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Houston Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries are among the most catastrophic injuries people can suffer. In addition to the initial excruciating pain involved in experiencing a burn injury, many victims continue to deal with pain and suffering as they struggle to recover. Severe burn injuries can lead to lifelong complications. They may require multiple skin grafts, surgeries involving the transplant of tissue, and they may lead to serious infections.

Did you or a loved one suffer serious burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in the greater Houston area? If so, you should immediately seek qualified legal advice from an experienced Houston burn injury attorney.

The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian makes pursuing compensation as simple as possible for you. We have a fully bilingual staff willing to visit you in your home or hospital room if you cannot come to our law office. You can set up your own free consultation as soon as you call (713) 842-9492 or contact us online.

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Common Causes of Burn Injury

Many burn injuries are the result of fires, and the causes of those fires can vary. Fires in homes and workplaces can be complex cases, but burns can also result from a variety of other accidents.

Some of the possible accidents that carry burn injury risks include, but are not limited to:

●      Car Accidents

●      Truck Accidents

●      Motorcycle Accidents

●      Refinery Accidents

●      Construction Accidents

●      Defective Products

●      Defective Equipment

●      Fires on Dangerous Properties

●      Explosions

●      Chemical Burns

●      Electrical Burns

No matter what the circumstances surrounding your burn injury, if you believe negligence was to blame, you should learn about your legal right to compensation.

Types and Degrees of Burns

An injury caused by fire, hot liquid, hot objects, or steam is called a thermal burn. According to the Cleveland Clinic, thermal burns are the most common kinds of burns.

Other serious burn injuries include chemical burns, which occur when either strong acids or strong bases come in contact with the skin. Electrical burns stem from contact with electricity.

Burn injuries are divided by degrees, with the three most common being:

●      First-Degree Burns — A burn of only the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, that causes mild pain. Sunburn is the most common example of a first-degree burn, which usually heals in days.

●      Second-Degree Burns — Damage to both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer of skin below the epidermis, often caused by contact with hot liquids. Second-degree burns can cause blisters with possible scarring, and skin grafting may be required in some cases. Recovery usually takes several weeks.

●      Third-Degree Burns — Damage extending into the sweat glands and underlying tissues, causing the skin to take a dry and leathery appearance. Skin grafting is always required for third-degree burns, and some injuries can also involve surgery.

There are three other degrees of burn injuries, but they are far less common. Burn injuries are usually fatal if they are fourth-degree burns that extend into the fat, fifth-degree burns that extend into the muscle, or sixth-degree burns that extend into the bone.

Treatment for Burn Injuries

When a person has suffered a burn injury, remove any smoldering material and any hot, burned, or restrictive clothing. Place the burned skin under cool running water and cover it with a non-adhesive bandage or cloth. Seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrocolloid dressing, a transparent or nearly transparent dressing for wounds, is commonly used for moderate burn injuries. Hydrogel dressings may be used for injuries involving blistering. Third-degree burns will likely involve extensive debriding (the removal of damaged tissue from a wound), skin grafting, and possibly physical therapy.

Medical treatment should always be sought for second-degree burns and first-degree burns, as delays will usually worsen symptoms. Wound dressings will also be common in the treatment of higher degree burns.

Burn injury victims can require several years of therapy to deal with the consequences of their injuries, some of which can be dramatic enough to alter a person’s physical appearance. It can be particularly difficult for people to overcome burn injuries that cause disfigurement to their faces. 

Compensation in a Burn Injury Claim

When a person suffers burn injuries, an insurance company for the negligent party may try to quickly offer the victim a lump-sum settlement to resolve the case. You have every right to be skeptical of this offer because it is likely to be far less than you are entitled to receive.

An attorney will work to negotiate a full and fair settlement to your case that provides for all of your past, present, and future needs. If the insurance company does not make an acceptable offer, then the lawyer may file a lawsuit to take your case to trial.

Compensation that our firm may be able to pursue for burn injury victims includes:

●      Medical expenses (current and future)

●      Lost income (wage loss and possibly future earnings if disabled)

●      Property damage such as the damage to a wrecked vehicle

●      Medical devices and possibly a home renovation to accommodate disabilities

●      Pain and suffering

●      Scarring and disfigurement

●      Loss of consortium

●      Post-traumatic stress and mental anguish

Punitive damages (also known as vindictive damages or exemplary damages) are also possible in Texas, but they are extremely rare. Punitive damages can only be awarded when a plaintiff proves by clear and convincing evidence that the harm in their injury claim resulted from fraud, malice, or gross negligence. 

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Call a Houston Burn Injury Lawyer Today

If you or your loved one suffered catastrophic burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Houston, you deserve justice. Do not wait to contact the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian.

Our firm is available by phone or live chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (713) 842-9492 or contact us online to take advantage of a free confidential consultation.

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