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Burn Injuries

According to a 2010 report by the United States Fire Administration, 3,445 people died in fire incidents across the nation. A burn injury can be extremely painful and lead to long-term suffering. Burns can lead to lifelong physical and emotional effects.

A burn is a type of highly visible catastrophic injury and can leave a person disfigured. A burn is highly visible and can leave a person disfigured. In addition to this, burn injuries result in nerve damage and deep-tissue scarring. Serious burns can limit the skin’s ability to perspire or react to stimuli. The disfigurement can cause victims to be self conscious of their appearance and can have a socially negative effect on the person.

If you have been burned due to another’s negligence, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Personal Injury Attorneys for Burn Injuries in Montgomery County, TX

Living with extensive burns can be debilitating. Severe burns can require ongoing expensive medical treatment. If your burn injury was created by someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

There is no reason that you need to suffer unconditionally. If your burns could have been avoided, then there is no excuse. Find an attorney who will battle for you, like the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC. The attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC have years of experience practicing personal injury. We will employ all our resources, techniques, and knowledge to help you obtain the best possible result.

Evans & Powell, PLLC practices law throughout Montgomery County including Willis, Oak Ridge North, Conroe, Magnolia, Panorama, and Splendora.

Call (713) 622 - 2000 or submit an online contact form today.

Overview of Burn Injuries in Texas

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Causes of Burn Injuries

There are a variety of factors that can lead to a burn injury. It can range between burning oneself with a hairdryer to waking up to a house fire.  No matter how you were burned, if you are suffering from a burn by another’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation.

  • Scalds – Occurs from contact with hot liquids.
  • Electrical burns – Occurs when electricity gets passed through skin tissue.
  • Chemical burns – Occurs from exposure to a caustic substance such as a strong acid or base like bleach.
  • Steam burns – Occurs from industrial accidents when an appliance is under extreme steam pressure.
  • Flash burns – Occurs from rapid ignition of a flammable gas or liquid.
  • Flame burns – Occurs in a building or other facility fire.

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Types of Burn Injuries

Burns fall into certain categories based on severity. The damage of a burn is classified by how deeply it breaches the skin. Human skin has several layers. The deeper the burn goes, the more painful and detrimental the burn is.

First-Degree Burns

If only the epidermis is burned, then it is considered a first-degree burn. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin. A first-degree burn can have uncomfortable side effects including pain, swelling, and redness. It can look similar to an sunburn, and does not blister.

Common causes for a first-degree burn include:

  • Electricity from faulty wiring
  • Scalds from cooking mishaps
  • Severe sunburns due to inadequate shade

Second-Degree Burns

A second-degree burn affects both the epidermis, and partially the dermis. The dermis is an underlying layer of skin. Second-degree burns are normally very red, blistered, swollen or open, and extremely sensitive. It can take up to three weeks to heal a second-degree burn.

Common causes for a second-degree burn include:

  • Chemicals burns from a spill
  • Scalds from spilled boiling water
  • Electricity burns from exposed wiring
  • Flames from negligence-related fires
  • Contact with a hot object from negligence

Third-Degree Burns

Severe burn damage to both the epidermis and dermis will result in a third-degree burn. Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burns. Normally a third-degree burn is thick and leathery in appearance. In some instances it is white, black, or a deep red.  A common occurrence in third-degree burns is damaged nerve endings. Victims may feel no pain or stimuli in a third-degree burn area.

Common causes for a third-degree burn include:

  • Scalds from a cooking mishap
  • Chemicals burns from lab accidents
  • Explosions from poorly maintained transformers
  • Contact with a hot object due to negligence
  • Flames from negligence-related fires
  • Electricity burns from exposure to electric currents

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Preventive Fire Safety Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of fire-related injuries take place in buildings without smoke alarms. However, a fire can be created in various ways. It is important that you stay alert to avoid any further fire damage.

Some preventive fire safety tips that you can implement to avoid burns include:

  • Install electrical outlet covers
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove
  • Replace smoke detector every 10 years
  • Check and discard electrical cords with exposed wires
  • Wear sunscreen every day, and avoid peak sunlight
  • Lock up matches and lighters
  • Keep water heater temperature under 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Place a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen
  • Keep children out of the kitchen while cooking
  • Clean out dryer lint traps regularly
  • Ensure all smoking products are stubbed out completely
  • Keep chemicals out of reach, and wear gloves during chemical use
  • Test smoke detectors once a month
  • Measure bath water temperature before use

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Additional Resources

Burns – Visit the website of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGM) which supports basic research that increases our understanding of biological processes and lay the foundation for advances in medical sciences. Read what causes a burn, the differences between the types of burns, burn treatment, burn resources, and support from NGIM.

Burn Prevention – Visit the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD). Find more information on preventing burns with children. Learn some key prevention tips, resources, and related pages for fire injuries.

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Lawyer for Burn Injuries in Conroe, Texas

Have you recently been severely burned by another’s negligence? Burns can lead to nerve damage, loss of stimuli, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. Those who are responsible should be liable. Get what you deserve with the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC.

Evans & Powell, PLLC is a group of experienced personal injury attorneys. We are passionate about advocating for burn victims. Our attorneys will evaluate all aspects of your claim, and discover if you are entitled to compensation. Do not suffer alone. Contact the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC now.

The attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC files claims for burn victims throughout the 9th District Court including Panorama, Willis, Splendora, Conroe, and Cut and Shoot.

Have some peace of mind today. Call the attorneys at (713) 622 - 2000, or simply submit a online contact form for a free consultation.

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