain as well as any physical limitations, sometimes temporary, other times permanent. If you or a loved one have suffered burn injuries in Texas, you should contact the experienced Texas burn injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group by calling (800) 863-5312 as soon as possible. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
texas Burn injury statistics
According to the American Burn Association, about 486,000 fire or other burn-related injuries were treated in emergency departments across the United States. Almost one-quarter of all reported burn injuries occurred in children under the age of 15. The primary causes of these burn injuries were listed as:
- Contact with hot objects
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
Fortunately, about 96.7 percent of those treated in burn centers survive their injuries. However, many of these burn injury survivors will continue to suffer the life-changing effects of burns, including:
- Temporary or permanent physical disabilities
- Significant scarring, including in ways that may inhibit mobility
- Difficulties adjusting to changes required by the ongoing effects of their burn injuries
- Serious financial difficulties, often caused by medical expenses and lost income from time away from work
Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, Texas suffered 1.9 deaths and 7.4 injuries per 1,000 fires overall in 2018. The state suffered 5.8 deaths and 25.4 injuries per 1,000 residential structure fires. Finally, there were 107 home fire fatalities reported in Texas in 2020.
common causes of burn injuries
Victims can suffer burn injuries from a variety of sources that may not even always involve a flame. This wide range of potential causes for suffering burns include:
Car accidents can cause burns as a result of friction, explosions, smoke inhalation, or extreme heat exposure.
Most burn injuries occur at home, and these injuries may result from faulty wiring in the home, a space heater that catches fire, candles left burning, or other causes. In some cases, the landlord or the property owner may be responsible for any injuries suffered in a building fire, if their negligence caused the accident.
A victim may suffer inhalation injuries after breathing in fumes caused by chemicals or smoke while in an enclosed area. Inhalation injuries may result in:
- Difficulty breathing
- Damage to the victim’s eyes
- Swelling in nasal passages or airways
- Lung damage
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
From 2005-2014, the workplace was the second most common place for a burn injury to occur, after the victim’s home. These injuries may be caused by a variety of hazards in the workplace, such as:
- Flash burns
- Dangerous chemicals
- Hot liquids or oils
- Heated mechanisms
- Thermal contact burns
- Tools that have not been properly insulated
Electrical injuries can be caused by high-voltage injury or low-voltage injury, in most cases, from lightning, stun guns, electrical wires, or light fixtures. The four main types of electrical injuries include:
- Lightning injuries, involving very short but high-voltage electrical energy
- Flame injuries, involving an arc flash igniting the victim’s clothing
- Flash injuries, caused by an arc flash but generally associated with superficial burns
- True injuries, involving the victim becoming part of an electrical circuit
Approximately 5 percent of admissions to burn units across the country occur because of electrical injuries.
While explosions are not common in Texas, they can happen, especially given that Texas continues to be an oil industry hub. Explosions may happen in industrial settings such as an oil refinery, as well as from vehicle or motorized equipment crashes, workplace accidents, and other causes.
Chemical burns are generally caused by acidic products such as drain cleaners or other hazardous chemicals that your skin comes into contact with. The exposure of skin to chemicals or fumes may result in the tissue’s destruction, with the severity of the injury typically depending upon the quantity and length of exposure to the harmful chemicals or fumes.
Defective products, such as appliances like toasters or refrigerators, as well as space heaters, vehicles, heavy machinery, work equipment, or other products may cause burn injuries; this may be as a result of faulty wiring, exposed wiring, or other defects.
what are the degrees of burns?
Burn injuries range from relatively minor to severe. Burns are classified by degrees, including these four:
First-degree burns typically refer to minor burns which include most sunburns and may also be caused by touching a hot pan or other object. First-degree burns generally only affect the outer layer of the victim’s skin and may be marked by redness, mild swelling, and painfulness to touch.
Second-degree burns often refer to injuries where some of the skin may have been burned away, such as by having boiling water poured on you or by coming into extended contact with a flame. Second-degree burns will often take weeks to heal. Signs of second-degree burns may include blisters, a glossy appearance caused by leaking fluid, possible loss of some skin, pain, or a deep reddening of the skin.
Third-degree burns occur when skin is pierced by the burn. Adding to the danger, third-degree burns may destroy nerves in the area, making you feel no pain, which in turn could delay your response time. Third-degree burns may cause your skin to look white or leathery due to the burn because new skin will not grow in the affected area.
Fourth-degree burns, known as full-thickness burns, are the most serious and are often fatal. Fourth-degree burns mean the burn has pierced through the skin, damaged or destroyed muscle and bone, and the harm has potentially reached organs.
how burn injuries are treated
Depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries, a burn victim may need immediate medical attention after suffering a burn. While minor burns can usually be treated with bandages and pain-relieving medications, this will usually not be enough for more severe burns. In some cases, failing to seek medical attention as soon as possible may result in worsened scarring, permanent nerve damage, or other worsening of injuries. For these more severe, extensive burns, medical treatment may include:
- Skin grafts
- Massage or antihistamines
- Amputation for extreme burns
- Antibiotics or other treatment to prevent or fight infection
- Intravenous fluids to treat fluid leakage
How much may my case be worth?
Burn victims often suffer both short-term and long-term effects caused by their burns. Painful treatment must be endured initially by burn victims to treat their injuries. Meanwhile, many victims must also live with permanent scarring or disfigurement, especially when amputation is necessary.
Further, most treatments for burns, including reconstructive burn surgeries or skin grafts, are expensive and may leave a burn victim saddled with significant financial expenses even while the victim may be unable to work while recovering from his or her injuries. Fortunately, hiring a skilled burn injury lawyer may help you pursue compensation for the burn injuries you have suffered. You may be entitled to economic or non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income and wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
how the burn attorneys at zinda law group can help
By contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer near you from Zinda Law Group, you can schedule a free consultation to better understand your legal options after suffering a burn injury. After discussing which legal strategies are available to you, your attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who may be responsible for your injuries, such as the:
- Manufacturer of a defective product
- Employer who failed to maintain a safe workplace
- Landlord who failed to repair defective electrical wiring
Unfortunately, insurance companies often have teams of lawyers of their own to protect the insurer from lawsuits and claims such as yours; they help the insurer avoid paying any compensation to accident victims. The burn injury lawyers from Zinda Law Group can help level this playing field by standing up to the insurer and supporting your claim with evidence gathered during their thorough investigation.
Preparing your case skillfully, our team can let you focus on recovering from your burns and any other injuries you suffered in the accident. Our attorneys have experience in handling a variety of personal injury cases and can use that experience to benefit you. Their understanding of the legal complexities of Texas personal injury laws and how to pursue a burn injury lawsuit in Texas is one of many benefits of hiring one of our Texas burn injury lawyers.
CONTACT A Texas Burn injury lawyer TODAY
Burn injuries can be serious and disrupt your life as you are suddenly faced with the ongoing pain while your burns heal. Making matters worse, depending on the severity of your burns, you may be facing expensive medical bills while receiving less income as your burns cause you to miss time from work. Fortunately, you may be able to address the financial difficulties caused by your injuries by contacting a skilled personal injury attorney near you who has experience in helping other burn victims pursue the maximum compensation they were entitled to.
If you or your loved one has suffered burn injuries in an accident, you should contact one of the burn attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Your attorney will use their skill and experience to handle your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
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