Arlington, TX Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are some of the most physically and visibly devastating injuries you can suffer. Whether caused by heat, electricity, or chemicals, burns can cause serious pain, scarring, and lifelong trauma. For help with a burn injury case in the Arlington, TX area, contact The Queenan Law Firm today.
Our Arlington, TX burn injury lawyers represent injury victims and their families in lawsuits against the parties responsible for their injuries, and we work to help get them the financial compensation they need. Talk to an attorney for help evaluating your case, determining what your claim might be worth, and pursuing the best course of action to seek compensation. Call our lawyers today at (817) 476-1797 to schedule a free case consultation.
Causes of Chemical Burns and Heat Burns in Arlington, TX Accidents
Burns can be caused by heat from fire or an explosion, the sudden heat and energy from electricity, or from chemical exposure. People in the Arlington area are often exposed to these kinds of injuries at work, whether they work in a commercial kitchen, as an electrician, in a chemical plant, or in some other job. Victims of any type of burn injury know that the injury is incredibly painful, and our lawyers work to help victims regardless of what type of burn they suffered.
Suing for a Burn Injury in Arlington, TX
When you face a serious injury like a burn, you might want to hold someone accountable for the injury. In many types of accidents and injury cases, there is some party that is responsible. If what happened was simply just an accident and there was no way to avoid it – or if you were the only one responsible – there might be no one to sue. But in cases of burns at work, in a building fire, or in an avoidable accident, there might be someone else to hold accountable for the injuries.
Burns that occur at work are often the employer’s fault. While burning yourself in a kitchen is often seen as a rite of passage, serious burns caused by faulty equipment, untrained coworkers, and dangerous workplace conditions are not acceptable. Other industries might see injuries involving burns from hot machinery or equipment, high voltage electrical exposure, or dangerous chemicals. Many jobs require proper safety training and safety gear. If an employer fails to supply this kind of gear, leaves conditions unsafe, or fails to properly train workers, that could allow injured workers to hold their employer responsible for their resulting burn injuries.
Burns caused in fires and other accidents might ultimately trace their cause to the start of the fire. If the fire was caused by an accidental act of negligence, the negligent party can be held liable for many effects of the fire they started. For instance, a negligent home cook who burns down an apartment building could be on the hook for damages from injured neighbors. Similarly, if you suffered from a fire or chemical exposure from a leaking or defective battery or another part of an appliance, tool, or device, you could be entitled to sue the manufacturer for the injuries.
Finding the responsible party and determining the legal theory by which to hold them accountable is something your burn injury lawyer can help you with.
Damages for Serious Burn Injuries in Arlington, TX
To get financial compensation for burns and other injuries, you typically must prove that there was someone whose negligence allowed your injury to happen. Suing for intentional injuries is also possible, as in cases where you were assaulted with chemicals or hot objects, or where you were a victim of arson or other intentional fires. However, it is far more common that cases involve negligence, which means proving the following four elements:
- The responsible party owed you a legal duty.
- The responsible party breached that legal duty, failing to use the care and skill necessary to keep you safe.
- The breach of duty caused your injuries.
- You suffered economic and/or noneconomic damages the court can order compensation for.
Your damages will often involve financial compensation for the harm you already faced. This means covering medical bills you already received and wages you already missed from work because of the burns. Victims of serious burns might also need ongoing care or additional time off work. If you faced further financial harm from these expenses and lost wages, these can also be claimed as damages in many cases.
Compensation is also available for intangible, noneconomic damages in most cases. First, burns are incredibly painful and can often involve high damages for pain and suffering. Second, burns can leave highly visible scarring. If you were burned in the face or neck, the damages you can claim to cover the emotional trauma of “disfigurement” can be quite high. If you relied on your appearance for your job, such as with actors or models, you might even be able to claim lost earning capacity for this kind of injury. Damages for disfigurement and scarring are often higher for women, younger victims, and unmarried victims, as these kinds of visible injuries could cause them more harm in the long run.
Talk to one of our Arlington personal injury lawyers about what damages might be available in your case.
Call Our Arlington Burn Injury Attorneys for a Free Case Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered from an accident involving serious burns and scarring, contact the Arlington burn injury lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm today. Our attorneys can help explain whom to sue in your case, determine what your claim should be worth, and guide you to the best route to recover compensation in your case. For your free legal consultation, contact us today at (817) 476-1797.