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Should You Pursue a Burn Injury Lawsuit?

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Get the Compensation You Deserve in Your Burn Injury Case

Burn Injury If you suffered a burn because of someone else’s negligence, the burn injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law want to help. Give us a call at toll free at (800) 444-5000, locally at (713) 973-8888, chat with us, or fill out a free initial consultation form to find out what we can do for you.

Every year, around 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention in the U.S., with 50,000 burn victims being admitted to hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that in 2016, 3,390 people were killed and more than 14,650 were injured in fires, with total damage of over $10.6 billion.

  • Structure fires (commercial and residential) caused 2,950 deaths and 12,775 injuries.
  • Vehicle fires killed 280 people and injured 1,075.
  • Outdoor and “other” fires resulted in 85 deaths and 650 injuries.

Getting Help from a Skilled Houston Burn Injury Lawyer

Get the help you deserve. Contact one of our experienced burn injury attorneys in Houston, TX today at (800) 444-5000) or (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation. We offer a No Fee Guarantee.

The Legal Process in a Burn Injury Case

At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, making sure you understand every step of the legal process is important to us. When you call our Houston burn injury lawyers, you can expect your case to follow this pattern:

STEP 1: HIRE A BURN INJURY ATTORNEY

Our Houston burn injury lawyers have extensive knowledge of the procedure, evidence, and pertinent laws necessary to win your case. Just call Terry Bryant at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form and get help today.

STEP 2: DEMAND PACKAGE

After we have discussed your case and gathered evidence, your attorney will send a demand package, which includes the proposed worth of your claim, to the defendants. The demand package describes your accident, injuries, damages, and how your life has been affected.

STEP 3: NEGOTIATION

During this stage, your lawyer will negotiate the worth of your case with the defendants.

STEP 4: SETTLE OR PROCEED

If the defendants make an offer you are willing to accept, then your case will settle. If the defendants refuse to pay what we determine is reasonable, your attorney will file a lawsuit to pursue the damages we believe are owed to you.

STEP 5: FILE A BURN INJURY LAWSUIT

Should your case go to trial, your attorney will have to file a lawsuit in court against the defendants. Once the defendants receive notice of the lawsuit, they are obligated to respond in a formal court.

STEP 6: PREPARATION

Your lawyer will prepare your case for court by performing written discovery, which involves asking questions and requesting documents to gather facts about your case and taking depositions or sworn statements from witnesses before a court reporter. The defendants will also prepare for trial3

STEP 7: TRIAL

Once a trial date is set, you, your burn injury attorney, and the defendants will go before a judge and/or jury, and both sides will present their side of the case. After each side is heard, the judge and/or jury will render a decision, called a judgment.

If you have questions about your case throughout the legal process, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our burn injury attorneys in Houston and our support staff are here to help you. Call (800) 444-5000 toll free (713) 973-8888 locally, chat with us, or fill out a free initial consultation form today.

CAN MY MEDICAL BILLS RELATED TO MY BURN INJURY BE PAID FOR?

Yes. If you file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your burn injury, and he agrees to pay for your medical bills or is found legally responsible in a court of law, that party may be held accountable for the cost of your medical bills.

To learn more about your right to file a claim after suffering a burn injury, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or (713) 973-8888, via chat, or fill out a FREE initial consultation form. Our Houston burn injury attorneys will provide you with immediate help.

HOW IS A BURN INJURY CASE ANALYZED IN COURT?

Perhaps the most important factor is what caused the accident resulting in severe burns. If, for example, a person is hurt in a car accident, and the other driver was in violation of traffic laws at the time, they will be considered negligent. Running a red light, driving while intoxicated, making illegal turns, and speeding are common causes of vehicle accidents, and they can all leave a victim exposed to fire. At work, if an accident occurs due to the negligence of a co-worker or employer, the victim may be entitled to enough compensation to cover their medical costs. If, however, the accident was caused by pure chance and no one is clearly at fault, a hurt worker will usually only be entitled to workers’ compensation, providing the employer opted into the insurance coverage.

