Medical professional wrapping up patient's leg after a severe burn injury.Dallas Burn Injury Lawyer

Did you know approximately 25% of all severe burn injuries occur in the victim’s home? That is scary to think about because burn injuries are among the most serious injuries that a person can sustain. Burns not only impact specific areas of the body, our Dallas personal injury lawyer explains, but they can cause a strong response from the body.

Powerful immune and inflammatory reactions can be hard for medical teams to manage and can even lead to multiple organ failure, according to a 2020 primer published by the National Library of Medicine. Because of the extensive reaction of the body, burn injuries often require expensive, intense medical treatments and procedures, long-term care, and extensive rehabilitation.

The road to recovery after a burn injury is a lifelong journey. Our compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at The Button Law Firm are ready to advocate for you and your family anywhere in Texas after a serious burn injury. We will help you get justice and seek the compensation you deserve to assist with your medical and other expenses to give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 214-699-4409 or submit a contact form here for a free consultation.

Types of Burns

There are four classifications of burns, which are based on how deeply and severely the burn penetrates the surface of the skin. It is important to note that burn injuries can progress over time, so you may not be aware of a burn’s severity until a few days after the initial incident.

  • First-Degree Burns: These burns only affect the outer layer of the skin, like a mild sunburn. The impacted skin may turn red and be painful upon touch, but there is no long-term impact on the body.
  • Second-Degree Burns: Slightly more serious than first-degree burns, second-degree burns affect the outer and lower skin layers. For these burns, the skin may blister or swell. These burns are also painful to the touch.
  • Third-Degree Burns: Affecting all three skin layers, third-degree burns are serious with lasting impacts to the body. These burns permanently damage nerve endings, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The skin may look black, white, or red with a leathery texture, and any pain will be felt in the areas around the burn.
  • Fourth-Degree Burns: The most severe burn classification, these burns go even deeper than third-degree burns and can be life-threatening. These burns permanently damage muscle, bone, tendons, and nerve endings in the impacted area.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

While the most common burn injuries, thermal burns, are caused by fires, there are six other kinds of burn injuries caused by other sources.

  • Thermal Burns: Approximately 86% of burn patients who require treatment experience thermal burns, according to a 2022 article published in the National Library of Medicine. These can be caused by touching a hot surface like an iron or coming into contact with flames from a house fire or a fire that may result from a car accident.
  • Chemical Burns: These burns are caused by skin contact or inhaling harmful chemicals. They can happen in a workplace accident, such as a fire or explosion at an industrial plant or dry-cleaning establishment. At home, they can be caused by the improper storage of cleaning products or chemicals like paint thinners or wood staining products.
  • Electrical Burns: These injuries are also the result of common workplace accidents, as they are caused by exposure to electrical sources such as wires or fuses.
  • Gasoline Contact Burns: Gasoline is highly flammable, like a strong chemical. Any direct skin contact with gas can cause serious burn injuries immediately.
  • Radiation Burns: X-rays, tanning booths, and ultraviolet lights can expose a person to radiation and cause these burns. 
  • Inhalation Injuries: Accounting for more than 50% of deaths from fires, these injuries to your respiratory system and lungs are caused by breathing in toxic substances, such as smoke. They can also be caused by extreme heat.
  • Scald Injuries: These burn injuries primarily impact children under the age of 5. They are caused when the skin comes into contact with hot liquids like boiling hot water, coffee, or milk from a child’s bottle warmer.

Burn Accident Claims and Damages

As you can imagine, third- and fourth-degree burns require a great deal of medical care and procedures, which can quickly ring up medical expenses. This is why it can be helpful to file a claim or lawsuit in order to cover the costly bills and potential future medical care that you may require following a serious burn injury. If you are seriously injured from a burn, our expert Texas burn injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm can help you file a claim to seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical limitations
  • Lost wages from missing work while seeking medical treatment and recovery
  • Future expenses to manage injuries

A recent study by Stephanie Mason and other burn specialists in Canada found that burn injuries affect mortality for at least five to 10 years after an injury. If the unspeakable happens to your family as a result of a severe burn injury, our team of attorneys will fight to help your family get justice and compensation to cover:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Other unexpected costly fees

It is important to remember that burn injury claims in Texas must be filed within two years of the incident. At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Give our Texas personal injury attorneys a call at 214-699-4409 or submit a contact form here to discuss your situation, and we can advise you on the best course of action after a severe burn injury.

How Our Texas Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You 

We understand the immense life changes that a burn injury can have on a person and their family. Our Texas Super Lawyer-ranked attorneys are here to listen and help guide you and your family on the best path forward after a severe burn injury. We can also deal with insurance companies so that you don’t have to. We have teams in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, so give us a call at 214-699-4409 or submit a contact form here for a free consultation on a burn injury claim anywhere in the Lone Star State.

More Helpful Information on Burn Injuries from The Button Law Firm 

  1. 3 Things to Know Before Getting a Thermi Procedure
  2. Common Types of Burns That Happen to Children
  3. Child Burns at Texas Day Cares
  4. The Dangers of Bottle Warmer Burns

Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You with a Burn Claim 

Is there a time limit to file a claim?

In Texas, people who have been injured have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our team of experts today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form, and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.

How much does it cost to file a claim?

At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We work on contingency. This way, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we focus on advocating and fighting for you. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.     

Who do you represent?

We advocate for adults and children in Texas who have experienced severe burns. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you and your family anywhere in the Lone Star State. 

How can I file a claim?

Simply contact our team by calling 214-699-4409  or filling out a contact form, and we can determine the best way to help you. 

Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?

We are dedicated to helping adults and children in Texas who were severely burned. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent parties accountable. See what past clients have to say about working with us on their legal matters.

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Dallas, Houston, and Midland Texas trial and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.