According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one million burn injuries occur here in the United States each year, and of those one million, roughly 4,500 people die. Burn injuries are far from uncommon, and oftentimes, they are entirely preventable. If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a San Angelo burn injuries lawyer from The Mathis Law Firm today to learn more about these injuries and how our firm can help you.
Burn Injuries Lawyer | Here for Victims in San Angelo, Texas
Burn injuries are often more than a painful experience–they’re often traumatic and can lead to long-term damages, such as scarring, disfigurement, or, in the worst cases, death. With a Tom Green County, Texas personal injury lawyer in your corner, you can maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you need to carry on with your life after sustaining a severe burn.
Where Burn Injuries Commonly Occur
Burn injuries can happen just about anywhere, and often, they happen in people’s homes or apartments, but there are certain professions where workers are more at risk of sustaining burns. They are as follows:
- Construction workers
- Oilfield workers
- Oil refinery plant workers
- Foodservice workers
Types of Burns
The three most common types of burns are as follows:
- Thermal: Thermal burns involve actual heat, such as fire, or even hotplates at restaurants handed down to patrons without warning. Thermal burns come in degrees, with first-degree burns being the most “mild,” while fourth-degree burns are the most severe.
- Chemical: Chemical burns occur when a person comes in contact with a corrosive substance. For example, cement, when not yet hardened, has a high pH that can easily burn a person’s skin if not quickly washed away.
- Electrical: Electrical burns occur when an electric current comes in contact with a person’s skin or body. These burns often occur when a person comes in contact with electrical wiring/equipment that is inadequately maintained. Frequently we see electrical burns occur on job sites, but they can happen virtually anywhere. For example, if you live in an apartment and your landlord fails to adequately maintain your apartment’s electrical wiring, you can suffer an electrical burn.
As long as we can prove that your burn injury was caused by the negligence of another, you should have a valid personal injury claim.
Burn injuries can be gruesome, and often, when people sustain them, they require compensation to cover the cost of their injury and to help them cope with the other non-monetary, yet very real damages they’ve incurred. Just some of the things financial compensation can help cover are as follows:
- Scarring or disfigurement
- The cost of surgeries
- The cost of hospital overnights
- The cost of medication
- Lost past and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- The cost of rehabilitation
Contact a Burn Injuries Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that if you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury due to no fault of your own, you need a seasoned attorney in your corner. Our firm is here to help. Contact The Mathis Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.