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Each year, more than 1 million burn injuries receive medical attention in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those injuries, roughly 50,000 require hospitalization, and 4,500 prove to be fatal. Although many burn injuries heal quickly and require minimal attention, severe burns may result in painful, permanent harm.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston burn injury lawyers provide skilled, dedicated representation for injured parties throughout Texas. If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s mistake or negligence, call our office at (713) 999-3681 to discuss your legal options.
Types of Burn Injuries
Depending on the type of burn you receive and the severity of the injury, burns can result in nerve damage, physical disfigurement, and even amputation. There are plenty of different ways burn injuries can occur, but the classification of burn injuries depends largely on what actually did the burning.
There are several different types of burn injuries, including:
- Thermal burn – Thermal burns occur when the skin comes in contact with a heat source. Thermal burns may be caused by a person’s skin coming into contact with any external heat source, including scalding liquids, flames, steam, or hot metals.
- Chemical burn – Chemical burns, also referred to as caustic burns, occur when a person comes into contact with a harmful or toxic substance. Chemical burns can cause damage to the skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, or internal organs.
- Electrical burn – An electrical burn occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical current or source of electricity, such as a live wire.
- Friction burn – Friction burns are caused when a person’s body comes into contact with a hard surface, causing the skin to be removed. Common causes of friction burns are motorcycle and car accidents.
- Radiation burn – A radiation burn occurs when a person has prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or other sources of radiation, including cancer treatments and nuclear power plant explosions.
Injuries from burns can be relatively mild to life-threatening. If you have a burn injury, it is critical to seek medical treatment immediately. In severe cases, burn injuries may result in disfigurement and permanent, irreparable damage.
Contact our Houston burn injury lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help determine if you are entitled to compensation from another person or entity.
How Common Are Burn Injuries?
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 486,000 people in the United States are hospitalized or treated in emergency room departments for burn-related injuries each year.
Burns resulting in medical treatment are most often the result of:
- Flame or fire (43%)
- Scalding (34%)
- Contact (9%)
- Electrical (4%)
- Chemical (3%)
- Other (7%)
Tragically, young children are more likely than adults to suffer burn injuries. A burn can cause scarring, damage to internal organs, and more. Many people who experience burns from fire and explosion accidents, require years of painful medical treatments including skin grafts, physical therapy, and repairative surgery.
Who Is Liable for a Burn Injury?
Determining liability for a burn accident can be difficult without the help of an experienced Houston burn injury lawyer.
A liable party for a burn injury may include but is not limited to:
- The driver responsible for a car or truck accident;
- An employer in a workplace accident;
- A negligent landowner or property owner;
- The manufacturer of a dangerous or defective product;
- The owner of a pipeline, oil rig, or chemical plant; or
- Any other party whose negligence or wrongdoing resulted in your injuries.
A lawyer can help investigate the cause of the fire or explosion to help determine who should be held responsible. In the initial aftermath of a fire or other accident it can be extremely difficult to sort out what the was the initial catalyst. It is imperative to allow a law firm to review the information from the fire department or first responders and to subpoena all necessary evidence to see if you have a valid cause of action.
Medical Care Following a Burn Injury
Burn injuries can range in severity. A first degree burn, also known as a superficial burn, only affects the outer layer of skin (epidermis). First degree burns can still cause pain and scarring and should be looked at by a medical professional.
A second degree burn penetrates below the first layer of skin, causing injury to the lower layer (dermis). Second degree burns may require an extensive recovery period and can result in swelling, blisters, and a loss of sensation to the affected area.
Third and fourth degree burns are extremely serious, extending through all of the layers of skin, damaging underlying tissue and muscles or burn in the case of a fourth degree burn. These kinds of burns can be catastrophic and may cause a person to go into shock. Without treatment, a third or fourth degree burn may also cause severe infection.
It is always in your best interest to seek treatment immediately for any burn-related injuries. You may be unable to tell the extent of your injuries without the help of a medical professional.
Our Team Can Help
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our nationally recognized Houston trial lawyers have what it takes to ensure your voice is heard both in and out of court. Dealing with a burn injury, especially one caused by someone else’s mistake, can be extremely challenging, and we want to help hold the negligent party responsible for the damage they caused.
Our firm has a long record of success, and we’ve secured favorable results for many of our clients, no matter how complex the case. Attorney and founding partner Tommy Fibich is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law, and attorneys Russell Briggs and Jay Henderson are board certified in personal injury trial law. We are honored to be among 10% of Texas board-certified specialists in our field.
Contact Our Houston Burn Injury Lawyers Today
If you have a case, our compassionate, zealous attorneys want to hear from you. We handle even the most complicated burn injury cases, and will work tirelessly to secure you the compensation you are entitled to based on your injuries. As trial lawyers with over a century of legal experience, we know what it takes to win and will not rest until you receive the best possible outcome.
Call our office at (713) 999-3681 to get speak with one of our Houston burn injury lawyers. Put your trust in a firm that has recovered over $1 billion for their clients. There are never any fees unless we win. Contact us today to book your free case evaluation.
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