The severity of the accident will also have a major impact on the kind of burn injury settlement a victim may be able to secure
. Fire is capable of damaging tissue all the way to the bone, leaving the victim with intense, chronic pain, loss of limb mobility, numbness, secondary infections, and disfiguring scars. Long-term physical therapy and several cosmetic surgeries may be required to restore some quality of life to the victim, and this is expensive. The worse the accident, the more the victim may be able to recover, and if there are scars present in a visible place, such as the face, the settlement will need to be higher to offset the emotional and psychological damages.

Burn injury severity is placed on a scale from first degree to fourth degree. Accident severity will be a major point of emphasis for an attorney.

  • First-degree burn injuries only affect the outer layer of skin and are similar to sunburns.
  • Second-degree burn injuries are severe enough to require medical attention and involve multiple layers of tissue. Scalding liquids and brief exposure to fire are common causes of second-degree injuries.
  • Third-degree burn injuries are medical emergencies and extend through all layers of skin, damaging nerve tissue as well. Scarring is common, and amputation may be needed in some cases. Building fires, chemical fires, and electrical fires often result in third-degree injuries.
  • Fourth-degree burn injuries cause catastrophic damage to the body and are often fatal. Such damage extends through the dermis into bone, muscle, and fat tissue. As a result, amputation is usually required. High voltage electrical shocks and longer exposure to open flames can cause fourth-degree injuries.

Regardless of how severe an accident is, though, a victim can determine how to approach their claim with the help of a burn injury attorney. For immediate help, contact our team at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. Our skilled attorneys are ready to help you today. You can reach us locally at (713) 973-8888, toll free at 800-444-5000, via chat, or by using our online form.

Details about the Degrees of Burn Injury

Our Houston Burn Injury Lawyers Take the Severity of Your Burns into Account

Accident severity will be a major point of emphasis for a burn injury attorney, so the degree of burn injury is an important factor in a lawsuit.
Our Houston burn injury lawyers are knowledgeable about the causes of burns and your rights to compensation. There are varying degrees of burns, which are classified by depth (or the layers of skin damaged). The severity of your burn is determined by the extent of tissue damage. The Mayo Clinic provides information on the following degrees of burns:

FIRST DEGREE BURNS

First degree burns are typically minor and involve minimal tissue damage to the first (or outer) layer of the skin.

Symptoms:

  • pain
  • redness
  • swelling
  • white (or blanched) skin

Minor Burn Treatment:

  • run cool (not iced) water over the burn or soak
  • cover burn with sterile non-adhesive bandage or cloth
  • if necessary, over-the-counter pain medication may be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation

SECOND DEGREE BURNS

Second degree burns affect the outer layer of the skin as well as the second (or underlying) layer. If smaller than three inches in diameter, it may be treated as a minor burn. Larger burns may require emergency care.

Symptoms:

  • blistering
  • intense redness
  • severe pain
  • splotchy appearance
  • swelling

When Treating Don’t:

  • apply butter or ointments to a burn
  • break blisters
  • use ice to cool a burn

THIRD (AND FOURTH) DEGREE BURNS

Third and fourth degree burns affect all of the skin’s layers and are considered the most severe of all burns as fat, muscle, and bone may be affected. The healing process for these burns is slow and usually results in scarring as third degree burns destroy the skin’s structure.

Symptoms:

  • charring
  • stiff or waxy appearance
  • leathery or tan appearance
  • numbness (resulting from destroyed nerves)

If Involving Smoke:

  • difficulty inhaling and exhaling
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • other toxic affects

Seek Emergency Care:

  • Call 911 or emergency medical help immediately

In The Meantime:

  • don’t remove burned clothing
  • don’t immerse large or severe burns in cold water
  • check for breathing, coughing, and movement
  • elevate burned areas of the body
  • cover burned area with a cool, sterile bandage or cloth

Serious burn victims who survive their wounds invariably experience physical and psychological scars. They (and, by association, their families) are often saddled with devastating medical bills and lost wages, and the victims themselves deal daily with excruciating pain and suffering. When some negligent party or entity causes the burn injury — such as an apartment or rental house landlord failing to follow fire safety law, an employer not following workplace safety regulations, or a careless driver causing a catastrophic accident — victims are often able to seek financial compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other legal damages.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN BURNED?

