Conroe Burn Injury Lawyer
Texas Burn Injury Claims
Severe burns leave lasting physical and emotional scars. Victims often require extensive medical attention and ongoing care, and many will face a lifetime of chronic pain, permanent disfigurement, and other complications arising from their injuries. This can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing, both for victims and their families.
If you or your loved one suffered serious burns due to a fire, explosion, or accident, and you believe someone else was at fault, reach out to our legal team to learn more about your rights. At Scott Law Firm, we take great pride in representing injured clients throughout the Greater Houston Area, offering compassionate and focused attention from start to finish.
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What Makes a Burn Severe?
Typically, to have grounds to file a personal injury claim for burn injuries, you will need to prove that your injuries were severe and that you suffered damages as a result. A “severe” burn is one that cannot be effectively treated with at-home remedies, such as over-the-counter topical ointments and pain medication. Most burn injury claims involve second- or third-degree burns.
Burns range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. They are classified in the following ways:
- First-Degree Burns: First-degree burns are the mildest type of burn. They typically result in pain at the injury site, redness, mild swelling, and scarring. First-degree burns can generally be treated at home and do not require medical attention in most cases.
- Second-Degree Burns: A second-degree burn is considered a moderate to severe injury and can result in significant pain, redness, swelling, blistering, and scarring. Second-degree burns affect the epidermis (upper layer of skin) and dermis (lower layer of skin).
- Third-Degree Burns: Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. They affect both the epidermis and dermis, as well as surrounding tissue and bone. Third-degree burns are medical emergencies and require immediate attention.
Moderate to severe burns may require a range of medical treatments, including skin grafting surgery and infection prevention/treatment. They can also lead to severe disfigurement, particularly when they occur on the face or in the facial area.
Types of Burns
In addition to being categorized according to severity, burns are also classified by type.
The different types of burns include:
- Thermal Burns: Thermal burns are the most common type of burn injury. They result from contact between the skin and hot objects, such as flames, boiling liquids, steam, hot metals, and other surfaces.
- Chemical Burns: A chemical burn occurs when an abrasive substance comes into contact with the skin. This might include things like solvents, acids, detergents, and other harmful chemicals and substances.
- Electrical Burns: When a person’s body/skin comes into contact with an electrical current, they can suffer an electrical burn. These often result from an individual accidentally touching a live electrical wire.
- Radiation Burns: When a person’s skin is damaged by radiation, this is known as a radiation burn. The most common example is a sunburn, but other forms of radiation, such as x-rays and some cancer treatments, can also cause burn injuries.
Additionally, while friction burns and cold burns are not technically “burn injuries,” they are often categorized as such. A friction burn (a.k.a. road rash) is actually a severe abrasion of the skin, often resulting from a person making contact with asphalt as a result of a motorcycle accident or similar incident. A cold burn is also known as frostbite and is damage to the skin caused by freezing.
Damages in Burn Injury Cases
As previously mentioned, burn victims often require extensive medical attention. In addition to emergency treatment, they may require ongoing care and physical rehabilitation. They may be unable to work while receiving treatment and could be limited in the work they do even after they have reached the maximum expected recovery. All of this leads to significant damages, which places victims and their families under severe financial strain.
At Scott Law Firm, we help burn injury victims fight for fair compensation for their damages, including but not limited to:
- Ambulance and emergency room fees
- Pain management programs
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Medications and medical equipment
- Future medical care costs
- Lost income/wages
- Future lost earnings
- Loss of earning capacity (disability)
- Pain and suffering
- Counseling services
- Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
- Surgeries and other medical treatments
In rare circumstances, we may also be able to seek punitive damages. In contrast to the compensatory damages listed above, punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim for his or her losses but, rather, to hold the liable party accountable for egregious negligence or disregard for human life.
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If you sustained serious burn injuries due to a motor vehicle accident, defective product, oilfield accident, or any other type of traumatic event, our firm is here to help. At Scott Law Firm, our Conroe burn injury lawyers have the experience, skills, and resources to help you get back on your feet. We care deeply about our local community and about helping innocent victims of negligence and wrongful conduct take powerful legal action against those at fault for their injuries.
We are always available to take your call and can travel to meet you if your injuries prevent you from making it into our office. We provide all of our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe any attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.
“From the initial call inquiry to meeting Patrick and Krystal in the office, to the settlement negotiations, everything was handled with the utmost professionalism.”- Jeremy R.
“I was very pleased with the settlement I received because of their service, but what really impressed me the most was the way they genuinely cared about me.”- Kim R.
“Patrick is professional and down to earth, he is great at easing your nerves during the process and goes out of his way to make sure your case is taken care of.”- Katie E.