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Texas Burn Injury Attorneys

Lawyers Experienced in Texas Burn Injury Cases

Severe burn injuries not only cause immense physical pain and emotional trauma but also result in staggering financial burdens. Oftentimes, victims find themselves facing mounting hospital bills that can reach astronomical sums, especially when specialized burn treatment and long-term rehabilitation are required. Moreover, these injuries frequently lead to lifelong health consequences, necessitating ongoing medical care and potentially hindering the victim's ability to work, further exacerbating financial strain.

If you suffered burn injuries due to negligence, we want to help. At Hilliard Law, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to burn injury victims. For decades, our Texas burn injury lawyers have delivered case results that speak for themselves, and we are prepared to leverage the full extent of our resources and experience in our fight to get you just compensation. We have what it takes to win and can help you hold responsible parties accountable.

Do not wait to get legal advice if you or someone you love has suffered serious burn injuries! 

If we take your case, you owe no legal fees unless we win, so schedule a free consultation by calling (866) 927-3420 or contacting us online.

What Causes Burn Injuries in Texas?

Burn injuries can occur as a result of various types of fire- or chemical-based accidents, many of which stem from negligence. Understanding what specifically caused your burn injuries is key to ascertaining liability and determining whether you have a case for seeking compensation. Our Texas burn injury attorneys can help investigate what happened, determine who is responsible, and help you understand your rights and legal options.

Common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Defective products. Defective products are a frequent cause of burn injuries, often due to flaws in design, manufacturing errors, or inadequate safety warnings. For instance, an electrical appliance with substandard wiring can overheat, leading to a fire and subsequent burn injuries. Similarly, gas appliances such as stoves or heaters can cause burns if they are defective and leak gas, leading to explosions. Even defective batteries in everyday items such as mobile phones, laptops, or toys can overheat and explode, causing severe burns. When defective product manufacturers fail in their duty to ensure the safety of their products, and their negligence leads to burn injuries, victims have a right to seek compensation.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. Vehicular collisions can lead to fires or explosions due to ruptured fuel lines or tanks, leading to severe burns. In the event of a collision, the sheer force can cause a vehicle to catch fire, especially if the impact damages the parts of the vehicle where highly volatile substances, like gasoline and engine oil, are stored. Furthermore, hot surfaces or steam from a malfunctioning radiator can also cause burns. In such accidents, occupants trapped inside the vehicle are at high risk of sustaining burn injuries, especially if they cannot escape quickly. The severity of burns depends on the intensity of the fire, the individual's proximity to the flame, and the duration of exposure. When a wreck is caused by another driver’s negligence, the burn injury victim has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue damages.
  • Oil field accidents. The oil and gas industry inherently involves high-risk activities and the handling of highly flammable materials. An accident at an oil field can lead to devastating explosions or fires which can cause severe, even fatal, burn injuries. These incidents can occur due to a multitude of factors, including equipment failure, safety violations, inadequate training, or failure to adhere to industry standards and regulations. Workers might be exposed to open flames, hot surfaces, steam, or hazardous chemicals, all of which can cause burns. Moreover, drilling and extraction operations can release highly combustible gases, and any spark in such an environment can lead to a major fire or explosion.
  • Premises liability incidents. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe environment, and a failure to do so can result in serious injuries, including burns. For instance, a fire can break out due to faulty wiring or heating systems, a lack of proper fire safety measures such as fire alarms and extinguishers, or flammable materials left in unsafe conditions. Similarly, failure to maintain safe conditions in areas where hot substances or tools are used, such as kitchens or workshops, can result in burn injuries. In apartment buildings or rental properties, the landlord may be held responsible if they failed to provide adequate fire safety measures or did not promptly address known hazards. In commercial settings, a company can be held liable for burn injuries sustained due to unsafe conditions or practices.

How Are Burn Injuries Classified?

Burn injuries are classified based on the severity and depth of the burn. Understanding the degree of a burn injury is critical in determining the appropriate treatment as well as the potential value of your claim.

Burn injuries are generally divided into three categories: 

  • First-degree burns. These are the least severe type of burns affecting only the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. Symptoms of first-degree burns include redness, minor inflammation, or swelling, and pain. They are typically caused by brief contact with hot surfaces, sunburn, or scalding liquids. Although painful, first-degree burns usually don't cause long-term damage and often heal on their own within a week to ten days.
  • Second-degree burns. These burns are more severe, extending beyond the epidermis to the dermis, or the second layer of skin. Second-degree burns often appear swollen and pink or red. They usually cause blisters and can be quite painful. These burns can be caused by contact with flames, hot liquids, or chemicals. Without proper treatment, they can lead to severe infection or other complications.
  • Third-degree burns. These are the most severe type of burn injuries as they penetrate the entire thickness of the skin, damaging the underlying tissue. Third-degree burns can cause permanent tissue damage and can result in charred or blackened skin, or skin that appears white and leathery. Often, they cause significant pain, but if nerve endings are destroyed, they may not hurt at all. These burns can result from prolonged contact with flames, electricity, hot objects, or certain chemicals.

In addition to these, there are also fourth-degree burns, which extend beyond all layers of the skin, affecting underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. They often result in a loss of function in the affected area and require immediate medical attention. Fourth-degree burns are usually caused by prolonged exposure to extremely high heat, such as in a building or vehicle fire, and are often life-threatening.

Compensation for Burn Injuries in Texas

When your burn injuries are the result of another party’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action and seek compensation for damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Texas is two years, meaning you will usually have two years from the date you were injured to start the legal process.

When assisting you with a personal injury claim, our Texas burn injury lawyers will fight to get you full and fair compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability and disfigurement

If you were injured at work, you may not necessarily have the ability to bring a personal injury claim. Instead, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits include coverage of medical care and a portion of your lost income but do not cover non-economic damages. If sustained burn injuries at work due to the actions of a third party, which is anyone other than your employer or a co-worker, you may be able to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit against the third party. These cases can be complicated, but our Texas burn injury attorneys are ready to provide tailored guidance from start to finish.

Discuss your case with our burn injury lawyers today by calling (866) 927-3420 or filling out our online contact form.

Real Results ReaL Justice

  • Record-Setting
    Million Settlement*
    Wrongful Death

    Hilliard Law attorneys represented numerous injury victims and the families of those killed in accidents caused by GM’s defective ignition switch and their concealment of safety defects.

  • $50
    Million Settlement
    Wrongful Death

    In September 2021, Hilliard Law attorneys secured a $50 Million settlement for the family of a man who died in a commercial trucking accident.

  • $33
    Million Verdict
    Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Hilliard Law trial team won a $33M product liability case against a golf-car company, involving a golf cart that tipped over on a child causing a severe traumatic brain injury.

  • $30
    Million Verdict
    ATV Accident

    A jury determined that the defective design and marketing of an All Terrain Vehicle were the proximate cause of the decedent's injuries in a fatal ATV accident.

  • $25
    Million Verdict
    Negligent Security

    In May 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney who obtained a $25 million jury verdict in a premises liability case in Nueces County, Texas. His client, a security guard for a downtown Corpus Christi building, was severely beaten while at work.

  • $21.5
    Million Verdict
    Distracted Driving Accident

    Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney in a case involving a woman who was injured in a two-vehicle accident. The driver of the second car, an employee of Coca-Cola, was talking on her cell phone at the time of the accident.

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