If you have ever accidentally touched a hot stove, a curling iron, or a vehicle muffler, you understand the pain and scarring potential of even minor burns. Burns that eat into tissues, reach bones, or cover large portions of the body can forever change a victim’s life. At the Nielsen Law Firm, we represent individuals who experience severe burns or die as the result of intentional acts of violence and acts of negligence.
BURN INJURIES—THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
Burn victims do not get to go home and rest after a serious injury. Many must stay in the hospital for months on end, undergo numerous surgeries, and face a high chance of complications. Burns increase the risks of contracting pathogens in any setting. After the burns heal, a victim may never have the opportunity to regain his or her quality of life. Scarring, disfiguration, and mobility issues can prevent people from returning to work and resuming daily activities.
Medical insurance coverage may only go so far, leaving victims and their families struggling to pay the bills and manage medical expenses. This scenario is not an exaggeration—it is the difficult reality of a burn injury. Our firm cannot change your prognosis, but we can make the recovery process a little easier to bear. We will do everything in our power to ensure you have the means to pay for medical care and the cost of living after your accident.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BURN INJURIES?
Determining liability will set the stage for your personal injury case, and the defendants in burn injury cases vary widely. Some of the possibilities include:
- Caretakers for the young or old who run baths that are too hot, leave hot pans within reach, or leave dangerous chemicals within reach
- Daycare centers that fail to secure the cooking area or forget to apply sunscreen to children before allowing them to play outside in the heat of the day
- Employers who fail to follow industry standards for chemical handling, equipment maintenance, and worker safety
- Drivers who cause accidents resulting in fires and friction burns
- People who maliciously commit an act of arson or set an individual on fire with the intent to injure or kill
Anytime a burn could have been prevented and was not, we encourage victims and their loved ones to reach out for legal advice. You should not have to live with the consequences of someone else’s carelessness or intent to harm.
TYPES OF BURN INJURIES
When people discuss types of burns, they are either referring to the severity of the burn or force responsible for the burn. Burn severity is rated on a scale from one to four. First degree burns typically only cause redness and pain and include your typical sunburns or momentary contact with a heat source. Second degree burns typically blister and also cause redness and pain, but will typically heal on their own over time. Third degree burns eat into the skin and typically also affect the underlying tissues. Fourth degree burns not only affect tissues, but also the tendons and bones. Third and fourth degree burns may require blood transfusions, extensive skin grafting, and other surgical interventions.
Thermal burns are only one type of burn that can cause serious injuries. Other types of burns include:
- Chemical burns
- Friction burns (road rash)
- Electrical burns (electrocution)
- Radiation burns
- Cold temperature burns
CONTACT YOUR HOUSTON, TEXAS, BURN INJURY ATTORNEY TODAY
If you or someone you love is affected by a serious burn someone else causes, seek legal advice as soon as possible. Getting started on your case fast improves our ability to collect the evidence necessary to secure fair compensation. You deserve to heal without worrying about your financial security, and the compassionate attorneys at the Nielsen Law Firm in Houston, Texas, are ready to help.
Reach out to our attorneys today for a no-cost consultation.