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What Causes Burn Injuries in Texas

Not only are burn injuries extremely painful, they can also lead to permanent scarring, lifelong disabilities, and extensive financial losses due to required surgeries and other medical expenses. If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury in Amarillo, Texas, you may be in the process of looking for a qualified Amarillo burn injury lawyer. Or, you may be wondering whether or not an Amarillo personal injury attorney may be able to help you.

Regardless of your situation, read on to learn how the Texas burn injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help you understand your legal options in the wake of a fire or burn injury.

What Causes Burn Injuries in Texas and Nationwide?

Every year in America, there are 1.1 million burn injuries that require medical attention. But what commonly causes these injuries?

Some leading causes of burn injuries include:

  • Cooking Accidents

    The leading cause of house fires in the United States is cooking accidents. Between 2014 and 2018, US fire departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home fires every year that were caused by cooking.

  • Car Crashes

    Many people do not realize how often car crashes are associated with burn injuries. But after a crash, spilled fuel can result in a fire, or hot metal surfaces can cause scalding burns.

    Airbags are also a common cause of chemical burns, usually due to the sodium hydroxide contained in the aerosol that is created when the airbag is deployed.

  • Electrical Burns

    When a building’s wiring is not up to code, when outlets are overloaded, or when machinery malfunctions, serious electrical burns can occur, often resulting in tissue damage to the victim. These burns can happen at home or at work.

  • Chemical Burns

    Industrial workers, house cleaners, construction workers, and cosmetologists are just a few of the workers who are at a high risk for suffering chemical burns at work. If hazardous chemicals come into contact with the skin, they can cause devastating chemical burns that may lead to muscle damage, seizures, or even cardiac arrest.

  • Smoke Inhalation

    Not all burn injuries involve the skin—smoke inhalation during a fire is also a type of burn injury that injures thousands of Americans each year. Inhaling smoke can damage lungs or even cause suffocation or death.

Burn Injuries and Negligence

Regardless of the cause of your burn injury, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim if another person (or company’s) negligence played a role in the accident. Some examples of burn injuries caused by negligence include:

  • Smoke inhalation in a fire that happened in a rented property without smoke alarms
  • Electrical burns caused by a faulty appliance
  • Burn injuries that happened in a car crash with a drunk driver
  • Chemical burns at work due to unsafe storage of hazardous materials

Not sure if your burn injuries were caused by negligence? Your next step should be contacting an attorney who specializes in burn accident claims, who can help you conduct an investigation into your accident.

Looking for a Lawyer? Call Carabin Shaw and Speak with a Top Amarillo Personal Injury Attorney

Here at Carabin Shaw, we offer all new clients a no cost, no obligation consultation with an attorney—and our team is available around the clock to take your call. And because our expert Texas burn injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw have more than 200 years of combined legal experience, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands.

Our Texas burn injury lawyers are passionate about helping accident victims, and we want to help you however we can. So for a free consultation with our experienced lawyers, call our office serving Amarillo at 800-862-1260 or simply fill out our online form.

We offer all new clients a free initial case review, so give us a call and speak with a knowledgeable Amarillo burn injury lawyer today.

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