Edinburg Burn Injury Lawyer
Have you suffered burn injuries? Burn injuries can result from a vast range of incidents, including house fires, electrical fires, explosions, chemical exposure and car accidents. The effects of a burn can be significant, resulting in weeks or even months of hospitalization, along with painful skin grafting procedures, persistent infections and serious scarring that can require surgical modifications physical therapy. And this says nothing of the other losses that you may suffer, such as lost wages from an inability to work and mental distress from the injuries, including any subsequent limitations and disfigurement.
The work injury attorneys of Brasure Law Firm, PLLC are here to help those who have suffered burn injuries. Burns can be amongst the most devastating form of personal injury case. But our legal team is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and financial losses.
Founded nearly a decade ago by Attorney Christopher R. Brasure, Brasure Law Firm, PLLC practices primarily in the area of personal injury law, serving a diverse range of clients. We have law offices in a couple different locations throughout Texas, including Grapevine, Texas and in Edinburg, Texas.
To discuss your personal injury case in a free and confidential initial consultation session, contact us by phone at 956-686-3555.
Common Questions and Concerns After Suffering Burn Injuries
Personal injury lawsuits can serve as an efficient mechanism for recouping compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and future medical expenses from the party who is at-fault for your burn injuries.
The attorneys of Brasure Law Firm, PLLC are here to guide you through the process of seeking the compensation you deserve. It’s natural to have lots of questions and concerns following a serious injury such as this, so our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most typical enquiries that we receive.
How does my lawyer decide how much compensation to seek for a burn injury lawsuit?
In Texas, there is what’s known as a shared fault rule that can impact personal injury claims, including car accident lawsuits.
Personal injury claims involving burns tend to result in compensation that is somewhat higher than average due to a number of factors, such as the disfigurement that can arise from scarring and the nature of burn scars, which tend to contract and tighten over time. This can impede range of movement and function, resulting in disability, along with an inability to work or care for oneself.
Burn scars frequently require surgical modification and physical therapy, which increases the long-term medical costs too. Many burn patients also spend weeks or months hospitalized, in addition to undergoing multiple skin graft procedures. This can lead to medical bills that are significantly higher than the figures that you may see with some other types of personal injury.
When determining how much to request for a settlement in a burn injury lawsuit, your attorney will consider economic losses such as lost wages, medical expenses, and hospital bills, along with non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment in life.
Your personal injury lawyer’s skill and experience level is important when it comes to calculating future expenses, which are also part of the equation. Your attorney will consider what future losses and expenses you may incur as a result of your injury. This will be combined with the past and present economic and non-economic losses to arrive at a final figure.
What do Texas’ Shared Fault rules mean for a personal injury case?
Texas utilizes shared fault rules, meaning that if you are found to be partially at fault for the incident in question, it could impact the amount of compensation that you’re eligible to receive from the other parties.
Per the modified comparative negligence rule, the amount of compensation you’re entitled to receive is adjusted by a percentage that is equal to your percentage of fault in the accident or incident.
In other words, if you are found to be 20% at fault for your burn injuries, then any judgment will typically be reduced by 20% to account for your portion of “blame.”
In Texas, if you are found to hold a majority of the fault – more than 50 percent – then you are typically prohibited from collecting compensation from other involved parties.
Is there a cap on how much I can receive for my burn injuries lawsuit?
In Texas, there are statutory limits on damages for medical malpractice cases only. A small portion of burn injury lawsuits do arise from medical malpractice incidents.
It’s a rather complex system, but in most cases, the maximum is set at $250,000 for non-economic damages (i.e. damages for pain and suffering) per defendant and $500,000 in non-economic damages per case. For wrongful death cases resulting from medical malpractice, the maximum is over $1.9 million. This figure is regularly adjusted for inflation.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
In Texas, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within a specific timeframe, known as the statute of limitations. In Texas, this timeframe is two years from the date of the injury.
If the lawsuit is not filed within two years, the courts will typically decline to hear the case (although there are some rare exceptions.)
The timeframe may be shorter for certain cases involving a personal injury case to be filed against the government or an employee of the State of Texas. In this case, the claim must be filed within six months of the date of the injury.
How common are burn injuries?
Fortunately, burn injuries are less common than they used to be. According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey, in 2016 there were approximately 486,000 burn injuries which received medical treatment. Further, according to a recent National Hospital Discharge Survey, over 60% of the estimated acute hospitalizations related to burn injuries.
What causes burn injuries?
The cause of burn injuries include flame or fire (approximately 44%), scalding (approximately 33%), chemical burns, electrical burns, contact burns from hot surfaces make up the other 23% of burn injuries each year.
Burn Incidence and Treatment in the United States: 2012 Fact Sheet.” American Burn Association. American Burn Association, n.d. Web. 19 Dec 2013. <http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php>.
Where can burn injuries happen?
Burn injuries can happen at work, home or at school. Burn injuries commonly occur at home, frequently in the kitchen. At home, you can prevent burns by installing fire prevention devices on or around your stove. For example, new technologies include overhead fire suppression canisters for your home. For example. www.auto-out.com offers a less expensive fire prevention device. At work, you can protect against burns by wearing the proper personal protective equipment or “PPE” to prevent burn injuries.
What is a scald burn?
A scald burn is caused by a heat source that is wet. For example, hot water or steam can cause a scald burn.
If You’ve Suffered Burns, File a Personal Injury Claim With Help from Brasure Law Firm, PLLC
Burn injuries can be life-altering, changing your appearance, your ability to move and function and even your ability to work and care for yourself.
At Brasure Law Firm, PLLC, our legal team is well-known and highly respected for our work in all aspects of accident and personal injury law. We also handle wrongful death cases, which are typically cases that would constitute a personal injury case had the victim survived.
Attorney Christopher R. Brasure’s diverse legal background means he is well-prepared to tackle any obstacles; this will maximize your chances of seeing a positive outcome to your case.
Additionally, our Texas law firm handles defective and dangerous product lawsuits, including those that have resulted in burns. For example, multiple claims have been filed by those who have suffered burn injuries from a malfunctioning surgical room heating blanket.
At Brasure Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to handling your case with professionalism and commitment. We invite you to contact us to discuss your case in a free and fully confidential initial consultation by calling 956-686-3555.