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Burn Injuries

Austin Burn Injury Lawyer

While you might not give too much thought to it, burn injuries affect nearly 3 million people a year in the United States alone, with a high percentage of those burns affecting at least 25% of the victim’s body. Astonishingly, burn injuries are second to car crashes as a leading cause of death.

While most people think of burn injuries as being related to fire, radiation, heat, chemicals and electricity may also cause burn injuries. For instance, a person may suffer a thermal burn from boiling water or a chemical burn from acid. Radiation burns result from over exposure to UV lamps and electrical burns result from electrical shocks.

The most important thing to remember about a burn injury, no matter how it was caused, is that treating it is extremely costly. Thus, settlements in this area of the law tend to be closely linked to the extent of the injury, which relates to the area burned and the depth of overall tissue damage. Other factors that figure into a burn injury settlement are scarring, the psychological pain, infections, disability and hearing loss or blindness, shock, and respiratory distress.

All burns are classified by degrees – first degree, second degree, third degree, fourth degree, fifth and sixth degree burns, which refer to the depth of tissue damage involved. First-degree burns usually involve damage to the outer skin layer and heal rapidly. Second-degree burns cause damage to the outer and inner layers of skin and third-degree burns cause significant damage to blood vessels and muscles.

Fourth-degree burns have gone right through the skin into muscles and tendons and have resulted in charring and extreme damage to the hypodermis, usually requiring skin grafting. Fifth-degree burns indicate the hypodermis is completely gone and the ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones may be damaged. Sixth-degree burns are frequently fatal and often burn the bones. If a victim survives this level of suffering, they may face amputation.

Often burn survivors have emotional scarring as a result of their altered physical looks. It’s not an easy process for anyone to go through, and most courts recognize the anguish these souls face on a daily basis. For this reason, and others, many burn injury awards tend to be fairly large.

In most instances, a burn victim is entitled to receive compensation for their personal injury if the burns were the result of negligence on the part of someone else, some kind of wrongdoing or a defective product.

If you or a loved one has faced a serious injury like this, speak to us about your case. We know the value of loyalty, honesty and honor, something our clients deeply appreciate.

Located in Austin, Texas, Lee, Gober & Reyna represents clients throughout Central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, including the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Houston, Conroe, Baytown, Galveston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, San Antonio, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Angelo, Abilene, Laredo, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Harlingen, as well as Williamson County, Travis County and Hays County. Sitemap
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