FAQs After a Severe Burn Accident
Burn injuries can result in permanent scars—both physical and psychological. If you’ve suffered a catastrophic burn injury in Houston, it’s important to not only seek medical attention but to seek legal counsel with a personal injury attorney in Houston as well. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may qualify for financial compensation.
Read on to learn how to consult with an expert Houston burn injury lawyer for free and to discover what recourse you may have after your severe burn accident in Houston.
How Common Are Serious Burn Injuries in the U.S.?
According to the American Burn Association, there are approximately 1.1 million burn injuries annually in the U.S. that necessitate medical attention. It is estimated that 50,000 of these burn injuries require hospitalization and 4,500 of these burn injuries are fatal. And as many as 10,000 Americans die each year as a result of burn-related infections.
What Causes Most Burn Injuries in America Each Year?
The American Burn Association states that nearly half (46%) of burn injuries in America are caused by contact with fire or flame. Scalding injuries account for the next highest percentage of burns—32%—and occur whenever a person is hurt by steam or hot liquids.
Thermal burns, which make up 8% of burn accidents, happen as a result of contact with hot objects. Electrical burns, chemical burns, and other burns can cause devastating injuries as well—though they are less common.
When Can I sue for Negligence After a Burn Injury?
Legally, negligence occurs when a person or company fails to act with the level of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances. This definition applies both to actions and to the failure to act. If your burn was caused by another party’s reckless actions or by their failure to take reasonable precautions to keep you safe, you may very well have grounds for a successful negligence claim.
Negligence resulting in burn injuries may look like:
- A property owner’s failure to install working smoke detectors in their building
- An appliance manufacturer who produced a defective product that caused a fire
- A product manufacturer not conducting proper testing on their product to prevent burns
- A clothing manufacturer failing to ensure their garment meets flammability standards
- A hotel owner who allowed their water system to produce scalding water
- And more
You may be unsure as to whether or not negligence played a role in your burn injury. Fortunately, personal injury attorneys who specialize in burn accidents can help you.
They will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine which parties may be held liable, and can tell you whether or not you qualify to receive compensation for your losses. But it’s important to act quickly, and to speak with an attorney before you waive any of your rights following an accident.Ready to Consult with a Lawyer? Contact our Houston Attorneys at Carabin Shaw Today
If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury, we want to help you however we can. Our Houston attorneys at Carabin Shaw are specialists when it comes to burn accident claims in the state. Our team of Houston burn injury lawyers has 200 years of combined legal experience, and we’ve been helping accident victims in Texas for more than two decades. And because your initial consultation is completely free of charge, you have nothing to lose by calling us today.Free Case Review
So call our Houston office today at 800-862-1260 to schedule your free consultation and case review with a personal injury attorney in Houston, and to find out how the right attorney can help you after a serious burn accident.