Burn injuries are both the most painful and horrific injuries that can be suffered. Burns are classified according to severity, which is based on the amount of tissue damage.
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Degree Burns.
These burns involve the epidermal, dermal, subcutaneous and tissues under the subcutaneous lay (muscle, bone, etc). Skin is always lost. Muscle and/or bone is also either permanently damaged or lost. Surgery is always required and also long-term therapy.
Third-Degree burns involve the epidermal, dermal and subcutaneous (under the skin) tissue. There is always skin loss. Third degree burns can also involve muscle, tendon and ligament tissue. Third degree burns are characterized by charring and catastrophic damage to both skin and the subcutaneous tissue. In cases where subcutaneous tissue is completely burned, the burn victim can develop compartment syndrome, a life-threatening situation.
Deep second-degree burns (burns that damage the dermis) take weeks or months to heal. Because the dermis was damaged, new skin covering the wound is weak and prone to blistering and breakdown. Wound areas can undergo severe scarring.
In our cases sever involving burns, our lawyers:
- Gather and preserve materials and evidence (should be done as soon after the fire as possible, and possibly filing a lawsuit for the preservation of evidence)
- Determine responsible and liable parties, meaning all persons, corporations and others who might be found responsible for the fire in a court of law and thus liable to compensate the burned person
- Hire experts in the fields of expertise including engineering, accident reconstruction and medicine to determine the cause of the fire, the severity of the pain and suffering, the estimated future medical expenses, the emotional pain suffered as a result of the disfigurement and other legal issues that will determine the amount of compensation obtained.
These are huge expenses, and you should know that our law firm pays these expenses during the litigation process, and our law firm is not paid unless our lawyers win your case.
It is also important to note the importance of hiring a law firm with the resources to win full and adequate compensation. Our law firm has the resources necessary to hire the best experts to fine the evidence we need to win your case.
COMPENSATION FOR BURN INJURIES
When someone has been severely burned in a fire, a lawsuit on their behalf generally seeks compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses, which are always substantial and can include extended hospital stay, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term nursing care
- Cost of care
- Lost income, including an estimate of future income the burn victims will not be able to earn due to the burn injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Other damages
If you live in an apartment building or other common-living environment, the owner of the building has a responsibility to make sure you are safe. If you are injured in a fire, burned appliance, or scalded by a defected faucet, you may have a case against your landlord. If a defective faucet, you may have a case against your landlord. If a defective product is involved you may also have a case against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of the product.
Homeowner’s insurance covers house fires. In addition, if the house is being rented, the landlord may also be liable. If a defective product was involved (including a mattress), the manufacturer may be liable. If you hired someone to do maintenance or remodeling on your house, and the fire was caused by something that person did, you will have a claim against that person and/or the company they work for and others.
Contact a Texas Insurance Litigation Attorney
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your fire, lightning, smoke or arson claim, please call our law office in Beaumont, Texas, at 409-833-1196.