Even a minor burn can leave disfiguring scars on your face, hands or other parts of your body. Burns must be cared for very carefully to minimize the risk of infection which could lead to additional problems. Too often, burn victims are uncertain what the future may bring; many victims have to have repeated surgical procedures to minimize scarring and these procedures can mean weeks in the hospital and weeks of serious pain. When you are burned because someone acted in a negligent manner, we will hold them accountable for their actions or their lack of care.
The Danger of Burns
Severe burns are often catastrophic injuries that destroy lives. They can be caused by contact with electricity, hot objects, flames, scalding liquids, or chemicals. Burns can be the most painful of all injuries, but the damage they do goes far beyond the pain. Burns can cause permanent damage to vital organs and produce extensive contractures and scarring, resulting in severe physical disabilities, extreme deformity and disfigurement, emotional anguish, and psychological and social problems. Burn victims may also suffer inhalation injury and eye damage. Because these injuries can have severe long-term effects, it is important to seek out a skilled burn injury lawyer at Samples Ames who has handled cases involving serious burn injuries. We handle burn cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas.
Nearly all burns leave scars. These are especially damaging when they are on the face because they permanently change a person’s appearance, often causing a burn victim to avoid contact with other people, restricting the ability to function in the workplace or participate in social activities. This can lead to serious psychological issues, including anxiety, stress disorder, and in the worst cases severe clinical depression and suicide. When scarring occurs on a part of the body usually concealed by clothing, the victim may fare better in public but will often avoid intimate relationships which would reveal the disfigurement.
In many cases, burn injuries are caused by another person’s negligence in the workplace, the home, in another’s premises, and in auto crashes. In these cases, the victim may be able to recover monetary compensation for economic and quality-of-life damages with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Treatment of Burn Injuries
Burns are difficult to treat, and they have the risk of life-threatening complications, including infection, failure of skin grafts, breakdown of tissues, and chronic pain. The immediate goals in treating burn patients are to prevent shock and infection, to prevent additional injury, and to heal the wound as quickly as possible. Burns frequently require a series of costly and painful surgeries over a period of years to reduce contractures, improve the victim’s appearance, and limit loss of function. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological therapy are often required to help rehabilitate burn patients.
The typical cost for treatment of moderate burns runs in excess of $200,000. Severe burns without complications cost, on average, more than $1.5 million. Costs for treating severe burns with complications can exceed $10 million.
Keep in mind, even once you are released from the hospital after your initial injuries, you could be facing rehabilitation, additional surgical procedures for scarring, and daily pain. In some cases, you may need nursing care at home to care for the wounds.The person responsible for your burns should be bearing the financial burden associated with your treatment.
Burn Injury Statistics
Unfortunately, accidents that cause burn injuries are all too common. Consider the following statistics:
- 3,400 people die from burn-related injuries annually. Three-quarter of these deaths are because of infection
- Residential fires account for 2,550 of the fatalities, followed by approximately 300 from vehicle crash fires, 400 from contact with electricity, hot objects, or scalding liquids, and 150 from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires
- Approximately 450,000 burn injuries occur every year; 40,000 people receive hospital treatment for severe or catastrophic burn injuries annually; 30,000 of these are treated at specialized hospital burn centers such as Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are usually preventable and are often a consequence of some individual or company’s negligence. These are some of the causes of burns that are often the result of negligence:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous products
- Tanker explosions
- Boiler explosions
- Electrical fires
- Forest fires and wildfires
- Chemical burns
- Structural fires
- Hotel, restaurant, or nightclub fires
- Locked or obstructed fire exits
- Exposure to scalding water and steam
- Aviation accidents
Damages That Can Be Recovered From Burns Injury Claims
If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence or by a defective product, having a highly skilled personal injury attorney can make a huge difference in your ability to obtain the treatment you need to move on with your life. You are entitled to make a claim for compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include, among others:
- Expenses for medical treatment, surgeries, medication
- Cost of therapy and rehabilitation
- Loss of earnings and future earning capability
- Out-of-pocket expenses for transportation, child care, and other costs of traveling for medical treatment
- Medical or assistive devices or prostheses
Non-economic damages that you may be able to recover include:
- Physical suffering and pain
- Disability and loss of function
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Loss of ability to participate in marital relations
Retain the Best Lawyer Available for Your Burn Injury Case
Because of the high cost of treatment and the severity of quality-of-life damages, insurance companies will often use their extensive financial resources and sophisticated legal teams to fight paying catastrophic burn claims. To level the playing field, you will need to have the best personal injury attorney you can find to prepare your case and battle the insurance company on your behalf. The lawyers at Samples Ames PLLC have the skills, legal knowledge, financial resources, and commitment to justice required when fighting the insurance company for your right to a recovery.
Samples Ames PLLC accepts burn injury cases caused by negligence, product defects, or deliberate wrongdoing on a contingency basis, doing all the work to prepare a thoroughly documented and persuasive case—your case. You pay nothing until the resolution of your case, and if we don’t win your case, you will owe nothing.
When you work with the skilled burn injury attorneys at Samples Ames PLLC you can feel confident they will do everything possible to help secure a financial award on your behalf. Just because you have to live with the pain and scarring caused by a burn injury, you should not have to face insurmountable financial problems due to repeated surgical procedures and loss of wages. Call Samples Ames PLLC for a free case review at (817) 605-1505 and (469) 466-2600. If you do not consult with an attorney immediately, two years after your injuries you lose the right to file a lawsuit.