Industrial Fire Injury Lawyers in Texas

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An industrial accident is an accident that occurs in a workplace, causing personal injury to one or more employees. Industrial accidents may be caused by equipment rollovers, defective gear, fires, or more. Burn injuries caused by industrial fire accidents can be quite severe, leading to trauma, expensive medical bills, or even death.

If you have been involved in an accident and subsequently suffered burn injuries, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Zinda Law Group attorneys have the knowledge and ability necessary to investigate your case, determine who was at fault, and negotiate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer today for your 100% free consultation.

harris county industrial fire

Industrial fires can be extremely dangerous, leading to serious injury, or even death. One example includes the fire at an east Harris County industrial facility, K-Solv, on April 7, 2021. The fire sent large plumes of black smoke into the air, forcing a shelter-in-place order for two nearby neighborhoods, Lakeside Park Estates and Lakeview Homes.

According to K-Solv, the fire began during a drum transfer operation. This is the process of transferring a certain product from a drum into a smaller container. Although K-Solv proceeded to post a tweet to report that all employees were, fortunately, accounted for, one employee was taken to the hospital due to a respiratory irritation.

The fire at K-Solv occurred approximately 2 miles away from the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park petrochemical facility fire that burned for several days in 2019. The ITC fire was found to have been caused by a failure within the manifold power frame of a tank. The fire, which started on Sunday, March 17, 2019, blazed on for days, with investigators unable to step into the “hot zone” until April 9, 2019.

Due to the magnitude of the ITC fire, Harris County made significant investments and changed policies on how to respond to these types of incidents. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated that, during the ITC fire, the county “scrambled” to bring contractors in to monitor the air quality. Judge Hidalgo went on to explain that the county had since been prepared in case of another industrial fire incident.

The air quality in Harris County has been monitored and there has not been any reports of elevated levels of contamination that would be a concern to the health of the residents. Although K-Solv believes all runoff has been contained, the water will also be tested.

Unfortunately, even if a company takes all proper precautions, industrial accidents may still occur. These accidents may cause severe burns, resulting in painful and traumatizing injuries to the victims. Zinda Law Group burn injury lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with burn injuries and industrial accidents. Contact us today to discuss your unique case.

degrees of burn injuries

Burns are typically grouped into four different categories based on how deeply the skin has been harmed. These categories are referred to as “degrees.” Some of the more minor degrees of burns may be treated at home, while more serious burns may cause long lasting damage to your skin, muscles, and bones. In serious instances, you may require long-term medical care. The four different degrees of burns are described in more detail, below:

First-Degree Burns

The least severe type of burn is a first-degree burn. These kinds of burns only affect the outer layer of your skin. Your skin may be red and painful, but there should not be any blisters. Long term damage with first-degree burns is rare. One example of these type of burns includes a sunburn. 

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns cause damage to both the outer layer of skin and the layer of skin underneath, which is referred to as the “dermis.” Your skin will be bright red, swollen, and may look shiny or wet. There will likely be blisters, and the burn will hurt to the touch. There are two different kinds of second-degree burns:

  • Superficial, Second-Degree Burns: If you have suffered from a superficial, second-degree burn, only part of your dermis has been damaged. There will likely not be scarring.
  • Deep, Partial-Thickness Burns: A deep, partial-thickness burn is more serious than a superficial, second-degree burn. This kind of burn may leave scarring or may cause a permanent change in the color of your skin.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are also referred to as “full-thickness” burns. This kind of burn destroys two full layers of your skin. Further, your skin may appear black, brown, white, or yellow. Third-degree burns may not hurt, as the severity of the burn will damage your nerve endings. 

Fourth-Degree Burns

Fourth-degree burns are the deepest and most severe kind of burn. These burns are potentially life-threatening and can destroy all layers of your skin, bones, muscles, and tendons. Sometimes, a lower degree burn will continue to spread and may ultimately result in a fourth-degree burn.

If you have been burned and suspect the burn is a second-degree burn or worse, it is important to follow up with a medical professional. Burns may lead to serious complications, including infection and bone and joint issues. After seeking medical attention, contact an experienced burn injury lawyer to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including your medical bills and related costs.

what compensation may i be entitled to?

If you have been involved in an industrial accident and suffered injury, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation you may receive is dependent upon many factors, such as the severity of your injuries, your medical costs, and whether or not you will need future medical care. There are three main kinds of compensation, or “damages,” that you may be eligible to receive:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are also referred to as “specific” damages. These kinds of damages are designed to compensate the victim for their actual, measurable losses. Economic damages may be calculated by adding up the victim’s out-of-pocket expenses, such as hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, property damage receipts, and other related bills or costs. Examples of economic damages include, but are not limited to:

  • Lost earnings
  • Lost business opportunities
  • Future medical care
  • Damage to your property
  • Household services

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are also known as “general” damages. Non-economic damages are less concrete when compared to economic damages and are not as easily determined by adding up bills and receipts. Further, non-economic damages are generally subjective and evaluated by the jury. Examples of non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of activities
  • Loss of consortium
  • Damage to your reputation

Punitive Damages

The last kind of damages are referred to as “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are relatively uncommon and should not be expected in every case. These damages are typically only given in cases of willful misconduct and are meant to punish the wrongdoer, not to compensate the victim for their out-of-pocket losses or emotional distress. Punitive damages are typically awarded at the court’s discretion.

If you have suffered injury due to an industrial accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you find yourself asking: “Is there a lawyer near me?” you should contact our team today. We have offices across the state of Texas and are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have the experience and ability necessary to help investigate your case, fight on your behalf, and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Recovering from injuries sustained in a fire at your industrial workplace and pursuing compensation for those injuries should not be made more difficult with you being forced to handle all of the steps in filing a personal injury claim by yourself. Our team is here for you and your family during this difficult time.

contact one of our knowledgeable and experienced zinda law group attorneys today to discuss your unique case

If you have suffered burn injuries as a result of an industrial accident, we may be able to help. Our experienced fire injury lawyers work hard to protect the rights of each one of our clients. We fight aggressively on behalf of our clients to seek the highest amount of compensation available. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve justice by holding the responsible party accountable for your injuries.

At Zinda Law Group, we believe that accident victims should not have to worry about being able to afford top quality legal representation on top of medical bills and related costs. That is why our clients do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning their fire injury case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

Contact a Zinda Law Group accident lawyer today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys are here to help walk you through each step of the legal process and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss any questions you may have regarding your burn injury case.  

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