Houston Burn Injury Attorneys
Compassionate advocacy for victims of burns, fires, and explosions in Texas
Burn injuries are painful and, depending on their severity, can have long-lasting complications. Whether caused by fire, chemicals, steam, or electricity, a serious burn injury can change a person’s life completely. Between the mental and physical toll of recovering from a major burn injury, dealing with the financial burden it brings may seem overwhelming. When the injury was not your fault, it can seem downright impossible.
The Houston burn injury lawyers at Kishinevsky Law Firm understand the true scope of these kinds of injuries and their life-altering effects. If you or a loved one suffered burn injuries because of another person or party’s negligent or careless actions, you have legal options and we can help you pursue them. We work to recover the compensation to which you’re entitled for your losses and damages. Contact us today to talk with one of us about what you need, and how we may be able to help you.
What are the degrees and types of burn injuries?
Burn injuries are varied in both severity and type. Different burn injuries require different kinds of treatment, and while some burns may heal in a short period, some burns need massive medical intervention and can leave a person permanently disabled or disfigured. Medical experts classify burns in degrees, from least to most severe.
- First-degree burns. These burns are relatively minor and affect only the most outer layer of skin (the epidermis). A typical first-degree burn is a sunburn, one that leaves your skin red, painful to the touch, but without blistering.
- Second-degree burns. These burns go through the epidermis and the layer underneath (the dermis). Second-degree burns cause the skin to redden, swell, and blister.
- Third-degree burns. A third-degree burn goes through the epidermis, dermis, and down to the subcutaneous tissue. The victim may not feel any pain in the affected area, as nerve endings may be destroyed. Skin can appear either whitened or blackened from the burn. These injuries are quite serious.
- Fourth-degree burns. Considered a catastrophic injury, a fourth-degree burn affects every layer of skin, nerves, muscles, and sometimes down to the bone. Many victims do not survive fourth-degree burns, and those that do face a very long road to recovery or permanent disability.
Although we’re most familiar with burn injuries happening from fires and flame, you can sustain a burn injury in a variety of ways, including:
- Thermal burns. These include burns from flame and fire, but also anything hot, including steam, scalding liquids, hot surfaces, and any other high-temperature objects.
- Chemical burns. You can suffer a chemical burn at home or on the job from chemicals like cleaners, corrosive agents, solvents, acids, and other toxic substances. Whether through skin contact or accidental ingestion, these can be very dangerous, especially to children.
- Electrical burns. These can happen from contact with a live electrical current, which typically occurs in on-the-job accidents or with defective products.
- Friction burns. Friction burns often occur in motorcycle accidents (also called “road rash”). Think of these as a combination of a thermal burn and an abrasion. These burns are extremely painful and often lead to infection and scarring.
- Cold burns. These are caused by frostbite, and can happen by skin contact with sub-freezing objects – not just the obvious snow and ice, but also in workplaces like chemistry labs and cold storage.
- Radiation burns. These include burns caused by severe sunburns, X-rays, and certain cancer treatments.
After you suffer a burn injury that wasn’t your fault, the Houston personal injury attorneys at the Kishinevsky Law Firm will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident that led to your injury. It’s not fair that you should end up with the financial burden your injury has caused. We’ll work to find out what caused your injury and who should be held accountable.
What are common causes of Houston burn injuries?
A person can sustain a burn injury anywhere, at any time, at any age, in any number of ways. Our attorneys handle claims involving injuries stemming from:
- Car accidents. In serious car (or truck) accidents, fuel from the vehicles can ignite and cause a fire. When passengers are trapped or nearby, they can suffer severe or even fatal burn injuries. In fact, in their most recent report, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states in 2018 212,500 vehicle fires caused 560 civilian fatalities and 1,500 injuries across the country.
- Fires and explosions. The NFPA also reports 3,500 Americans died in fires in 2020, with another 15,200 injured. House fires occur for a number of reasons, including accidentally, intentionally, or due to a defective product. Gas explosions caused by negligent gas and oil companies can also cause burn injuries, as well as widespread fire.
- Workplace accidents. Some jobs bring higher risks of burn injuries, like firefighters, restaurant workers, industrial and manufacturing, laboratory workers, and the like. These workers should be provided with proper protective equipment on the job.
- Defective products. When a product malfunctions, especially something like a space heater, it can suddenly overheat and/or ignite a fire. Consumers can even experience burn injuries from defective skincare or health products.
Because burn injuries often result in a patient needing not only immediate medical care, but both follow-up care, surgeries, and therapies, our Houston injury attorneys work to ensure you secure the compensation you deserve.
What are the long-term effects of burn injuries?
The initial injury is only the beginning of a burn victim’s journey. Severe burn injuries not only take a great deal of time to heal, but they also cause long-term physical and mental effects that change a person’s entire life.
Even after treatment of the initial injury, a serious burn can have life-altering consequences. The long-term effects and complications from a burn injury can affect a patient both physically and mentally. By far, the greatest risk from a severe burn is infection. Mount Sinai Hospital’s Health Library discusses the potential complications of burn injuries:
- Infections (by far the most common complication)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Compromised immune system
- Increased cancer risk at injury site
- Tightening (contracture) of skin, tissues, and muscles
- Cardiopulmonary arrest
- Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder
We work with your medical team, as well as our own experts, to determine the entire scope of your injuries and how they will affect your future. Then, we can better understand the value of your case and how to best proceed and advocate for your or your loved one’s rights.
What is the value of my Houston burn injury claim?
Here at the Kishinevsky Law Firm, we work with each individual client to secure compensation tailored to their individual needs according to the circumstances of their accident. We hold the right people accountable for their negligence and irresponsibility for causing your injury, and work to recover the following types of compensation:
- Coverage of medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages and future earning potential
- Coverage for physical and rehabilitative therapies
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Damages for loss of enjoyment of life
In cases of extreme negligence or intentional harm, we also seek punitive damages on your behalf.
Is there a burn injury attorney near me?
You can find The Kishinevsky Law firm at 6363 Richmond Ave, Suite 207, in Houston. We offer plenty of parking. There’s also a bus stop right in front of our building. If you are too injured or disabled to come to us, we can come to your home, hospital, rehabilitation center, or set up a conference via telephone or Zoom. We’re always here for you.
Skilled Houston burn injury lawyers on your side
The Kishinevsky Law Firm is proud to serve the people of Houston and beyond, helping burn injury victims secure the compensation to which they’re entitled. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the legal process, taking the stress of filing an injury claim off your shoulders while you recover from your injuries. Remember, our consultations are always free. Get in touch with us today by calling 832-529-1111 or filling out our contact form.