Burn Injury Lawyers

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Serving Clients Who Suffer Severe Burns in and around Houston, Texas

Burns are one of the most debilitating injuries anyone can suffer. Not only do they result in serious, chronic pain, but they can also cause severe mobility issues, emotional and psychological trauma, and more. The lifetime cost of treating serious burns is extensive, and many victims never fully recover.

Many cases of burn injury are the result of another party’s negligence. If you or a loved one suffered severe burns, the attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law will meticulously and strategically build a catastrophic injury claim on your behalf and mercilessly pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.

For a free case review, please call (713) 999-6666 or contact Patrick Daniel Law online today. Our lawyers serve burn injury victims in Houston and throughout Texas, as well as clients nationwide.

What Causes Burn Injuries?

Although most people associate burns with fires, they actually have a number of different causes. These include:

  • Thermal burns resulting from exposure to fire, a hot object, steam, or scalding with hot water
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals, including fumes and particulate matter
  • Electrocution
  • Radiation exposure
  • Friction burns

Our lawyers have tried claims on behalf of clients who have suffered burn injuries as a result of:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents, including claims involving tanker trucks and vehicles hauling hazardous materials
  • Motorcycle accidents
    • Victims of motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are at risk of road rash, a type of friction burn
  • Defective product claims, including:
    • Defective vehicle components, particularly components impacting the engine and fuel systems
    • Electrocutions, overheating, and fires from defective electronics and appliances
    • Flammable clothing
    • Fuel geysering from power tools and defective farm equipment
  • Aviation accidents
  • Industrial and workplace accidents
  • Maritime and refinery accidents, including fires and explosions

Our founder and principal attorney, Patrick Daniel, achieved one of the top 5 verdicts of the year in a defective product case where our client sustained serious burn injuries, including burn encephalopathy (damage to the brain resulting from severe burns).

Caring for a Burn Injury

How Are Burns Classified?

The severity of burns is determined according to a scale that reflects the depth of damage. The classifications of a burn are:

  • First degree: Only impacts the surface of the skin. Generally equivalent to a sunburn.
  • Second degree: Impacts the epidermis (surface layer of the skin) and the dermis (the underlying layer of skin).
  • Third degree: Penetrates to the fatty layer beneath the dermis. May result in nerve and blood vessel damage.
  • Fourth degree: Penetrates all layers of skin and fat, damaging muscle and other tissue.

Symptoms of a burn injury vary from redness and slight discomfort (as in a first-degree burn) to blistering of the skin, extreme pain, and increased risk of infection (as seen in third-degree burns).

Treatment for Burn Injuries

The severity of the burn will also dictate the treatment required. Most burns are treatable through a visit to the doctor and/or first aid at home. However, burns that are deep or widespread are a medical emergency.

Victims with serious burns may require multiple surgeries to remove damaged tissue and prevent complications, as well as place skin grafts and reduce scarring. Hospitalization may be necessary until the victim’s condition stabilizes, after which he or she may be transferred to a burn center for specialized care.

Recovery from burns is long and arduous. Victims may need physical therapy to assist with issues affecting mobility (particularly if the burns are on the arms and legs or affect the joints). Occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation may be necessary if the injuries affect the ability to perform everyday tasks or job-related activities.

Many burn victims require psychological counseling to cope with both the trauma of the injury and, depending on the location and severity of the burn, the impact on their appearance.

The cost and extent of treatment and ongoing rehabilitation is overwhelming for burn injury victims and their families. If you or somebody you love was severely burned as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Compensation in Burn Injury Cases

The damages in cases involving serious burn injuries are often extensive. As such, your claim should take into account all of the losses you and your loved ones have suffered.

Compensation may be available for damages including:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Income you will miss, if your ability to earn a living is affected
  • Damage to your home, vehicle, and other property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium, care, and guidance

Tragically, severe burns may prove fatal, either due to the severity of the injury or as a result of infection and other complications. If this worst-case scenario impacts your family, Patrick Daniel Law can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.

Damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death burn injury claim include:

  • Medical expenses prior to death
  • Lost income and other financial contributions your loved one provided
  • Funeral and burial or cremation expenses
  • Loss of consortium, care, and guidance
  • Emotional anguish
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering

Whether you suffer severe, life-altering injury as a result of burns or lose a loved one, it is important to have an experienced legal team on your side. Patrick Daniel Law mercilessly pursues the maximum compensation you and your family deserve.

Fires Caused by Car Accidents and Defective Vehicles

Investigating Burn Injury Claims

The origin of a fire, explosion, or other circumstance resulting in burns is not always as straightforward as it seems. For example, fires sometimes occur in car accidents, but the reason for the fire may be a defective part.

Corporations will always try to argue that an injury is the fault of the consumer, not their product. If a defective product causes a house fire in which you suffer burns, the manufacturer will claim that you misused or modified the product, which caused it to malfunction.

Liability in workplace accidents is often complicated because of the routine presence of flammable materials and hazardous chemicals in some workplaces, such as refineries, farms, warehouses, and more. In addition, workers’ compensation in Texas is a “no-fault” system that limits the ability of employees to sue their employers for injury.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial to hire a lawyer if you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury. The cause of your injury and the party or parties at fault may be complicated, and you need experienced legal counsel to determine what happened and hold those responsible to account for your injuries and losses.

Burn injury cases are often further complicated by the loss of crucial evidence as a result of fires and explosions. We will enlist experts in fire science and other fields to examine and reconstruct the scene to determine the mechanism and order of events that led to your injury.

Sometimes multiple parties may be responsible for your injuries. Defective product claims frequently require us to take action against several different companies involved in the manufacture, design, and sale of a dangerous product.

Similarly, in workplace accidents involving fires, explosions, and chemical burns, the company that manufactures a dangerous product or substance may be liable, as well as any parties that negligently transport or store the material. This may include your employer, if the company fails to abide by workplace safety regulations.

In all of these circumstances, Patrick Daniel Law will meticulously gather evidence in your case and develop an effective, individualized legal strategy to attain the compensation you deserve. We are merciless in our efforts to recover the full extent of damages in your case.

Contact Our Burn Injury Lawyers in Houston Today

If you or a loved one sustains burn injuries at home, in a vehicle, or at work, you likely don’t know where to turn. The extent of treatment, the length of the recovery time, and the cost of current and future bills is overwhelming. Patrick Daniel Law is here to assist you in your time of need.

We understand the complexities of burn injury cases, as well as the upheaval they cause for victims and their families. Our team has achieved significant recoveries in claims involving severe burns, and we will draw upon this experience and history of victories to help you, too.

For a free case review, please call Patrick Daniel Law at (713) 999-6666 or contact us online today. Our burn injury lawyers serve clients in the greater Houston area and all of Texas, as well as throughout the nation.

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