Catastrophic Personal Injury Burn Injuries
While fire is most often the cause of burn injuries, chemicals, hot liquids, high voltage electricity, and even steam can be responsible for serious burns. A serious burn injury victim is often left with devastating pain, permanent disability, burn scarring, disfigurement, and significant medical expenses.
It is estimated 2.4 million burn injuries are reported in the United States every year. Burns are extremely painful and can lead to a lifetime of serious health challenges. Many burns are the result of poorly operated properties or defective products. Negligence can cause some victims to spend weeks or months in a rehabilitation center, and/or undergo reconstructive surgery to rebuild the damaged area.
There are three different types of burns:
- First-degree burn injuries: The skin’s outer layer is damaged. A common symptom is red, non-blistering skin.
- Second-degree burn injuries: The skin’s first two layers are damaged, including the outer layer as well as the layer underneath. Symptoms include blisters and thickening of the skin.
- Third-degree burn injuries: Damage is sustained to the tissue underneath along with the deepest layer of the skin. Widespread thickness with a leathery appearance.
There are also lesser-known fourth degree burns that go beyond the skin’s tissue and damage the nerves, muscles, and even the bones beneath.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns may result from a number of unfortunate circumstances that include but are not limited to:
- Property fires
- Vehicle fires
- Workplace accidents
- Faulty appliances
- Contact with scalding hot liquids
- Contact with chemicals
What You Need for a Burn Injury Suit
Victims of burn injuries can file a lawsuit to recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering, as burns are extremely painful
- Cosmetic surgery to repair the damage
- Rehabilitative care, including physical therapy
- Mental health services
- Long-term care
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages, should the guilty be found to have acted in a grossly negligent or malevolent manner
Houston Burn Injuries
In the state of Texas, you have two years from the date of the burn injury to file a claim against the guilty party or parties, and varies in different states. It is critical to document the impact these injuries have had via photos, videos, and other items that show the injuries and the challenges faced in order to present the case effectively. Contact the dedicated lawyers at Craft Law Firm today if you have questions about a potential burn injury lawsuit.