Burns – Fire, Electrical & Chemical: Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Welcome to Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys, a leading personal injury law firm in Denton, Texas. Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to helping individuals who have suffered burn injuries due to fire, electrical accidents, or chemical incidents. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that burn injuries can take on victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been affected by a burn injury, we are here to provide you with the compassionate legal representation you deserve.
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are among the most painful and devastating types of injuries an individual can experience. They can result in severe physical and emotional trauma, as well as long-term complications. Burns can occur in various settings, such as homes, workplaces, or public spaces. They can be caused by different factors, including fires, electrical malfunctions, or exposure to hazardous chemicals. Regardless of the cause, if you have suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
The Legal Process: How We Can Help You
When you choose Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys to handle your burn injury case, you can expect dedicated legal representation tailored to your specific needs. Here’s how we can assist you:
We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your case to determine liability and assess the potential value of your claim. Our team will gather evidence, review medical records, consult with experts, and analyze the circumstances surrounding your burn injury.
To successfully pursue a burn injury claim, it is crucial to establish liability. Our attorneys will investigate the accident, identify responsible parties, and gather evidence to prove their negligence or misconduct. We will build a strong case on your behalf to hold them accountable for your injuries.
Burn injuries can result in substantial damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs. Our experienced attorneys will meticulously calculate your damages to ensure you seek fair compensation for your losses.
Negotiation and Settlement:
We will skillfully negotiate with insurance companies and defense lawyers to pursue a favorable settlement. Our attorneys have a proven track record of achieving substantial settlements for burn injury victims. However, we are always prepared to take your case to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
If your case proceeds to trial, our trial-ready attorneys will provide vigorous representation in the courtroom. We will present compelling arguments, cross-examine witnesses, and fight tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys?
Experience and Expertise:
Our firm has a wealth of experience in handling personal injury cases, including burn injury claims. We have a deep understanding of the legal complexities involved and are well-equipped to navigate the intricacies of your case.
Compassionate and Personalized Approach:
We prioritize your well-being and recovery above all else. Our attorneys will provide the personal attention and support you need during this challenging time. We are committed to building a trusting attorney-client relationship based on empathy and understanding.
Proven Track Record:
Our firm has a track record of successfully resolving burn injury cases, securing substantial compensation for our clients. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively negotiate with insurance companies and present compelling arguments in court. Our past successes demonstrate our ability to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
Comprehensive Legal Support:
At Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys, we provide comprehensive legal support throughout the entire process. From the initial consultation to the final resolution of your case, our attorneys will guide you every step of the way. We will handle all the legal complexities, allowing you to focus on your recovery and well-being.
We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of burn injury victims. Our attorneys are known for their aggressive advocacy and unwavering commitment to obtaining justice for our clients. We will relentlessly pursue your case and work tirelessly to maximize your compensation.
We believe in putting our clients first. Your needs and best interests are at the forefront of everything we do. We will take the time to listen to your story, understand your unique circumstances, and tailor our legal strategies accordingly. You can trust that your case will receive the individualized attention it deserves.
No Upfront Fees:
We understand that burn injuries can result in financial burdens. To alleviate any additional stress, we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be required to pay any upfront fees. We only collect a fee if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultation. During this confidential meeting, you can discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys. We will evaluate the details of your situation, provide legal advice, and explain the options available to you.
Types of Compensation Available for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can have a profound impact on various aspects of your life. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the following:
This includes the cost of initial medical treatment, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care related to your burn injury.
If your burn injury has caused you to miss work or has resulted in a diminished earning capacity, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you have lost and the future income you may potentially lose.
Pain and Suffering:
Burn injuries can cause immense physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish. Compensation for pain and suffering aims to provide financial recovery for the non-economic impact of your injuries.
Disfigurement and Scarring:
Severe burns can lead to disfigurement and scarring, which can have lasting psychological and emotional effects. Compensation for disfigurement and scarring accounts for the physical and emotional toll they impose.
Rehabilitation and Therapy:
Burn injuries often require long-term rehabilitation, therapy, and counseling. Compensation can cover the costs associated with these services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health support.
