Howry Breen & Herman is so proud to have represented so many men, women, and children who have fought to recover from burn injuries, one of the most devastating and painful types of injury, securing record-setting settlements along the way.
Many accidents lead to severe, catastrophic burns. Oilfield accidents, defective products, premises liability and even car crashes can all result in extensive burns that permanently alter the victim’s life. Catastrophic burns are extensive in nature and often lead to further complications, such as infection, low body temperature, problems breathing, and scarring. These injuries require immediate and extensive medical treatment and often result in serious physical and emotional consequences.
Unfortunately, burn injuries commonly occur as a result of negligence. When this is the case, you may be able to hold the negligent parties accountable for your damages and pain and suffering. At Howry Breen & Herman, we help victims of negligence fight for a full, fair recovery. Our team of Austin burn injury lawyers has been serving clients in Austin and Georgetown since 1995; find out how we can help you with your complex catastrophic injury case today.
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Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are categorized according to severity. Generally speaking, the more severe a burn, the more treatment it will require. Very severe burns also pose a higher risk of related complications.
The different types of burns are as follows:
- First-Degree Burns: The mildest type of burn, first-degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin (epidermis). First-degree burns usually result in redness of the affected area and minor pain.
- Second-Degree Burns: Second-degree burns are moderate burns that affect both the upper layer of skin (epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (dermis). Second-degree burns usually result in pain, redness, and blistering.
- Third-Degree Burns: The most severe type of burns, third-degree burns affect the upper and lower layers of skin, as well as the muscles, tissues, and sometimes bones beneath the skin. These burns often result in whitened or blackened skin and very high levels of pain.
Regardless of the type, all burns can result in other related injuries. Often, burns cause extreme pain, blisters, swelling, and/or damaged or peeling skin. In certain cases, an individual may experience shock, which can lead to dangerously low blood pressure. Burns can also be permanent and cause scarring, disfigurement and physical impairment that lasts a lifetime.
When Are Burns Caused by Negligence?
Burns are a fairly common result of many different types of accidents. When these accidents are caused by negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for his or her burn injuries.
Some examples of how negligence can lead to burn injuries include:
- A distracted driver hits a motorcyclist, causing the motorcyclist to hit the ground where he suffers road rash and burn injuries.
- An explosion at a construction site or oilfield causes a fire that leaves several workers with extensive burns.
- A defective electronic device sparks when it is plugged into an outlet, causing the user to burn her hand.
- Unsafe electrical wiring at a hotel causes a fire the results in multiple people suffering severe burn injuries.
- A product that uses fuel is involved in an accident, spilling fuel that catches fire and burns a victim.
These are just a few ways in which negligence can lead to burn injuries. There are countless other ways that burns can directly or indirectly result from another person, company, or entity’s careless or reckless actions. If you believe your injuries were caused by negligence, reach out to our firm as soon as possible to discuss your options with an experienced burn injury attorney in Austin.
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Our team of highly skilled litigators can help you take action against negligent parties. We understand how difficult and daunting the legal process can seem, which is why we offer personalized guidance and compassionate legal counsel every step of the way. We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
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