A burn injury could be minor – small, or just a red mark – or it could encompass a large area of your body and remove all layers of skin. Burns are painful injuries, regardless of what caused them. While you might burn yourself, someone’s negligence could also cause burns, which could leave excessive scarring or disfigurement.
If you suffered burns caused by another person’s negligence, you could suffer long-term or permanent pain, scarring and other consequences. To ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve, contact a Midland burn injury lawyer at Hanna Personal Injury Law by calling (432) 606-2378 for a free case evaluation.
Hanna Personal Injury Law’s burn injury lawyers in Midland can help you get access to the doctors you need, including reconstructive surgeons, therapists and other medical providers you require to recover from burns. The attorneys also negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that they do not violate your rights and that you receive a fair and reasonable settlement.
If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair amount for injuries, the attorneys will help you file a lawsuit against the defendants and insurance companies so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
During the pendency of your case, our team investigates your case to obtain evidence to prove the defendant’s negligence. We get as much evidence as possible before we start settlement negotiations so that we can be as aggressive as we need to be with the insurance company and the defendant.
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, which means that they will find any reason to deny a claim or offer you as little as possible. In fact, if you speak with an insurance company, they are likely to twist what you say in an attempt to put the blame for the accident at your feet so they can deny the claim or offer you a pittance.
When you retain burn injury attorneys in Midland, insurance companies know that they cannot get away with tricking you into accepting a low amount or denying a valid claim.
You could suffer burns for many reasons, including auto fires if you get into a vehicle accident and workplace accidents if you work with electricity, heated metals, radiation, fire, or toxic chemicals.
Working in the oil industry also exposes you to burns, whether from fires, explosions, chemicals or other incidents.
Many of these incidents require safety training and protective equipment. However, you could still suffer from burns because of another person’s negligence, including your employer’s negligence.
Midland scalding injury lawyers represent many types of burn injury cases. Not all burns are the same. Different types of burns happen for different reasons. The types of burns you might sustain because of another’s negligence include:
A thermal burn is the most common burn that people suffer. When you touch something hot, it raises the temperature of your skin. In some cases, it might leave a red mark; in other cases, it could burn all of the layers of skin. These burns happen very quickly. If you’ve ever touched a hot pan or stove, you know that you pull your hand away quickly but could still end up with a red mark or a blister. You might suffer thermal burns from scalding liquid, fire, or even touching hot metals.
If something rubs the skin off, it is a friction burn. Friction burns are heat burns and abrasions. The heat comes from the action of rubbing your skin along something. Examples of friction burns are road rash, rope burns, and carpet burns. Common causes of friction burns include bicycle and motorcycle accidents and tripping and sliding on a sidewalk, road or other rough surface.
Coming into contact with electricity causes electrical burns. They can happen when working on live wires, breaker boxes, or even vehicle engines.
Everyone knows that heat can cause burns. However, cold can also cause burns. Frostbite is an example of a cold burn. You could suffer a cold burn if your skin contacts certain chemicals or substances, such as dry ice.
Those who work with chemicals, acids, detergents and solvents could suffer chemical burns. You could suffer chemical burns while working in the oil industry if gas, oil, cleaning chemicals and other solvents used in the industry get onto your skin.
Most everyone has suffered radiation burns in their lifetime. A sunburn is a radiation burn. However, X-rays and radiation therapy also cause radiation burns. Those working or receiving care in the medical field could suffer radiation burns while working around certain machinery.
A Midland burn injury attorney can help those who suffer from any type of burn caused by the negligence of another person.
Medical professionals rate burns by degrees. A first-degree burn is a mild burn. You might feel some pain in the outer layer of your skin – the epidermis – and it could develop reddening.
A second-degree burn affects the epidermis and the layer of skin below it – the dermis. You might feel pain and develop redness in the burned area. Additionally, the area could swell or blister.
Third-degree burns affect the tissues below the dermis. Your skin and the tissues turn black or white, the skin is charred, and the area of the burn could feel numb.
Finally, fourth-degree burns are the worst. The burn could affect nerve endings, bones, and muscles. In addition to reddening and blistering, you lose feeling in the area of the burn as the nerve endings have been affected.
Depending on how bad the burn is, some people may go into shock. Symptoms of shock may include pale and clammy skin, weakness, bluish lips and fingernails, and a drop in alertness.
First- and second-degree burns usually get better on their own, but third- and fourth-degree burns need medical attention right away. Call your doctor if a second-degree burn is deep and doesn’t start to feel better soon.
Burns could lead to complications and/or secondary injuries, especially in those who have preexisting conditions. The defendant is responsible for these types of injuries as well as the damages from the original incident. Burn complications include:
We recommend that you retain a Midland burn injury lawyer to conduct settlement negotiations with the involved insurance companies so that you recover the compensation you deserve. Otherwise, the insurance company could deny your claim or offer you very little – sometimes not even enough to cover your medical expenses.
Your initial case evaluation is free, and we do not get paid unless you get paid. Once you receive a settlement or trial award, we deduct our fees from the money you receive.
The value of your case depends on the severity of your burn, the secondary injuries you might suffer because of a burn, and whether the defendant was negligent or grossly negligent. If the jury finds that the defendant was not grossly negligent, you could recover compensatory damages in the form of economic damages and non-economic damages. If the jury finds that the defendant’s actions or inactions were intentional or grossly negligent, you could recover punitive damages.
You have up to two years to file a personal injury case in Texas. We recommend that you contact a Midland burn injury lawyer as soon as possible after the incident to preserve evidence. Additionally, you are apt to remember more about the incident if you discuss it soon after. Finally, the insurance company might accuse you of “playing up” your injuries if you wait to take legal action.
Your legal team will investigate the incident to start gathering evidence, including police reports (if any), workplace documentation, and medical records. Once the team has the evidence, it can put pressure on the insurance companies for a fair and reasonable settlement.
In most cases, burn injury cases settle before they go to court. Even if the insurance company puts up a fight and you have to file a lawsuit, you could still settle out of court. Litigation is expensive, and if the jury finds the defendant at fault, he or she pays the legal bills for both sides. Many times, the insurance company will “call your bluff” and force you to file a lawsuit. However, when it comes down to preparing for litigation, the insurance company could reconsider and reopen settlement negotiations when it sees that you are not going to settle for an unfair amount.
Burns could cause long-term or permanent disabilities, especially if you develop burn complications. You could also suffer from excessive scarring or disfigurement. You can recover damages for future medical expenses, including additional surgeries that you might need throughout your life for burns that cause long-lasting damage.
To ensure that you recover a fair and reasonable settlement or win a fair trial award, contact a Midland burn injury attorney at Hanna Personal Injury Law by calling (432) 606-3790 to schedule a free case evaluation.