Burn Injury Lawyers in Dallas, TX
Representing Burn Injury Victims Across Texas
A burn injury can cause severe physical damage and emotional distress to a person. These injuries seriously impact a person’s health and are often very traumatic. Additionally, the price of care and other expenses can be costly. However, you may not need to pay for the damages yourself. You may be able to file a legal claim and have your expenses covered.
The Dallas burn injury lawyers at Lyons & Simmons, LLP are here to help guide you through the legal process of pursuing financial compensation. We will assist you with your burn injury claim and protect your rights while fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Types of Burn Injuries
There are 4 different “degrees” of burn injury. Burn injuries are categorized into these degrees as a way of understanding how the burn has affected the body, and how the injury can be treated.
First degree burns - are the least severe type of burn. This is the type of injury that may occur when you burn your hand on a stove, for example. First degree burns can usually be recovered from quickly.
Second degree burns - cause greater damage to the skin than first degree burns. The top two layers of skin are damaged by these types of burns, and blisters often develop.
Third degree burns - totally destroy two layers of skin, causing the affected area to look yellow, black, white, or brown. Third degree burns damage the nerves.
Fourth degree burns - are the most severe type of burn and can be fatal. In addition to destroying several layers of skin, fourth degree burns can damage muscles, bones, tendons, and nerves.
Compensation for Burn Injury Victims
Treating a burn injury may require a variety of different treatment methods and extensive care. A victim may need surgery, medication, medical devices, physical therapy and other forms of care to treat a burn injury or manage their condition.
In any case, treating a burn injury can be expensive.
- Victims and their families are often responsible for these costly medical bills, but compensation can be recovered through a burn injury claim.
- A burn injury may leave a person unable to work for a period of time, or even permanently. It is possible to recover compensation for lost wages.
- Burn injuries can cause significant emotional distress and mental anguish. These types of non-economic damages may also be compensable through a burn injury claim.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Although most people associate burn injuries with heat and fire, extreme heat is not the only cause of burn injuries. Burn injuries can also be caused by radiation, electricity friction, and even extreme cold.
Common causes of burn injuries include:
Contact our team at Lyons & Simmons, LLP today to discuss the details of your burn injury case. We are available to answer any questions you may have and guide you through your claim. We are dedicated to helping injured victims get the care and compensation they need.
What If I Suffered a Burn Injury at Work?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are over 5,000 work-related burn injuries in the U.S. each year. A severe burn is a debilitating injury that can happen in an instant but can leave you physically and emotionally scarred for the rest of your life.
Some of the most common types of work-related burns include:
- Heat burns occur when your skin comes into contact with an open flame, sparks, steam, or a hot surface.
- Electrical burns happen when you are exposed to high voltage electricity. Not only can an electric burn damage your skin, it may also damage your internal organs.
- Chemical burns are caused by synthetic, corrosive substances like acid, thinning agents, or oxidizers.
A severe burn injury, which includes third and fourth-degree burns, may penetrate the epidermis and destroy nerve fibers, muscles, ligaments, tendons and even bones. The severity of your burns directly affects the amount of workers’ compensation you may receive.
Workplace Burn Injuries: Understanding Your Rights
As with any workplace injury, it’s critical you take the right steps directly after an incident to ensure your rights are protected and you are properly supported.
First, it’s essential that you report your injury to your employer. Depending on the state in which the injury occurs, you may have to report it that same day or within a few days. If you don’t report the injury in a timely manner, you may relinquish your right to compensation.
The next step is to file a workers' compensation claim, which puts your employer and your employer’s insurance company on formal notice of your injury.
After you have reported your workplace burn injury and filed a workers’ compensation claim, you have several rights you can exercise as an injured employee.
You have the right to:
- File a personal injury claim outside of workers’ compensation
- Bring a claim against a negligent third party
- Pursue medical treatment
- Get a second opinion if the employer requires you see a specific doctor
- Return to your job if your physician allows it
- Perform lighter duties at work if your doctor requires it
- Receive disability compensation if you cannot return to work, either temporarily or permanently
- Refuse requests or offers from your employer
- Say “no” to illegal incentives from your employer to try and persuade you to drop your workers’ compensation claim
- Pursue a workers’ compensation claim without fear of reprisal or harassment from your employer
- Appeal a decision if you do not agree with decisions made by your employer, employer’s insurance or the workers’ compensation court
- Be represented by a lawyer
Our Dallas burn injury attorneys at Lyons & Simmons, LLP can help you understand your legal rights after suffering a burn injury in the workplace. We have a proven track record of success in catastrophic injury cases, so don't wait to discuss your options with a lawyer at our firm.