How a burn is treated depends on the severity of your burn. Minor burns may be treated at home, but more serious burns may require emergency medical care. Generally:

Minor burns, such as first or some second degree burns, may be treated following these steps:

  • run cool (not iced) water over the burn or soak
  • cover burn with sterile non-adhesive bandage or cloth
  • if necessary, over-the-counter pain medication may be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation

Serious burns such as second, third, and fourth degree burns, need immediate medical attention. While waiting for help to arrive, you can follow these guidelines:

  • don’t remove burned clothing
  • don’t immerse large or severe burns in cold water
  • check for breathing, coughing, and movement
  • elevate burned areas of the body
  • cover burned area with a cool, sterile bandage or cloth

If you have questions about your right to file a lawsuit after suffering a burn injury, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Below are the most common causes of severe, negligence-based burn injuries.

Structure fires – According to the NFPA, one residential structure fire was reported every 90 seconds in 2016. And statistics point the finger at several reasons for apartment and residential fires. Two of the most prominent are faulty cooking and electrical equipment or wiring, and open-faced portable heaters.

Smoke alarms cut in half your chances of being seriously injured or dying in a fire, according to the NFPA. Houston and its surrounding communities have stringent smoke alarm requirements in all rental homes and apartments. If landlords do not obey the regulations and a fire occurs, they may be held liable for legal damages even if they had no hand in causing the fire themselves.

Car Accidents –Thanks to gasoline, other flammable fluids, and the high concentration of plastics and foam rubber in all vehicles, crashes are often the cause of catastrophic burn injuries. Fires and explosions can turn a serious car accident into a fatal one in the blink of an eye. If the accident was caused by a negligent, intoxicated, reckless, or distracted driver, victims can recover legal damages.

Chemical burns – Caustic chemical compounds such as industrial acids or other corrosive liquids can cause severe burns when they come into contact with the skin. Highly toxic chemicals can burn away soft tissue in seconds. With Houston having the largest concentration of petrochemical refineries in the U.S., hazardous chemical exposure is very common. And disastrous chemical fires can irrevocably sear lungs in workers all too quickly. Companies which do not safely manage their chemical plants, leading to an explosive chemical fire or widespread exposure event, can be sued for damages by injured workers and residents who live in proximity to the disaster.

Electrical burns – An electric shock or uncontrolled short circuit can cause electrical burns, resulting in extreme internal damage such as cardiac arrest or damage to other vital organs which may not be apparent at the time of the injury. Though many electrical burns are obvious at the point of contact, that is not always the case.

Scalding – Hot liquids can cause scalding burns when they come in contact with the skin. Scalding is frequently the cause of burns experienced by children younger than five, but they can also occur in restaurant kitchens or near steam release valves.

Consequences of and Complications from Burn Injuries

Burns can seriously harm the skin, underlying muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bone. Additional consequences of severe burns include:

  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Serious emotional and psychological damage
  • Infection during treatment
  • Respiratory distress in patients with severe burns, which is often fatal.

Serious burns can overwhelm not only the victim but also their family. Rare is the time that the victim’s life isn’t profoundly changed after a catastrophic burn injury. The possible loss of a limb, disfigurement, permanent scarring, and/or recurring infections can truly devastate the victim and their loved ones. Depression, nightmares, and avoiding social interaction often follow, and rehabilitation for the physical damage caused by a burn is long and painful.

How Is A Burn Injury Case Analyzed In Court?

