Houston Burn Injury Lawyers
Did you suffer severe burns in an accident caused by someone else? If so, the Houston burn injury lawyers of Williams Hart are here to help. Few types of injuries result in the kind of pain and suffering that burn injuries can cause. Victims of these accidents not only deal with agonizing pain, but many are forced to cope with disfigurement, disability, and the daily emotional challenges created by these injuries.
If you or your loved suffered a severe burn injury as the result of another party’s negligence, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. The skilled personal injury attorneys of Williams Hart have been helping burn injury victims throughout the Houston area for more than a quarter-century.
Our many verdicts and settlements for clients include $6.36 million recovered for a man severely burned in an industrial accident and $6.15 million recovered for an individual burned as a result of a fire at a plant. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (800) 220-9341 to take advantage of a free consultation.
Do I Need A Burn Injury Lawyer?
Many burn injury victims do not have a clear timetable for their recovery. Faced with massive medical bills, many people are unfortunately all-too-willing to accept whatever settlement amount an insurance company may offer.
Victims need to understand that insurers are not concerned with the long-term health of the people who have liability claims. Instead, they are only concerned with paying as little as possible to resolve them and move on.
The first significant benefit of working with an attorney for a burn injury victim is that the lawyer will have a far better understanding of the actual value of the victim’s injury claim. An attorney can work to make sure that any settlement includes all of a victim’s past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and other considerations.
A lawyer can handle all conversations with insurance companies on your behalf and can also take care of any paperwork and court filings and appearances that may be required. Because money is so frequently a significant concern for some victims debating whether to retain legal counsel, it is also important to note that Williams Hart represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us one cent unless you obtain a monetary award.
Why Choose Williams HartTo Handle My Case?
When you work with Williams Hart, you will be working with a team of attorneys who have made a moral commitment to helping members of the community. Our firm has been fighting for people injured by the negligence of other parties for more than 25 years. The record of success for Williams Hart speaks for itself, with several multimillion-dollar (and even billion-dollar) verdicts and settlements. You can be certain that our lawyers will work to get you every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to.
Our firm handles cases of all sizes and has represented clients from all over the country. John Eddie Williams, Jr. and Steven J. Kherkher are both Board Certified in personal injury trial law.
Types of Burn Injury Cases We Handle
All burn injuries involve damage to layers of the skin, but the injuries can vary in type and severity. Generally, the five types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal Burns — Caused by contact with flame, hot objects, hot liquid, or steam.
- Chemical Burns — Caused by contact with acidic substances. Also referred to as alkali burns.
- Electrical Burns — Caused by contact with an electrical current.
- Radiation Burns — Caused by exposure to thermal radiation, ultraviolet light (UV rays), or ionizing radiation.
- Friction Burns — Caused by skin rubbing against a rough surface.
When a person has suffered a burn injury, the injury is usually classified into one of three degrees:
- First-Degree Burns — Superficial burn of only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). Sunburn is perhaps the most common first-degree burn, and such injuries usually heal on their own within a matter of days.
- Second-Degree Burns — Damage to not only the epidermis but also the layer beneath it (dermis). May cause blistering and could involve skin grafts (skin transplantation from another area of the body). Second-degree burns can result in possible scarring and usually take several weeks to heal.
- Third-Degree Burns — Full thickness burn that damages or destroys both layers of skin and extends through the dermis into sweat glands and underlying tissues. Skin grafting is always required for third-degree burns, and additional surgery may be required with no definitive timetable for recovery.
People may also suffer fourth-degree burns (which extend into the fat), fifth-degree burns (which extend into the muscle), or sixth-degree burns (which extend into the bone). All three of these types of higher degree burns usually result in catastrophic damage.
Accidents that Result in Burn Injuries
Victims may suffer burn injuries in any one of a number of possible accidents. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Truck Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Plant/Refinery Accidents
- Oil Rig Accidents
- Offshore Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
When a person suffers serious burn injuries in an accident that is caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another person, that party can be liable to the victim for all damages resulting from the injuries they sustained.
Frequently Asked Questions About Burn Injuries
If you or someone close to you has suffered a severe burn injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, it is only natural to have questions about what to do next. The burn injury lawyers of Williams Hart are here to help answer your questions when you call us at (800) 220-9341. We have also provided the following answers to some frequently asked questions below:
The Wallace rule of nines (often referred to simply as the Rule of Nines) is a tool used by medical professionals to estimate the total body surface area (BSA) affected by a burn. The Rule of Nines affixes a percentage value to some areas of the body for adults and children such that medical professionals can quickly calculate how much of the body was affected by looking at the surrounding values on the Rule of Nines chart. The chart is so named because a majority of the body parts listed involve 9 percent BSA damage, but an entire back or either leg represents 18 percent, and a groin burn is 1 percent.
Autologous or autographs involve donor skin that is taken from a different site on the victim’s body. Isogeneic, isografts, or syngrafts involve donors and victims who are genetically identical. Allogeneic or allografts involve donors and victims of the same species. Xenogeneic, xenografts, or heterografts involve donors and victims of different species. Prosthetic grafts involve lost tissue being replaced with synthetic materials.
Burn injury victims may be referred to any center that specializes in treating people with these kinds of injuries. A burn center clearly focuses on burn injury victims, but other centers may include inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation facilities as well as skilled nursing facilities. A rehabilitation plan may consist of physical therapy that focuses on physical impairments and occupational therapy that focuses on everyday activities. Some rehabilitation efforts may also include speech-language pathology.
Most burn injuries involve two levels of pain. The most agonizing pain is typically experienced during dressing changes, wound cleansing, or rehabilitation therapy. Beyond that is an underlying background pain that is more tolerable but still present. Medical professionals and care centers often administer multiple types of medication to reduce both of these pain levels, but it is often impossible to eliminate all forms of pain associated with burn injuries.
Yes. Texas uses what is known as a modified comparative fault system of awarding damages, which means victims can recover so long as their percentage of responsibility is not greater than 50 percent. Under Chapter 33 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, a victim can only recover damages not attributable to their own negligence. For example, a person who is awarded $100,000 but is found to have been 25 percent at fault for their injuries would have the award reduced by $25,000 and ultimately receive $75,000.
Burn Injury Statistics
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), 486,00 burn injuries in the United States required medical treatment in 2016. There were 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries, and 30,000 were at hospital burn centers.
The ABA stated that more than 60 percent of acute hospitalizations in the United States related to burn injury were admitted to 128 burn centers, which now average over 200 annual admissions. The other 4,500 acute care hospitals in the country average less than three burn admissions per year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person died in a fire every 2 hours, and somebody was injured every 23 minutes in the United States in 2000. The CDC also stated that as many as 10,000 people die every year of burn-related infections.
Contact a Houston Burn Injury Attorney Today
Did you or your loved one suffer severe burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence? Do not speak to any insurance company until you have legal counsel.
Williams Hart can fight to make sure you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled. Call (800) 220-9341 or contact us online to set up a free consultation that will let our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.