Burn injuries are among the most painful and debilitating injuries victims suffer in accidents. Radiation, heat, electricity, and chemical exposure can all cause a devastating burn injury. Every year, over 40,000 people are hospitalized because of burn injuries in the United States. Car accidents, workplace accidents, fires, and other preventable accidents can cause burn injuries.
If you or your loved one have suffered a serious burn injury caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Before you sign a settlement agreement with the insurance adjuster or the at-fault party, you must discuss your case with a skilled attorney. Contact Rochelle McCullough today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about how we can advocate for you.
Types of Burn Injury Cases We Handle
At Rochelle McCullough, we have seen the devastating effects that severe burn injuries can have on victims. A victim can suffer a painful and debilitating injury in a few minutes. The treatment for burn injuries can be physically and emotionally devastating, often involving painful surgeries and medical treatments.
Fires in an office building, school, neighborhood, or commercial premises can injure hundreds of victims. Burn injury cases can become complicated when multiple victims and large insurance carriers are involved and difficult to prove liability. Our attorneys work diligently to hold negligent parties responsible for the burn injuries they cause. We represent clients in a wide variety of burn injury cases, including the following:
- Apartment explosions caused by negligent maintenance
- Gas fires caused by negligent gas companies
- Children’s clothing fires due to negligent clothing manufacturers and retailers
- Industrial plant explosions
- Dry cleaning exposures
- Water burns caused by negligent property owners
- Water burns caused by negligent eating establishments
- Burns caused by auto accidents
- Burns caused by defective products
- Burns caused by workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
When doctors diagnose and treat burn injuries, they categorize the level of burn injuries using four different degrees. First-degree burns are the least serious burns. They are superficial burns that only damage the outer layer of skin. With first-degree burns, the skin will be red and painful but not blistered.
With second-degree burns, some thickening of the skin and blistering occur. Damage from the burn goes beyond the top layer of the skin. Blisters can form and become sore and red. They may burst open. If a second-degree burn affects a person’s hands, face, groin, feet, or buttocks, they may need emergency medical treatment. Second-degree burns can heal in a few weeks in many cases.
Third and Fourth-Degree Burns
Third and fourth-degree burns are the most serious types of burns. Accident victims who suffer third and fourth-degree burns can develop additional medical complications that can become life-threatening, such as serious infections. With third and fourth-degree burns, the skin can become leathery and white with widespread thickness.
Damage can extend through all of the victim’s layers of skin. It can also extend into the victim’s bloodstream, potentially affecting bones and organs. Some victims die from their burn injuries at the scene of the crime. Surviving victims can suffer from extreme pain during and after recovery. With third and fourth-degree burns, there is always a risk of additional complications with severe burns, such as:
- Blood loss
- Sepsis (bloodstream infection)
Burn Injury Treatments Can Be Painful and Costly
In the worst burn injury cases, victims can suffer permanent or long-term damage and painful scarring. Serious burn injuries require intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of the burn, a patient may need multiple surgeries. When the burn injury destroys multiple layers of skin, the patient may need painful skin grafts. Unfortunately, some burn injuries cause permanent disfigurement.
Patients can benefit from reconstructive surgery, but the surgeries are painful and require extensive hospital stays. Recovering from each surgery can take months. Those who suffer severe burns may need rehabilitation as well as occupational and physical therapy to rebuild their lost skills. Victims may not be able to return to work due to their physical limitations, chronic pain, and other complications from their injuries.
If you were injured in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. However, to obtain compensation, you must prove that the at-fault party or parties’ negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. For example, if you were injured in an apartment fire, you must prove that another party’s negligence caused the fire.
Perhaps your landlord failed to keep your apartment complex up to safety codes, and an electrical fire occurred. If you were injured in a car accident that caused an explosion, resulting in your burn injuries, you would need to prove that the other driver or driver’s negligence caused the accident to recover compensation from them. Personal injury cases require an in-depth investigation. The evidence at the scene of the fire won’t last long. Your attorney will be able to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with fire investigators. The attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are ready to assist you.
Recovering Compensation After a Burn Injury
Plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits can pursue economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover quantifiable expenses, such as your past medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and loss of future income. Burn injuries are some of the most painful types, and you may be eligible for significant non-economic damages.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Dallas Burn Injury Attorney
If you or your loved one have been injured in any type of burn accident in Dallas, you will benefit from working with an experienced attorney. If someone else’s negligence or intentional actions left you with a life-altering, chronically painful burn, you deserve compensation. The Dallas personal injury attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are prepared to advise you about your legal rights and options after an accident that causes severe burn injury. Contact Rochelle McCullough today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.
We extend our personal injury legal services to help clients with burn injury cases throughout Texas, including Dallas, & Fort Worth, as well as in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Committed to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve.