Dallas Burn Injury Attorneys
Get Legal Help For Your Serious Burn Accident & Fire Injuries
Burn injuries are a very serious and dangerous condition to resolve. When severe, the healing process can be extremely painful and full of complications. Severe burn injuries often lead to disfigurement and permanent scarring. The damage caused to the skin and even the organs underlying the skin can be devastating. Severe burns can be caused by chemicals, fire, radiation, and electricity. Every year, more than half a million people are treated for burn injuries. Out of those people, about 8,000 lose their lives. Many deaths from severe burns are due to complications that resulted from the injury.
Burn injuries can be extremely traumatic. Scarring can leave the victim with an altered self-esteem and takes a physical and emotional toll on that person for the rest of his/her life. Burn injuries may require extensive medical care, long stays in hospital, surgeries, and an extensive recovery period. Getting the care needed to treat burn injuries can be extremely costly. Therefore, it is important to look for a burn treatment lawyer in order to obtain the compensation you need.
At The Law Office of WT Johnson, we understand the pain and emotional trauma that a burn victim goes through. Having dealt with numerous burn injury cases from across the state of Texas, our lawyers will guide you in the right direction and assist you in making a decision that best address your legal and financial situation. There are variety of sources of burn injuries, ranging from open flames, explosions, faulty electric components, household chemical spills, heat and radiation, friction burns, gasoline leaks and malfunctioning appliances, and exposure to corrosive or hazardous liquids or gases. Burn injuries are hazardous and can be life threatening in some cases. Even with the most sophisticated medical help and quality treatment, chances of permanent disability or disfigurement are quite high.
Burns and other fire-related injuries are painful, can lead to serious complications, and require extensive and expensive treatment, hospitalizations, surgeries, and recovery periods. They can result in significant scarring and disfigurement. Whatever the cause of these injuries, they can lead to significant physical and psychological trauma for their victims. Given the potential for sometimes life-long harm, it is important to find a burn and fire injury attorney who can help you understand the legal rights and ramifications of your particular circumstance.
Causes of Burn & Fire Injuries
Burns can be caused by any number of sources including:
- Open flames
- Faulty electrical components
- Household chemical spills
- Heat and/or radiation
- Gasoline leaks
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Corrosive or hazardous substance exposure
- Friction or thermal burns
Accidents resulting in burns can happen at home, work, school or childcare facilities, during surgical procedures, or in accident situations. When they are caused by negligent, reckless, or the incompetent actions of others, it is imperative that you talk to a Dallas burn or fire injury attorney to protect your legal rights.
Types of Fire & Burn Injuries
Generally, fire and burn injuries are classified according to the amount of damage and severity of the injuries as well as the area of the injury. These classifications include first, second, third, and fourth degree burns. Generally, the degree of the burns reflects the extent of the damage. First-degree burns are generally superficial, affecting mostly the outermost layer of skin. Second-degree burns go through into the dermis, likely contain blisters, and usually require skin grafting. There is also an increased risk of infection. Third degree burns penetrate through the skin, sometimes even into bones and connective tissue. These burns can result in reconstructive surgery or even amputation.
Burns are classified according to the degree of damage (first, second, third or fourth-degree) and the amount of skin area affected. The injuries of a person exposed to fire or a scalding liquid may be classified as follows:
- Minor burns are first or second degree burns affecting less than 15% of an adult's or 10% of a child's body. Third degree burns affecting less than 2% of the body may also be considered minor.
- Moderate burns are first or second-degree burns affecting between 15% and 25% of an adult's or 10% to 20% of a child's body or third degree burns affecting between 2% and 10% of the body.
- Major burns are first or second-degree burns affecting more than 25% of an adult's body or more than 20% of a child's body or third degree burns affecting more than 10% of the body.
Each type of burn needs specialized treatment. Patients with moderate burns should be treated in a hospital, and those with major burns should be treated in the burn unit of a hospital. Burn injury lawyers at The Law Office of WT Johnson seek maximum compensation for these costs, as well as income loss, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Burn injuries are grouped by the amount of tissue damaged, as well as the deepness of the burn. The following are types of burns a person may experience:
First Degree Burns
These burns impact the outermost portion of the skin, or epidermis. First degree burns are characterized by redness and swelling, and mild to moderate pain. Overexposure to sunlight is the most common first degree burn.
Second Degree Burns
These burns penetrate into the dermis and occur with blisters. Second degree burns are incredibly painful and will often require the victim to undergo skin grafts to recover. In many cases, these burns are so serious that the victim will experience infection that will need to be treated right away. Common causes of second degree burns are boiling liquids, fires, ultra-hot gases, heating elements, and chemical exposure. If left untreated, second degree burns can worsen to become third degree burns.
Third Degree Burns
These are the most catastrophic burns a person can experience. Third degree burns penetrate the full thickness of skin and even damage underlying connective tissue/bones. They can be misleading since they are typically not as painful as a second degree burn because a direct effect of the burn injury destroys local nerves. Burns of this nature nearly always require reconstructive surgery in order to help the victim heal. In some cases, the burn is so severe that the victim may have his/her damaged limb amputated.
Besides being hurt by fire, one can additionally suffer a thermal, chemical substance or electric burn. Likewise, a person can be accidentally subjected to hazardous radiation.
Anyone is susceptible to burns or scalds, but young children and older people often suffer worse injuries because they tend to have more delicate skin. At The Law Office of WT Johnson, some of the most common burn injury claims and scald injury claims we deal with are caused by:
- Accidents at work
- Accidents in schools or nurseries
- Road accidents
- Accidents during surgeries or operations
- Accidents in other public places
Looking for a Burn Injury Lawyer in Dallas, Texas?
Burns and scalds are very painful injuries and even a small burn or scald can remain painful for a long period of time. More serious burns and scalds cause nerve damage, tendon, ligament or muscle damage, permanent scarring or even death. Scarring can also contract and cause reduced mobility and psychological distress. Burn type injury is among the most horrific and catastrophic a person can endure. Burns often leave victims with extensive scarring - some of which can remain with the victim for the rest of their lives, long after the initial accident has occurred. When wounds finally heal, the emotional damage that a person suffers may never fully go away. Having the right lawyer by your side, fighting for your rights in court, is vital if you've suffered burn injury.
Contact our Dallas injury lawyers for a free consultation about your burn injury case. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Top Dallas Injury Attorney Today
For years, The Law Office of WT Johnson has been regarded as a trusted provider and a reputable and dependable legal representative for burn victims and their families. Get in touch with our Dallas personal injury attorney at (214) 231-0544 to learn how you can best get the compensation that you deserve for pain, suffering and all medical expenses involved in your treatment and recovery.
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If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don't hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We're ready to help you, and won't rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.