When Other Parties Are Liable for Burn Injury Accidents
When someone else’s negligence causes burn injuries in Texas, that party may be liable for damages. Burns can occur due to a number of reasons. Some of the most common sources are fires, hot steam or liquids, electricity and chemicals.
Causes of Burn Injuries
A burn injury generally occurs due to an accident of some type. For example, if electrical wires wear out and are not replaced, they can start a fire. Or, a fire may begin in the kitchen and then spread to the rest of a building. Faulty gas lines can cause gas explosions. Failure to maintain buildings, or not adhering to fire code standards are a form of negligence that can produce fires. In such instances, building owners may be liable for burn victims’ injuries.
The severity of burns varies, depending on how deep the burns are and what areas of the body were burned.
The Most Serious Types of Burns
Third degree burns are the most severe. Burn classifications, called degree of burns, indicate how deep the burn has penetrated the layers of skin. A third degree burn goes beneath the skin surface to the layer of fat and can destroy nerves or even reach the bone. Skin often looks leathery, and burn areas may be black, white or brown in color. In some cases, the burn victim has difficulty breathing, especially if fire or a substance burned airways.
Infection is another very serious risk for burn victims.
What Types of Compensation Can You Recover in Burn Cases?
In a legal case pursuing damages, injured parties can often receive compensation for:
- Medical treatment
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Caregiving costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
When scarring or other disabilities limit or prevent the person from working, there are also future damages attorneys can pursue. They can seek damages for lost future wages, reduced income capacity, future medical treatment and diminished quality of life.
It is wise to consult with an attorney who has experience handling burn injury cases and knows how to protect your rights.
Experienced Legal Help with Burn Injuries in Texas
Decades of experience has enabled the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz to maximize recoveries on behalf of our clients. Whether you are a burn injury victim in Bexar, Webb, Nueces or some other area in Texas, we can help. Our law firm can assist you wherever you’re located throughout the state.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your accident and injuries. If we take your case, there are no out-of-pocket expenses. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis—meaning there are no fees unless we win or settle your case.