Burn Injury AttorneyHave You Been Injured? Speak Confidentially to Our Experienced Texas Burn Injury Attorneys
At Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, we understand the impact of burn injuries, and we're here to guide you through your legal journey in a compassionate and approachable manner. Burn injuries, whether caused by heat, chemicals, or electrical incidents, can be life-altering. We understand the importance of addressing these cases with care and expertise. Contact our team of Texas burn injury lawyers for a case evaluation.
Meet Eddie Martinez
While employed by the Brazos River Authority, Eddie Martinez was performing routine grass mowing along a canal when an unfortunate accident occurred. He inadvertently struck an unmarked, underground pipe containing highly flammable propylene gas, resulting in severe burns covering over 70% of his body. Eddie endured a grueling four-month stay in Intensive Care. Thanks to the legal advocacy of Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, Eddie received a substantial settlement covering his medical expenses and providing compensation for the profound impact this life-altering accident had on him.
Common Types of Burns
The most common types of burns are thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns. While each type differs, they all have the potential to cause first, second, and third-degree burns.
- Thermal Burns: Thermal burns occur when hot objects, flames, steam, or scalding liquids come into direct contact with the skin. They can happen in various situations, such as kitchen incidents, vehicle collisions, or house fires.
- Chemical Burns: These burns result from exposure to strong acids or bases. Chemical burns can be particularly dangerous because the chemical continues to harm the body until fully removed. The eyes are especially vulnerable to chemical burns, which can lead to vision loss if not promptly and completely treated.
- Electrical Burns: Electrical burns occur from contact with electrical currents, and their severity depends on the current's strength and duration of exposure. High levels of electrical current can lead to damage to major organs.
Understanding Burn Injury Severity
To better comprehend the extent of burn injuries, it's helpful to categorize them into three main levels:
- First-Degree Burns: These burns affect only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). Victims typically experience pain, mild discomfort, swelling, and skin reddening. First-degree burns are generally minor and typically heal within a week, with sunburn as a common example.
- Second-Degree Burns: Second-degree burns penetrate both the epidermis and the second skin layer (dermis). Victims often endure severe pain, scarring, blisters, and skin whitening. In some cases, a skin graft may be necessary for proper treatment.
- Third-Degree Burns: These burns devastate both the first and second skin layers and can cause nerve damage, resulting in a loss of sensation. Skin affected by third-degree burns may appear dry, leathery, charred, and splotchy. Infection risk is a significant concern, making skin grafts a crucial part of treatment.
Groups at Higher Risk
While burn injuries can affect anyone, certain groups are at a higher risk, including the elderly, who may have slower reaction times, and young children, who are naturally curious and inexperienced with hot objects.
Several items within your home can pose burn injury risks, including:
- malfunctioning kitchen appliances
- faulty water heaters
- poorly labeled cleaning supplies
- defective electrical wiring
Recovery and Legal Options
Burn injury treatment has both short and long-term effects, often involving painful procedures like skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries. If your burn injury resulted from someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation, covering medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost wages.
Why Consult with a
Burn Injury Attorney?
Seeking guidance from an experienced burn injury attorney can significantly impact your case. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process efficiently and effectively. We will assist you in making informed decisions about your ongoing medical care and work tirelessly to prove the long-term consequences of your burn injury.
At LPM, we work tirelessly to ensure that your claim is substantiated, your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact us today to discuss your situation and chart the path to the justice you seek.
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