Whether they result from a fire, electrocution, or another type of accident, a burn injury can leave its victim with life-altering, sometimes catastrophic injuries.
In some cases, a burn injury results from the negligent actions of another party, such as an employer, a property owner, a landlord, or even someone on the road who causes an accident. Regardless of how it happened, a burn injury can leave you with significant damage. And if it resulted from the negligence of another party, you may be able to recover compensation.
What Are Some Common Types of Burn Injuries?
Common types of burn injuries can run the gamut, and they include chemical burns, electrical burns or electrocutions, thermal burns that are caused by scalding, flame burns that are caused by direct exposure to a flame, friction burns, and radiation burns. Generally, burn injuries are classified by their severity and seriousness:
- First-degree burns are the least serious, typically affecting only the outside layer of skin and causing no long-term damage
- Second-degree burns extend into the deeper layer of skin and may cause blisters and swelling in addition to redness and pain. In more serious cases, they can cause permanent scarring
- Third-degree burns destroy the outer layer of skin — also called the epidermis — and the entire layer beneath, called the dermis.
- Fourth-degree burns are the most serious. They completely destroy the skin and cause damage to the muscles, bones, tendons, and nerves. They often cause life-altering injuries, and in the most extreme cases may even cause death.
A burn injury can result in lasting medical issues and related repercussions. After all, the skin is our largest organ, and while it is generally very resilient, a burn injury can cause damage or even death to skin cells and tissue. Depending on the severity of the burn, you may need to treat various issues involving not only the skin but also bones, nerves, muscles, and tissue. Some severe cases require surgery and skin grafts.
In addition to the medical treatment you may require after a burn injury, your life may be affected in various other ways. You may be unable to return to work while you heal, and in some cases may permanently be unable to work at all.
Serious burns often leave their victims with permanent scarring or disfigurement. Long-term, chronic pain is common, as are mental anguish, emotional distress, and post-traumatic stress resulting from the burn. In many cases, quality of life can be greatly impacted after a burn injury, not only for the victim but also for their loved ones.
What Causes Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries can be caused by many different types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Work injuries
- Construction accidents
- Injuries on the property of another person or business
- Chemical incidents
- Recreational accidents
- Defective or dangerous conditions
- Defective products
How Can You Recover Compensation for Your Burn Injuries?
In order to recover compensation for your burn injuries, you will likely need to bring a claim for negligence. That means you will need to prove both liability and damages: that your burn injuries resulted from the negligent actions of someone else, and that you have suffered injuries and financial losses as a result.
For example, if your burn injury was caused by defective wiring in your apartment building, you will need to prove that your landlord or property management company acted negligently in failing to fix the wiring at issue. Or, if your burn resulted from a trucking accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you will need to prove that the driver should be held liable for your injuries.
Establishing liability in a Fort Worth burn injury claim can be difficult and arduous. It requires proof of breach of a duty of reasonable care—meaning, that the party who is responsible for your injuries failed to act in accordance with their duty to you. In addition, you will likely be dealing with insurance companies as you go through the process of fighting your negligence claim.
Negotiating with insurance companies — who have significant resources on their side — can be daunting and difficult, especially if you are trying to go it alone. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can be the key to making sure you have the legal advice and representation you need to negotiate with the insurance companies toward a favorable resolution—and, if necessary, to put together a strong case in court.
There are various types of damages that you may be able to establish in your burn injury case. For example, you may have various types of medical expenses, such as doctors' and specialists’ visits, hospital stays, prescription medications, and nursing or aftercare. You may also have lost income if you are unable to work. Moreover, you may have experienced several types of general damages, including pain and suffering, emotional distress and mental anguish, the inability to engage in activities you used to enjoy, and a general decline in your quality of life.
Why Should You Trust The Francis Firm with Your Fort Worth Burn Injury Claim?
Because burn injuries can be serious and sometimes lead to significant financial losses, burn injury claims can be very complicated. They may require extensive negotiations with the other parties and insurance companies, and they often bring up tough questions about liability and damages. Having a Fort Worth burn injury lawyer by your side can make a big difference in recovering compensation.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers will inform you of your legal rights and options, and we will work with you to preserve important evidence, build your case, and strategize about the next steps to take. Our goal is to focus on your case so that you can focus on your recovery and moving forward after your burn injury. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation initial legal consultation online or by calling 817-617-8639. With our office in Southlake, we serve communities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Tarrant County and Dallas County, and other Texas communities.