Types of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can occur when there is a fire, explosion or motor vehicle accident. A burn injury is one of the most painful and horrific injuries that a person can sustain. Although a person may be alert and appear to survive they can later die from respiratory distress, shock, electrolyte imbalance and infection. Victims who survive burn injuries can suffer from debilitating injuries for the rest of life that may include severe pain, psychological distress, disfigurement, nerve injuries, loss of limbs and scarring. A burn is categorized into four different levels depending upon the nature of the burn:

  • First Degree Burn: Limited to the epidermis (first layer of skin). Generally results in minor pain and redness of the skin. Similar to a sunburn or if on face you may need to shave to find out if burned, to see check consult a doctor.
  • Second Degree Burn: May involve the superficial and deep dermis layer of skin. Blistering will most likely appear on skin and if nerve damage is involved it can be extremely painful.
  • Third Degree Burn: Subcutaneous tissue is severely damaged, causing the epidermis to become lost. A person will most likely also experience severe nerve damage, charring, scarring, loss of hair follicles/keratin and pain. A person with a third degree burn will also require skin grafts/skin reconstruction.
  • Fourth Degree Burn: This type of burn is almost always fatal, especially if a person develops compartment syndrome. A person with a fourth degree burn will experience catastrophic injuries that may include: loss of hypodermis tissue, damage to the muscle, tendons and ligament tissue as a result of charring. Skin grafting is necessary if a person does survive.

Please Note: A person with burn injuries can also suffer from heat, smoke and/or toxin inhalation injuries. All three can cause severe damage to a person’s internal organs and lungs. Many people with an inhalation injury only have a 10-15% survival rate.

Personal Injury Lawyer Helping Victims of Burn Injuries in Houston

A burn injury will require immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one have been injured and burned due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness and wrongdoing, do not waste any time to contact a Houston burn injury lawyer at our firm today. We are very familiar with your legal rights and if you retain our legal services we can help you obtain the medical care that you need and deserve immediately. We provide outstanding legal representation to all our clients on a contingency basis, meaning our legal services are free of charge, unless we reach a recovery or win a settlement on your behalf.

We have many years of legal experience representing victims and family members of victims who have been burned due to someone else’s negligence. We can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim on your behalf in the effort to recover damages for your losses. A victim or victims family may be entitled to monetary compensation for: medical expenses, future medical care, loss of wages, future loss of income, loss of benefits, loss of inheritance, mental anguish, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and funeral expenses.

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