Disability and Impairment:
If your burn injury has resulted in a disability or permanent impairment that affects your ability to perform daily activities or work, you may be eligible for compensation to account for the long-term consequences.
In cases where the responsible party’s conduct was particularly reckless or intentional, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages aim to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.
Remember, the specific types and amount of compensation you may be eligible for will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. Our experienced burn injury attorneys will work diligently to assess your damages accurately and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations for Burn Injury Cases
It is essential to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a burn injury claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations generally allows two years from the date of the injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit. However, there may be exceptions and variations depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. It is crucial to consult with an experienced burn injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
Determining Liability for Burn Injuries
When pursuing a burn injury claim, one crucial aspect is establishing liability. Identifying the responsible party or parties is essential to hold them accountable for their negligence or misconduct. At Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys, our experienced burn injury attorneys have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate your case and determine liability. Here are some key factors we consider:
Negligence refers to the failure to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm to others. In burn injury cases, it involves proving that the responsible party acted negligently or failed to take necessary precautions, leading to the burn incident. For example, in a fire-related burn, negligence can include inadequate fire safety measures or faulty electrical wiring.
In some cases, burn injuries may be caused by defective products, such as malfunctioning electrical appliances or faulty safety equipment. If a defective product contributed to your burn injury, we can explore a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the product.
If your burn injury occurred on someone else’s property, premises liability may come into play. Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions and warn visitors of any potential hazards. If they fail to do so and their negligence leads to a burn injury, they may be held liable for your damages.
In cases where burn injuries occur in the workplace, employer liability may apply. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and adhere to safety regulations. If your burn injury resulted from an employer’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
Sometimes, a third party unrelated to the victim’s immediate environment may be responsible for the burn injury. For instance, if a burn occurs due to a contractor’s negligence during a construction project, the contractor may be held liable.
Burn injuries can occur in public spaces or due to government-related activities. If your burn injury was caused by the negligence of a government entity or employee, specific rules and procedures may apply when seeking compensation. Our attorneys have the expertise to navigate the complexities of government liability claims.
Proving liability requires a comprehensive investigation, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, consulting with experts, and analyzing applicable laws and regulations. It is crucial to consult with an experienced burn injury attorney who can skillfully handle the legal aspects of determining liability and building a strong case on your behalf.
At Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys, we leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice for burn injury victims. We will diligently investigate your case, identify responsible parties, and gather the necessary evidence to establish their liability. Our experienced attorneys will leverage their expertise and resources to hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries and seek the compensation you deserve.
Navigating the legal complexities of determining liability can be overwhelming on your own. Let our dedicated team of attorneys provide the guidance and support you need. Contact Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation and discuss the details of your burn injury case.
Every year, an average of nearly 500,000 people seek medical treatment for injuries and scarring caused by burns. An average of 3,000 to 4,000 people tragically lose their life from burn injuries every year. Even with first-rate medical care and attention, burn victims often experience permanent injury, including disfigurement, permanent scarring and the inability to function normally. Additionally, burn injuries are some of the most painful and emotionally devastating injuries that a person can sustain. They can lead to a lifetime of complications including pain, suffering and psychological issues for the victim, as well as their family.
Burns are typically categorized as one of four types, depending upon the severity of the burn:
· First-Degree burns are the most mild form of burn injury, and result in only pain and reddening of the outer layer of skin (also known as the epidermis).
· Second-Degree burns are more severe, and effect both the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (the dermis). Second-degree burns usually result in severe pain, swelling, blistering, and irritation of the skin.
· Third-Degree burns are the most severe kind of burns, and go through both the epidermis and dermis (outer and inner layer of skin). Third-Degree burns affect the deeper tissue of the body, and usually result in charred or blackened skin. Healing time for a third-degree burn can easily take several months to more than a year. Additionally, these type of burns often result in permanent scarring that will never go away. Plastic surgery can sometimes help to reduce to the appearance of these scars, but many will always remain.
