Houston Burn Injury Lawyer

Morrow & Sheppard LLP is privileged to represent injured persons who suffer serious burn injuries as the result of another party’s wrongful conduct or negligence. Southeast Texas residents who have suffered burn injuries caused by the negligence of another person or party need to understand their legal options and should consider speaking with a reliable Houston burn injury lawyer to learn more. Failing to discuss your legal rights may result in them being jeopardized by a corporation, employer, or insurance company.

U.S. Fire Statistics

There are nearly a half million burn injuries every year, according to the American Burn Association. Nearly 50,000 people require hospitalization yearly as a result of fires.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die in fires every year. Most die in residential fires, but hundreds die in vehicle crash fires or in industrial explosions.

Aside from physical and emotional scars, complications from burns include:

  • Blood loss
  • Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Infections including tetanus
  • Hypothermia – dangerously low body temperature
  • Hypovolemia – too much blood loss
  • Shock

Common Causes of Fire

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment is leading cause of home fire injuries and home structure fires. Other causes of fire include:

  • Appliances
  • Chemicals and gases
  • Consumer products such as surge protectors, extension cords, and consumer electronics
  • Electrical wiring and components
  • Equipment failure, especially work-related heavy machinery and electrical equipment
  • Explosions

If you were harmed in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may seek compensation for your injuries by hiring a seasoned Houston burn injury lawyer. Morrow & Sheppard LLP is a premier plaintiff’s rights law firm located in Houston, TX and has helped many clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries throughout Texas. A free, confidential legal consultation is available to discuss the specifics of your case.

What Causes Chemical Burns?

When most people think of burns, they think of fire. But exposure to certain chemicals and substances can also result in severe burn injuries. This frequently occurs in the context of work injuries.

Common sources of chemical burns include:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Car battery acid
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaning products
  • Dimethyl sulfate
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Lye
  • Lime
  • Silver nitrate
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sulfur mustard

Chemical burns can result in several symptoms, including:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood pressure drops
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Types of Burn Injuries

Burns are classified by degree:

  • First Degree – only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) is affected. It is usually red and very painful; healing may occur in days or weeks; the skin dies and peels away; the injured party may be hospitalized for pain and fluid imbalance.
  • Second Degree – epidermis and dermis involved; pink or red; painful; appears wet; wound blanches (turns white) when touched; may be loss of sensation; skin grafting may be required; takes weeks, months, or longer to heal.
  • Third Degree – all layers of skin are destroyed; tissue below the skin is affected; areas will appear black or white; will be dry, not wet; will not blanch; injury too severe to feel immediate pain.
  • Fourth Degree – burn extends into muscle and bone.

All types of burn injuries have the potential to leave victims prone to the risk of nerve damage, shock, and infections. For this reason, it is always a good idea to seek medical treatment immediately after sustaining a burn injury. After receiving medical treatment, contact a personal injury attorney in Houston, TX. He or she will take a look at the specifics of your case and advise you on how to best move forward with an injury claim.

Burn Injury Treatments

Treatment for burns depends on their extent and nature, but may include:

  • Counseling
  • Lifecare including admission to nursing home or other care facility
  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery including skin grafts

Discuss Your Legal Options with a Houston Burn Injury Attorney

Burn injuries almost always result in serious injury or death. If your burn injury was caused by the negligence of another person or a company, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact us now for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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