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Burn accident lawyer

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious burn accident, the injury may keep you out of work for a long time and require multiple skin grafts and reconstructive surgery. You will need all the financial resources available to you. Burn injuries can occur in numerous ways, they are often a product of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, on the job accidents, defective products, and many more negligent situations. If you suspect that someone else’s carelessness or negligence caused your injury, you may have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault individual or business.

Our personal injury attorneys and staff at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., understand the impact that a serious burn injury can have on the life of the burn victim and his or her family. A burn accident may require the victim to undergo months of medical care and endure financial hardship. Our injury attorneys are committed to helping burn victims and their families regain financial stability and move forward after catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience. We will apply that experience to seek maximum compensation for you. If you have been injured through the negligence of others, you may seek compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to the spinal injury. Our attorneys honestly care about our clients and will walk you through every step of your case.

Take immediate action by contacting a burn injury lawyer at our Corpus Christi office or at our McAllen office. Schedule a free case evaluation today.

How Our Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help

Our Corpus Christi burn injury attorneys will review the specifics of how your burn injury occurred, answer your questions and discuss your legal options. Once we have an understanding of how the accident happened and the extent of your injuries, we can offer an idea of whether you have a valid personal injury claim and, if so, the value of your case. Understanding your legal rights after being severely burned will allow you to decide how to proceed.

If our attorneys at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. handle your burn accident claim, we will:

Burn injury responsibilityInvestigate the accident and identify all potentially responsible parties;
Locate the insurance policies available to provide compensation;Locate the insurance policies available to provide compensation;
Calculate your losses to date and estimate future losses related to your burn injury including medical bills, loss of income, future surgeries, loss of future earnings, and other losses;Calculate your losses to date and estimate future losses related to your burn injury including medical bills, loss of income, future surgeries, loss of future earnings, and other losses;
Negotiate with insurance companies for a full settlement of your burn injury claim;Negotiate with insurance companies for a full settlement of your burn injury claim;
File a burn injury lawsuitFile a burn injury lawsuit after consultation with the client and seek justice in the Texas courts if a fair insurance settlement cannot be obtained.

If you or your loved one has sustained a severe burn injury in South Texas, you will need the help of a committed and experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for you to receive full compensation.

Types of Burn Injuries

Severe burns can occur in many types of accidents.

The types of burn injuries include:

  • Contact burns
  • Thermal burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Radiation burns
  • Chemical burns.

Our attorneys represent accident victims who have sustained serious injuries in the following types of accidents:

contact burns
Contact burns occur from contact with hot objects such as touching a hot household appliance, picking up a hot pan or spilling hot liquid such as hot grease on your skin. A contact burn may cause severe injury if there is extended contact between the hot object and the skin. Surgery may be required to close a contact burn wound.
thermal or heat burns
Thermal burns include scalds by steam or hot liquids, contact with open flames, sunburns, and burns from radiation equipment.
electrical burns
Electrical burns may occur if a person touches energized electrical wiring and receives a shock or if high voltage electrical current arcs. Electrical burns generally occur in workplaces. Low voltage currents can cause deep contact burns and cause irregular heart rhythms. High voltage electrical burns can leave extensive tissue damage and cause the loss of limbs.
radiation burns
Radiation burns—Medical equipment such as X-ray machines, tanning beds and radiation therapy may cause radiation burns.
chemical burns
Chemical burns involve damage to tissue from exposure to hazardous chemicals such as strong acids. Breathing chemicals released in smoke can cause injury to the windpipe and the lungs and breathing problems. Severe chemical burns can lead to disability or death. The risk of sustaining a chemical burn is higher in workplaces such as manufacturing plants that use large amounts of chemicals. But chemical burns can occur at home or school as well as at work.

You should visit a doctor if a burn wound covers your hands, feet, buttocks, a major joint, or a large area of the body. Scar tissue from burn injuries around joints can limit your mobility. You should also visit a doctor if you were burned by electrical shock or exposure to chemicals.

Classification of Burn Injuries

Evaluating whether a burn is minor or severe involves determining the depth of the tissue damage. Burns are generally classified by the thickness of the damaged tissue.

  • 1st Degree Burns
  • 2nd Degree Burns
  • 3rd Degree Burns
First-Degree burns such as minor sunburns cause pain and redness to the outer layer of skin. But first-degree burns do not cause blistering or damage to deeper layers of tissue. They typically heal within a few days. All first-degree burns are classified as minor.
Second-Degree Burns are referred to as partial thickness burns and the burn wounds often appear shiny and wet. They affect the skin surface and the underlying layer of skin known as the dermis. Second-degree burns may be caused by sunburn, scalding liquids, flames, electricity or chemicals. Deep second-degree burns may cause severe pain and leave scarring. Second-degree burns that cover less than 10 percent of the body are classified as minor, while those covering more than 10 percent of the body may be classified as moderate or severe.
Third-degree burns, also known as full thickness burns, affect deeper tissue and may result in charred skin and damage to nerves. Patients with third-degree burn injuries require surgery and special care. A burn victim who has burns over a significant portion of his or her body may spend weeks or months in a special burn intensive care unit. Severe burns can make the victim vulnerable to serious infections. The goal is to achieve the best cosmetic and functional outcome using skin grafts from unburned parts of the patient’s body. All third-degree burns covering more than 1 percent of the body are classified as moderate, or in most cases, severe burns.
Compensation for Burn Victims

Seeking compensation for your burn injuries requires showing how your wounds have affected your life and limited your earning capacity. Documentation of your burn injuries and medical treatment will be gathered to build your case for compensation. At Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., we team up with medical experts and document your burn injuries through a day-in-the-life narrative.

We will seek compensation for:

  • Payment for past and future medical expenses: Burn victims often require surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. Many victims of severe burns require multiple skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
  • Lost income and lost earning capacity: A burn injury may leave you unable to handle the physical demands of your former job and reduce your earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering: Burn may cause severe pain and you may seek compensation for your physical pain and suffering.
  • Mental Anguish: A burn injury may be devastating. Burn injury patients may experience emotional distress and depression as they face physical changes and disfigurement caused by the burn injury. Many burn injury victims may need professional counseling to cope with the extent of their injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for the many hours of mental anguish you have experienced.
  • Disfigurement: Severe burn injuries may cause disfigurement despite the best efforts of plastic surgeons to repair damages. It may cause a reduction in the enjoyment of life. You may be entitled to seek compensation for disfigurement.
  • Punitive damages: In some burn injury cases, punitive damages may be allowed to punish the defendant for outrageous behavior.
Contact Our Corpus Christi Burn Injury Attorneys

Call Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. to schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury lawyer and receive an explanation of your legal options after a burn injury caused by another person’s negligence. There is no charge for the consultation.

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