Each year, more than 1 million burn injuries receive medical attention in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those injuries, roughly 50,000 require hospitalization and 4,500 prove to be fatal. Although many burn injuries heal quickly and require minimal attention, severe burns may result in painful, permanent harm. If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s mistake or negligence, make sure you know your legal options.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our nationally-recognized Houston trial lawyers have what it takes to ensure your voice is heard both in and out of court. Dealing with a burn injury, especially one caused by someone else’s mistake, can be extremely challenging, and we want to help hold the negligent party responsible for the damage they caused. Our firm has a long record of success and we’ve secured positive results for many of our clients, no matter how complex the case. We are honored among 10% of Texas board-certified specialists in our field, and we have ample experience working with personal injury victims. If you have a case, our compassionate, zealous attorneys want to hear from you.
Depending on the type of burn you receive and the severity of the injury, burns can result in nerve damage, physical disfigurement, and even amputation. There are plenty of different ways burn injuries can occur, but the classification of burn injuries depends largely on what actually did the burning. If you were harmed by a hot frying pan, for example, you suffered a contact burn, because you were burned by something hot. A chemical burn, on the other hand, occurs when dangerous chemicals, usually acids, come in contact with the skin, causing severe skin irritation.
There are several different types of burn injuries, including:
The severity of burn injuries can vary significantly. While a first-degree burn might only require minimal medical attention, a third-degree burn might require surgery and ongoing hospitalization. If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury, make sure you know what type of burn you’re dealing with.
These types of burns are relatively minor and will only affect the top layer of the skin. The burn site will likely be red and painful, and it might also be slightly swollen.
A second-degree burn damages the first two layers of the skin, usually resulting in blisters, leaking fluid, deep redness, and possible skin loss in some areas. These types of burns should receive professional medical treatment, as some home remedies could lead to infection or further damage.
Third-degree burns are very serious and can result in destroyed tissue, infection, shock, or even death. A third-degree burn can be identified by the loss of multiple layers of skin, remaining skin may have a leathery texture, and there may be patches of white, brown, or black skin. Because these burns affect the deeper tissues, the victim might not feel any pain at the burn site.
If you suffered a serious burn through no fault of your own, you may have a valid personal injury claim. Burn injuries aren’t just painful, they can be extremely difficult to recover from and they may result in catastrophic damage. Severe burns can cause disfigurement, loss of nerve function, and even loss of limb. In extreme cases, severe burns can also be fatal. If you or someone you love was burned, our firm is prepared to help.
Contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs to discuss your burn injury case with our Houston lawyers.
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