After you have read about your burn injury case below, please do not hesitate to call Chavez Law Firm and set up a free initial consultation to go over the details of your case and discuss what your legal options are.
What You Can Be Compensated for in a Burn Injury Case
The compensatory damages that you are permitted to collect in an El Paso burn accident include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Accident-related expenses
- Past and future lost wages/lost earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering
In the case of a fire that was caused by illegal, malicious, or nefarious activity, there are special circumstances that may allow you to seek out punitive damages.. If there was an intent to harm (such as arson), then there may be a cause for punitive damages in your case. You would have to prove that there was negligence and malice to get punitive damages.
In cases involving the loss of a loved one in a fire or accident, you may be eligible for a wrongful death case from which you can receive compensation on behalf of your family and those your loved one left behind. There are pain and suffering damages and wrongful death damages that you may be able to collect. Texas law dictates that the people who can typically bring those cases include spouses, any minor children, or parents.
Most Common El Paso Burn Injury Accidents
The most common types of burn injury accidents include:
- Fires that get out of control
- Lack of proper safety precautions
- Non-compliant fire cords
- Improper electric work
- Smoke detectors that do not work
In the instances where someone is injured in a burn accident, there are several kinds of burns that can happen. Your skin has two layers and there are three degrees of burns that you may be suffering from.
A first degree burn affects the top layer of your skin, a second degree burn affects both layers of your skin, and a third degree burn affects both layers of your skin and the tissue underneath.
A third degree burn can be so bad that it causes damage down to the bone. There are instances in which you will need a skin graft to treat the burn. When you have a higher degree of burn, you are likely to have significant scarring. This can be an expensive recovery and can take a while to recover from.
Important First Steps After an El Paso Burn Injury
In order to have a successful case, there are a few things that you should understand:
- You are bringing a personal injury case against a liable party for your burn
- You need to be able to prove that the liable party had a duty to keep you safe
- You need to be able to prove that the liable party was negligent
- You need to be able to prove that the liable party’s negligence caused your burn
- You need to show that your injuries affected your life
Once you have this established, you should be able to have a successful case with the help of our El Paso burn injury attorneys.
Obstacles You May Have to Overcome for a Successful Case
When you go to an El Paso burn injury attorney to discuss your case, you may be wondering how much you can get for your damages and injuries. Unfortunately, that information will not be available to you right away. It takes time to understand the impact that the burn has had on your life. Only when you are done with the treatment for your burn can we know how much your case is worth. There are complications with your burn that may affect your life. You may not be able to be in the sun at the beach, you may not be allowed to take a bath or a shower without hindrances, and you may have to change your employment if your injuries are aggravated by it. All of that also needs to be taken into account to determine what your compensation award will look like.
Contact Our El Paso Burn Injury Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
If you are suffering severe injuries from a burn accident, you have every right to a personal injury case to seek full compensation. Please do not hesitate to contact Chavez Law Firm to set up your free initial consultation with our El Paso burn injury attorneys to get the results you deserve.