Burn injuries are some of the most life-altering and traumatic injuries you can sustain after a horrific accident. More than the painful side effects of burns are the lasting psychological and emotional side effects with the understanding that your skin has been permanently scarred due to the negligence of anther.
Burn injuries require the treatment of a specialist doctor as well as the consultation of an experienced Texas burn injury lawyer who can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), each year 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. Out of this number, 50,000 burn injuries require hospitalization and 20,000 are major burn injuries which involve more than 25 percent of the body’s surface. Many of these burns are caused by the negligence of a person other than the victim. As a grim reminder of how devastating burn injuries are, CDCP research states that up to 10,000 people die each year of burn-related injuries and infections.
Many of these burn injuries are the result of another’s negligence, in which case you must seek compensation for your injuries and medical expenses and ensure that you receive justice for your lifelong injuries. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury, do not hesitate to contact an experienced burn injury attorney and learn what rights you may have.
Burn Injury Causes
Burn injuries caused by the negligence of others can depend on several different factors. If you received burn injuries due to a fire, the owner of the property could be at fault for their negligence in fire prevention (such as inadequate smoke detectors), lack of an escape route, blocked escape route, or their negligence in allowing the fire to start. Fires are often caused by the negligence of others, such as an electric heater being left on, a stove being left on, or similar scenarios.
Burn injuries are also frequently the result of a devastating accident. Horrific fires are often the result of devastating car accidents, which is why it is so important for emergency vehicles to get to victims immediately to ensure they are not trapped in their cars. Burn injuries caused by car accidents are often due to the negligence of the other driver.
Finally, burn injuries can be caused by a negligent baby-sitter who either left an infant in the sun for too long (resulting in first-degree burns) or did not adequately supervise children in their care.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns can range in their severity which can impact healing time as well, making the process more painful and time consuming.
- First Degree Burns: First-Degree Burns affect the top layer of skin and typically heal without further treatment unless the victim is a baby or an elderly person. First degree burns include sunburns. If your baby was negligently left in the sun and subjected to a full-body sunburn, you must seek compensation for your child’s injuries. At such an early stage in life, these injuries can be life threatening.
- Second Degree Burns: Second-Degree Burns involve the first two layers of skin and can lead to a possible loss of skin. This injury does require medical treatment after initial first aid.
- Third Degree Burns: Third-Degree Burns are the most serious burns and penetrate the entire thickness of the skin and permanently destroys tissue. After sustaining a third degree burn, the victim must immediately be given emergency medical treatment. Burns can become deadly when too much of the skin is exposed and the burns involve sensitive areas of the body. It is therefore important to ensure the victim is given medical attention right after the injury occurs.
Burn Injury Settlements
If you, or a loved one, have been the victim of a severe burn injury, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should not have to suffer through life paying for the negligence of another person. The compensation you receive includes calculations for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of consortium. While burn injury settlements will never replace what you have lost, they are a way to move forward and demand justice from the person who negligently caused your injuries.
Contact a Dallas, Austin & Fort Worth, Texas Burn Injury Attorney
At Bobbitt Law Firm, our attorneys understand the pain and hardship you have had to undergo as a result of your burn injuries. Our experienced burn injury lawyers will work tirelessly with you to understand your specific case and develop a strategy to ensure you receive the amount of damages you deserve.
Do not hesitate to contact our law offices today for your free initial consultation. At this consultation we will go over your case and your options to ensure you receive the best settlement. We understand the pain you have undergone and are currently having to face each day as a result of your injuries and will work tirelessly to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our experienced attorneys have a proven success rate in achieving favorable settlements for our clients.
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