Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries a person can experience in their lives and can happen in a number of circumstances. If you suffered a serious injury from a burn accident in Dallas, you should know your rights as a burn victim. While most people assume the burns are largely the result of intensive fires, burns can occur as the result of boiling water, electrical charges, and radiation. If you or a loved one have suffered a burn, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, your pain and suffering and lost wages. A personal injury lawyer at The Benton Law Firm will help you navigate the legal process after reviewing the details of your case.
The Dallas burn injury lawyers at The Benton Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of burn victims throughout Texas since 2012. In the past six years, our attorneys have been recognized across the nation with professional honors for their dedicated efforts in representing injured clients.
The Benton Law Firm has become well known and respected in the Dallas, Brownsville and Fort Worth communities in the last five years. We perceive the people we represent as more than just clients or residents of our cities, they’re our friends and neighbors. We’re here to extend a compassionate hand during this difficult time. Contact our experienced Dallas burn injury lawyer at The Benton Law Firm for a free initial consultation. Contact us today but filling out our email form, calling us at (214) 777-7777, or clicking the grey banner to the left of your screen to chat live with one of our representatives.
Do I need an attorney for my burn injury?
If you have been injured as a result of a severe burn, we recommend that you seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Whether you were burned from a scalding hot liquid in the workplace, in a car fire, or from a voltage electrical shock, you may be legally protected and entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
The legal team at The Benton Law Firm understands you may have many questions after your injury. One question you shouldn’t have to think about is whether or not you need a personal injury attorney to represent your case. A personal injury attorney will be able to research the facts of your case in depth and will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
The legal process can be puzzling for those venturing to navigate it for the first team. The Benton Law Firm’s skilled attorneys and legal staff will take care of the legal process so that you can begin to recover from your burn injuries.
When to Take Legal Action for a Burn Injury
Why choose The Benton Law Firm to handle my case?
After you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury, you may have many questions: How will I cope with the psychological and emotional stress I’ve developed since I’ve been burned? How do I know who I can trust to represent my situation and injuries? These are all questions The Benton Law Firm has answered for our past clients. While there are certainly a number of law firms to choose from in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Brownsville, only The Benton Law Firm is widely recognized for its thoughtful and honest approach to providing legal services. Below are some of the qualities that set The Benton Law Firm apart:
Track Record – We know that you want an attorney who is able to deliver exceptional results. The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm have achieved incredible Case Results for past clients.
Client Satisfaction – The legal staff at our firm knows the trauma and anxiety that burn victims suffer from after their accidents. For this reason, we make a devoted effort to ensuring that our clients feel included and informed throughout the legal process. We’re known for going above and beyond for clients. Read our testimonials to hear how the team at The Benton Law Firm have provided high-quality legal care to past clients.
Our award-winning team – Our attorneys have earned a number of professional honors that set them apart from other firms in the city. Managing partner Jeff Benton is a member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has an AVVO rating of 10. Each member of our legal staff is experienced in the field of personal injury law and will work together to deliver a favorable outcome for your claim.
Burn Injury Cases We Handle
At The Benton Law Firm, our experienced trial attorneys have experience handling all types of burn injuries that our clients have suffered. We can help you if you have suffered an injury including:
- Thermal burns – often caused by open flames, scalding hot water, and hot surfaces
- Electrical burns – these burns are often caused by energy discharges
- Chemical burns – contact with toxic or corrosive chemicals may result in a chemical burn
- Radiation burns – exposure to radiation can harm one’s skin, and may result in a radiation burn
- Friction burns – commonly referred to as “road rash”, these burns can be extremely serious in nature
If you have suffered a burn injury like the ones listed above, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced burn injury lawyers at (214) 777-7777 today.
Burn Injury Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that throughout 2010, one person died in a fire every 169 minutes and one person was injured in a fire every 30 minutes. The majority of burns are preventable, and the overall number of burn injuries and fatalities has declined over the last few decades. However, residential fires continue to happen and hurt people, as the United States is currently ranked 8th out of the 25 developed countries regarding the mortality rate from fires. Residential fires continue to pose a huge threat to families throughout Texas and are often caused by faulty wiring due to contractors, builders, and electricians.
Other burn fatalities and injuries are the result of severe car accidents, which cause massive car fires due to the force of impact. In these case working with a talented Dallas car accident lawyer who has experience helping people who have been hurt by burns is key. These fires are often severe and quick acting, leaving little room to escape. This type of traumatic accident usually occurs at a high rate of speed and often from driver distraction or other factors. Burns can also be the result of hot liquids, chemical burns, radiation burns, electrical sources, or inhalation injuries.
Burns are classified in terms of severity:
- First-degree burns are the least serious burns. These are the kinds of burns you receive while cooking or from a curling iron.
- Second-degree burns are more serious and involve burns received from scalding water or liquids. Second-degree burns can also occur from a fire.
- Third-degree burns are very severe and are often caused by fires, or by steaming or boiling liquids.
- Fourth-degree burns are life-threatening and are caused from extensive building fires or high voltage electrical shock.
The CDC also reported that in 2014, 424 patients in the emergency department were given the primary diagnosis of a burn. According to the National Fire Protection Association Fact Sheet, there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the U.S. in 2016. Civilian deaths totaled 3,390 and civilian fire injuries were at 14, 650. The NFPA reported that a “fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds.” There were 475,500 structure fires, 173,00 highway vehicles fires, and 662,500 outside fires. The NFPA added that 81% of fire deaths occur in home fires.
The National Safety Council reported that fire and burns were the 3rd most common cause of fatal unintentional injuries for children aged five to nine, and the 4th most common cause for children aged one to four years old. The report said that the average total cost per claim for burn injuries was $39,326. The article provided figures on the number of nonfatal occupational burn injuries. The number of injuries from heat or thermal burns in the private sector was 13,700, in manufacturing there were 2,250 burns, and in leisure and hospitality sectors there were 5,920 burns. There were 3,250 chemical burns and corrosions in the private sector in 2012.
According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, “infants had the highest rates of burn-related inpatient stays” in the year 2013. The most common burn site was the wrist and hands, and second-degree burns were the most common. Most Emergency Department visits were “accidents caused by hot liquids and steam, or other hot substances.” In general, there were more males than females who suffered from burn injuries. Patients who lived in the eastern United States and in “low-income zip codes and in rural areas” had the highest number of burn injuries. The H-CUP concluded that even with burns covering up to 90% of a patients’ body, burn victims can still survive with “appropriate treatment.”
Burn injuries leave long-lasting scars and injuries that can often be fatal if serious enough. If you bring a claim against the negligent person who caused your injury, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses and any related expenses such as lost wages or future earnings.
Contact a Dallas Burn Injury Attorney
The personal injury lawyers at The Benton Law Firm will fight for you. The attorneys of our firm have grown up in the Dallas area and have lived here for most of their lives. We are deeply sympathetic towards those who have suffered burn injuries. When a severe burn accident affects your life, you may be out of work recovering and struggling to come with the psychological and emotional trauma. Our legal team is here to help. If you or a loved one have received burn injuries, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Benton Law Firm today. Our attorney has years of experience handling burns and other related injuries and understands that burn injuries are quite extensive and may result in permanent scarring. No amount of rehabilitation will be able to heal skin that has been exposed to severe burns. Contact our offices today at (214) 777-7777 for your free initial consultation where we will go over the facts of your case and develop a strategy to get you the compensation you deserve.