Perhaps the most important factor is what caused the accident. If, for example, a person is hurt in a vehicle accident, and the other driver was in violation of traffic laws at the time, they will be considered negligent. Running a red light, driving while intoxicated, making illegal turns, and speeding are common causes of vehicle accidents, and they can all leave a victim exposed to fire. At work, if an accident occurs due to the negligence of a co-worker or employer, the victim may be entitled to enough compensation to cover their medical costs. If, however, the accident was caused by pure chance and no one is clearly at fault, a hurt worker will usually only be entitled to workers’ compensation, providing the employer opted into the insurance coverage.

The severity of the accident will also have a major impact on the kind of settlement a victim may be able to secure. Fire is capable of damaging tissue all the way to the bone, leaving the victim with intense, chronic pain, loss of limb mobility, numbness, secondary infections, and disfiguring scars. Long-term physical therapy and several cosmetic surgeries may be required to restore some quality of life to the victim, and this is expensive. The worse the accident, the more the victim may be able to recover, and if there are scars present in a visible place, such as the face, the settlement will need to be higher to offset the emotional and psychological damages.

Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas

The Terry Bryant Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured burn victims. Let our experience and knowledge of the law work to help get you the compensation you’re owed for your injuries. A burn injury lawyer works to build a strong claim on your behalf, so you can focus on recovering. Contact Terry Bryant today and get the legal help you deserve. Call (713) 973-8888 or toll-free (800) 444-5000, or fill out our online contact form, for your free consultation today.

WHERE CAN I FIND BURN VICTIM RESOURCES?

There are a number of local and national burn injury resources, which offer support and education for victims and their families. These are just a few helpful links:

If you have questions about your right to file a lawsuit after suffering a burn injury, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

DO I HAVE A BURN INJURY CASE?

If someone else’s negligence led to your burn injury, he or she may be responsible for the injuries you sustained. One of our Houston burn injury lawyers will have to review the evidence surrounding your case before we can determine if you are eligible to seek damages.

To learn more about your right to file a claim after suffering a burn injury, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law toll free at (800) 444-5000, locally at (713) 973-8888, chat with us, or fill out a free initial consultation form. Our team has a No Fee Guarantee.

Types of Wounds in a Fire Accident that Call for Help from a Burn Injury Lawyer

There are many different types of burn wounds and causes that would require one to seek a burn injury lawyer. An open fire that is not protected can certainly cause a painful wound, and hot liquids from a spilled cup of coffee, steam or running water can also cause damage to delicate skin, especially if it causes the fabric of clothing to adhere to the skin and make the damage worse. Lastly, chemicals of many different kinds can cause lasting wounds. Chemical wounds can be two-fold in the fact that they can cause wounds to the skin when they make contact, or the fumes can cause damage to the lungs and airways when they are inhaled. The cause of the damage will be considered when one contacts a burn injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of a claim.

According to the 2011 report of the American Burn Association National Burn Repository, the most common location that that these types of wounds occur are within a person’s home more often than public places. Children are also more prone to complications with their health that come from accidental wounds from chemical inhalation. Unfortunately, sometimes these things are not accidental, and that is when people seek an attorney to assist them in their recovery attempts for the damages.

Serious Burns from a Fire Can Result in a Burn Injury Lawsuit

These types of injuries can be serious and painful, and often times take a long time for the wounded party to heal. They can also have life changing consequences. Some people may also be physically incapable of maintaining the job that they had before the accident. The long term results of scarring can make some people self-conscious and afraid to enter social situations they once loved. Therefore it can interfere with the quality of many people’s lives. People may also be wounded in this manner as a result of employer negligence.

This type of scenario would behoove the wounded employee to contact a burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. Thousands of people who are innocent are killed or wounded by fires, chemicals, and electrical malfunctions while on the job each year. It definitely makes sense to seek the right type of legal attorney who can make sure one gets their due compensation for their wounds and the pain they suffered through the lengthy healing process.

Get immediate help from the team at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today. You can reach us at (800) 444-5000 or (713) 973-8888, via chat or by using our online form.

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