Experienced Burn Injury Attorneys in Las Cruces NM
In 2020, the residents of Las Cruces NM faced their fair share of fires—RV fires, restaurant fires, home fires, mobile home fires, duplex fires, apartment fires, and even wildfires. Fires are only one cause which may lead to severe burn injuries, though. Victims of severe burns may also be suffering as the result of a product defect, a work injury, smoke inhalation, and more.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered a serious burn injury in New Mexico, contact a Las Cruces burn injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. While not every burn injury requires the assistance of an attorney, if your injury was caused by the negligence of another and has impacted your life, a personal injury lawyer in Las Cruces can help get you the justice and compensation you deserve.Types of Burn Injuries and Examples
Burn injuries are categorized into first-, second-, and third-degree burns, increasing in severity with third-degree burns being the most severe. Second and third-degree burns will warrant medical intervention and will often result in costly medical bills and lengthy recovery times for victims.
“Serious” burns can be identified as blistered skin on a victim’s face, hands or feet. They also include burns that extend through all layers of skin, reaching muscle and even bone. If you were taken into a hospital for a serious burn that may have resulted from the negligence of another, the New Mexico attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help.
Common severe burn injuries result from the following:Chemical Burn
Chemical burns occur when an individual comes into close contact with a harmful chemical, which also includes respiratory burns. Industrial jobs in construction, oil refineries, and chemical plants can be a source of chemical burns.
Eye injuries, nerve damage, and cancer are also common injuries resulting from contact with chemicals. When exposed to a dangerous chemical due to the negligence of another, you have the right to seek compensation.Electrical Burn
These burns result from contact with electricity, including contact with an exposed electrical source, contact with an electrical source that is in contact with water, lightning, etc.Thermal Burn
Thermal burns include contact with flames or fire. This category of burn also includes scalding, which results from heated fluids—like steam, boiling water, hot metals, etc.—coming into contact with skin.Smoke Inhalation
The top cause of deaths related to fires, smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in the products of combustion during a fire. Smoke inhalation may result in asphyxiation, respiratory distress, asthma, and more.
Experienced burn injury attorneys in Las Cruces NM can advise you on legal actions to take, given your specific situation, if you have been affected by any of the serious burns listed above. Injury claims have strict statute of limitations, or timeline by which you file your claim with the courts, so the sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer in Las Cruces, the better.Proving Negligence in a Burn Injury Claim
Usually the more severe a burn, the more damage has been done to the victim’s life (past, present, and future). While physical damage is usually easy to prove via bills for hospital stays and missed income, negligence is more difficult. The New Mexico attorneys at Carabin Shaw have decades of experience helping victims like you prove negligence, and will build a strong case on your behalf.
To prove negligence in a personal injury claim, it must be illustrated that the defense (the at-fault party):
- Owed the victim a duty of care
- Breached that duty by acting or failing to act
- 3Caused harm or injury to the victim
- The victim was harmed as a direct result of the defendant’s actions or inactions
The Las Cruces burn injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw are ready to help New Mexico victims. If you or a loved one were recently impacted by a serious burn injury, contact our lawyers as soon as possible.
At Carabin Shaw, we offer a free, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your case. Fill out our online contact form or call us toll free at 800-862-1260.