Every year, over one million residents in the United States sustain burn injuries so severe they need medical care. Some cannot survive their injuries. If you have suffered this often-debilitating type of physical harm recently, request a consultation with a Belton burn injury lawyer. Depending on why you were injured and the burns’ severity, you could receive a considerable settlement.
Paying for medical expenses following a serious burn injury adds to your stress and can lengthen the recovery process. Rather than feeling anxious when you should concentrate on feeling the best you can, trust your claim to an experienced catastrophic injury attorney. The individual handles everything to do with the case, from filing a claim with the state to negotiating with the defendant to representing you in settlement and trial sessions.
Burns have several causes, including:
When the burn injury was not the plaintiff’s fault and due to accidents such as car collisions, oil rig explosions, petrochemical accidents, industrial accidents, defective products, or electrical accidents, it is possible to request a variety of damages. A legal professional’s counsel helps determine what damages to ask for in a burn victim case, including those covering hospitalizations, surgery, and other medical expenses. Additional damages typically include lost income and disability, scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of life enjoyment.
The sometimes-catastrophic injuries are categorized by degrees, or how much damage the skin sustains. First-degree burns affect the top layer of skin only and cause pain, redness, and inflammation. Skin becomes dry and starts to peel upon recovery. These burns rarely require attorney attention unless they are among other injuries in a bodily harm case. However, first-degree burns require medical care and possibly attorney assistance if they cover a large section of the body, the face, or a major joint.
Second-degree burns affect the epidermis, or top layer of skin, and the dermis, or second skin layer. In addition to severe redness and soreness, blisters appear. If the blisters pop, they might develop scab-like tissue known as fibrinous. Second-degree burns can cause scarring or permanent skin discoloration depending on their depth and how they were treated.
Third-degree burns damage every skin layer and cause intense pain assuming nerve damage is not serious enough to eliminate discomfort. Skin can take on a waxy appearance, or look charred, leathery and raised, and blistered despite the blisters never developing or weeping. They along with fourth-degree burns are the most serious, with fourth-degree injuries possibly affecting fat, bone, and muscle tissue. Most do not survive burns in the fourth or subsequent degree categories.
Recovering from a severe burn injury takes serious time. Make the recovery a little easier on yourself by scheduling an appointment with a Belton burn injury lawyer. The right attorney gives you time to recover while they handle everything related to your lawsuit.
You have two years from the injury date to file a legal claim according to Title 2, Chapter 16, Section 16.002 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Now is the time to learn what your damage options are. Call today to discuss your case with one of our dedicated legal representatives.