Damages Available in an El Paso Burn Injury Case
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention every year in the United States. Of these burn victims, many will suffer severe long-term injury as a result of their burns. Three years ago, a nine-year-old boy from El Paso was one of these victims; 67% of his body was covered in burns after a bonfire explosion in his El Paso home. Because he received emergency medical care from a specialized burn unit in Lubbock, he has now regained mobility in his arms and legs.
Many El Paso burn victims have similar stories; severe wounds, prolonged treatments, escalating medical bills. If you have been injured in a burn accident caused by the negligence of others, a personal injury lawyer serving El Paso can help you to seek financial compensation for your damages.
Many burn victims are unaware of the full extent of damages they are eligible to claim. There are three main types of damages available in an El Paso burn injury case: physical, financial, and emotional. Your personal injury lawyer will help you to determine which damages you can claim in your burn injury case.Physical Damages after a Burn Injury
- Burn wounds are prone to becoming infected; these infections can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening complication triggered by widespread infection.
- Burns can cause hypertrophic scarring and keloid formations. Keloids are smooth, hard growths that grow over healed injuries. These formations often require surgery, either for cosmetic purposes or in order to regain mobility (severe scarring can affect victims’ joints and muscles).
- In the worst cases, complications resulting from burn injuries can result in premature death. If you have lost a loved one due to a burn injury, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
- Many burn injuries require extended stays in hospital burn units. These units provide round-the-clock care and specialized treatments. While it is necessary for burn victims to receive this attention, prolonged stays in burn units can become a major financial burden.
- You may require multiple surgeries to treat your burn injury. Depending on your insurance, you may be stuck with enormous copays.
- Many burn victims will require physical therapy in order to regain mobility after a burn accident. Not all insurance plans will cover the extensive costs of this long-term treatment.
- You may be temporarily or permanently unable to work after your burn injury. This not only affects your income but, potentially, your insurance status as well.
- Many burn victims are unaware that they can claim their pain and suffering as part of their damages. While these damages are not as concrete as financial costs, for example, they often affect burn victims and their families the most.
- Burn victims may experience PTSD or depression after their accident. Many victims also suffer emotional trauma caused by burn injuries that result in disfigurement.
- If you have lost a loved one to a burn injury, the grief you have suffered is likely greater than any financial cost. While a settlement could never replace your loved one, you still deserve financial compensation.
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe burn injury, you deserve financial compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional damages. The West Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw are here to help you win every penny you deserve. With nearly three decades of experience and a qualified team of personal injury lawyers serving El Paso, we have helped many El Paso burn victims and their families receive the help they need.Free Case Review
If you would like to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation and case review with an experienced Carabin Shaw burn injury attorney, call our office toll-free today at 915-779-2301 or fill out our online form.