· Fourth-Degree burns extend through both layers of skin, and deep into the underlying fat, muscle, and bone. These burns often result in functional impairment, permanent disability, and sometimes even death. Nerve endings are destroyed, and skin, tendons, muscles, and bones are often damaged beyond repair. Organ damage is also common. Obviously, the result of a fourth-degree burn (if the person is lucky enough to survive) is catastrophic, and can cause both physical and psychological injuries that will almost certainly remain with a person for the rest of their life.
· In addition, although not commonly referenced, burns can be classified as Fifth and Sixth-Degree, as well. These types of burn injuries generally include all of the above damage, and more. These burns can often result in the death of a person.
According to recent studies, most burns are caused by an external source classified as Thermal (heat-related), Chemical, Electrical and Radiation.
Thermal Burns from fire and hot liquids are the most common types of burn injuries in the United States. House fires are some of the most frequent causes of injuries and deaths of this nature. People inside a home are often inured, as well as firefighters attempting to extinguish a fire or save another person trapped in a home.
Scalding is another form of Thermal burns, and is often caused by hot liquids, bath water that has become dangerously over-heated, cooking oil, or steam. Injuries involving scalding are most common among children under 5 years old, and generally result in first or second-degree burns. Third and fourth-degree burns are less common, but certainly possible.
Chemical Burns cause approximately 5 to 15% of all burns, and can contribute to as many as 40% of all serious burn-related injuries and deaths. Common causes of chemical burns include toxic acids commonly found in household cleaners, bleach and paint solvents. These acids can cause very deep burns which may not produce immediate symptoms. It is important that burns of this type are carefully monitored long after the initial contact is made. Additionally, certain acids can break down and destroy red blood cells, leading to serious complications, including death.
Electrical Burns are caused by exposure to high voltage, and are often caused by faulty electrical cords and outlets. Children are often inured by these kinds of burns. Bone fractures, dislocations, and muscle damage can often accompany burns of this kind. In addition, contact with both high and low voltage can result in heart conditions, and even cardiac arrest.
Radiation Burns are often caused by extended or over-exposure to ultraviolet light. Tanning beds, welding equipment, and X-ray equipment often cause these types of burns. The most common cause of radiation burns is sun exposure. Failure of companies to provide proper sun protection (either through the use of sunscreen, sun-shielding equipment and clothing, or protected work-areas) is often the reason for these kinds of burn injuries.
Non-Accidental Burns are generally recognized as those caused by the criminal actions of another. These can include child abuse, elder abuse, spousal abuse, or any other form of assault against another person. Domestic violence often results in non-accidental burns, as well.
Our Dallas/Fort Worth burn injury attorneys represent individuals who have been burned or experienced serious scarring due to:
Burn injuries can cause a wide array of injuries, ranging from a simple swelling to death. Surgery, skin grafts, and rehabilitation are all common with burn injuries. Victims often experience intense pain and suffering, and can have severe scarring and disfigurement which can last their entire lives. Cosmetic and plastic surgeries are often necessary in an attempt to address and repair extensive damage. The physical and emotional damage caused by burn injuries can be absolutely debilitating.
Prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and disability accommodations are often required to get a person back into everyday life. Of course, these can come at a very considerable cost. In addition, victims of burn injuries can experience severe psychological and emotional distress, and may suffer from things like Depression, Anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What Can the North Texas Burn Injury Attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC do for you?
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to fire, electrical accidents, or chemical incidents, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. The experienced burn injury attorneys at Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys are here to help you navigate the complex legal process, fight for your rights, and pursue the compensation you deserve.
With our compassionate approach, aggressive advocacy, and proven track record, you can trust that your case will be in capable hands. We are committed to helping you rebuild your life and secure a brighter future.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled burn injury attorneys. Let us provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. Remember, there are no upfront fees, and we only collect a fee if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Don’t delay—take the first step toward justice and compensation by contacting Chandler Ross Injury Attorneys today.
With offices in Denton, Tarrant and Dallas Counties, we are positioned to provide the most effective and highly-skilled representation possible. Don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us today to see how we can help you. In most cases, you pay nothing unless you win. Contact Us now at (940)-800-2500 to schedule your free personal injury case evaluation and consultation