Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can take several different forms.
To better understand how they relate to personal injury claims, let’s take a look at the five main types of burns:
- Fire, hot liquids, steam, etc. cause thermal burns;
- A chemical explosion or exposure to acid or alkali causes chemical burns;
- Light burns come from ultraviolet light or sunburn;
- Electrical currents cause burns; and
- Radiation burns happen when someone comes in contact with nuclear radiation.
These injuries can be considered as catastrophic injuries.
When medical doctors treat someone with a burn injury, they categorize burns into four main categories.
- First-degree burns damage the top layer of the skin and are characterized by minor redness and inflammation. They typically heal on their own within a week.
- Second-degree burns affect the dermis layer resulting in very red skin with some blisters. Second-degree burns should be bandaged and can take several weeks to heal.
- Third-degree burns extend through two full layers of skin, which changes the skin to a brown, black, yellow, or white color. Nerve-ending damage is also typical.
- Fourth-degree burns can be life-threatening as damage affects all skin layers. It can also impact bones and muscles and permanently damage nerves, so victims might not have any feeling in the affected areas.
Severe burn injuries typically result in significant scarring and residual pain. Many burn victims need to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries.
Hiring a skilled Dallas burn injury lawyer will help you build the best case, maximizing your chances for the highest settlement.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Burns can be extremely costly to treat, especially when the victim requires multiple surgeries. Our Dallas burn injury attorneys can help fight for the maximum compensation in your case.
We know what evidence is needed to help prove additional medical expenses, future loss of earning capacity, and more. Without adequate compensation, you might find yourself facing multiple surgeries without adequate compensation from the defendants. Understanding how insurance claims work can be crucial in these situations, and you can learn more about it here.
Economic damages are verifiable losses associated with financial components, such as medical visits and loss of earnings to date. Calculating non-economic damages is tougher.
These are subjective amounts, such as how much your physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma are worth.
Claims involving future damages can be very complicated. We might need to hire one or more experts to help quantify what you will need for medical expenses, how much your permanent disability is worth over your lifetime, and how to calculate disfigurement, pain, and suffering, etc.
Proving Liability in a Burn Accident
Before you will receive any money for your injuries, you must prove liability against the responsible parties. If your case involves negligence, you need to prove four primary elements:
- The defendant owed you a specific duty of care;
- The defendant breached this duty of care;
- The breach is what caused your burn injuries; and
- You have damages, such as medical expenses.
Many burn injury claims involve complex legal topics, which is why you should not try to resolve your claim independently. You need a skilled Dallas burn injury attorney who will protect your rights. In some cases, product defects can be a cause of burn injuries, and our product defect attorneys can provide further assistance.
It is common to have multiple defendants. Some of these defendants might be corporations or companies with large legal teams. They know how to push the scale on liability and leave you believing you are at fault or that your injuries are worth significantly less.
No matter what the defendants’ insurance adjusters or lawyers tell you, they are not on your side. Their goal is to save money for their insureds or clients.
We will fight for you when you hire Armstrong, Lee & Baker LLP to represent you in a burn injury claim. Your lawyer will handle all communication with the defendant’s lawyers and insurance adjusters.
We will also work tirelessly to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. You can learn more about our trial lawyers on our website.
Contact a Dallas Burn Injury Attorney
When you sustain burn injuries caused by another party’s intentional acts, recklessness, or negligence, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim for damages.
You should not worry about fighting for compensation when recovering from a burn injury. Instead, let our experienced team of Dallas burn injury attorneys handle all the complex legal aspects while you concentrate on your recovery.
Please get in touch with Armstrong, Lee & Baker LLP today to schedule an initial consultation.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with us. Let us review your case and advise you of the best way to proceed following a burn injury.