Burn injuries are some of the most devastating and painful injuries that a person can experience. These injuries can result in physical, emotional, and financial hardships for the victim and their loved ones. In Texas, if you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a burn injury lawsuit.
Here’s what you need to know about burn injury lawsuits in Texas:
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including fire, explosions, chemicals, and hot liquids. These injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the depth and extent of the burn. Common symptoms of burn injuries include pain, blistering, swelling, and scarring.
Types of Burn Injury Claims
Burn injury claims can be filed as personal injury claims or product liability claims. In a personal injury claim, the victim files a lawsuit against the party responsible for the burn injury. In a product liability claim, the victim files a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product that caused the burn injury.
Statute of Limitations
In Texas, there is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, including burn injury claims. The statute of limitations is the amount of time that a victim has to file a lawsuit after the injury occurred. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury
To successfully pursue a burn injury lawsuit, the victim must prove that the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence is the failure to take reasonable care to prevent harm to others. In burn injury cases, negligence can include a failure to properly maintain equipment or property, a failure to provide adequate warnings or safety equipment, or a failure to properly train employees.
If the victim is successful in their burn injury lawsuit, they may be entitled to compensation for a variety of damages. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In cases of severe burns, the victim may also be entitled to compensation for long-term care and rehabilitation
Hiring a Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in Texas, it is important to hire an experienced burn injury lawyer to help you navigate the legal process. A burn injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary
In Texas, the comparative negligence rule applies to personal injury cases, including burn injury lawsuits. Comparative negligence means that if the victim is found to be partially responsible for their injuries, their compensation may be reduced in proportion to their level of fault. For example, if the victim is found to be 25% responsible for their burn injury, their compensation may be reduced by 25%.
In cases where a burn injury results in the victim’s death, their family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by spouses, children, parents, and other close relatives of the victim. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit may include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost income, and loss of companionship.
If you are pursuing a burn injury lawsuit in Texas, it is important to understand the insurance coverage available. If the negligent party has insurance coverage, their insurance company may be responsible for paying damages in the lawsuit. In addition, if the victim has their own insurance coverage, such as health insurance or auto insurance, these policies may provide coverage for their injuries.
Documenting the Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in Texas, it is important to document the injury as thoroughly as possible. This can include taking photographs of the injury, keeping records of medical treatments and expenses, and gathering witness statements. By documenting the injury, you can provide evidence to support your burn injury lawsuit
The Chavez Law Firm is a personal injury law firm in Texas that has extensive experience in handling burn injury lawsuits. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping victims and their families pursue the compensation they deserve.
Here are some ways in which the Chavez Law Firm can help with burn injury lawsuits in Texas:
- Legal Expertise: Our team of experienced attorneys has in-depth knowledge of Texas burn injury laws and can help you understand your legal rights and options.
- Investigation: We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of your burn injury and identify all responsible parties.
- Gathering Evidence: We will gather evidence to support your case, including medical records, witness statements, and photographs of the injury.
- Negotiation: We will negotiate with insurance companies and other parties involved to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- Court Representation: If necessary, we will represent you in court to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Compassion and Support: We understand that burn injuries can be traumatic and life-changing. We will provide compassionate support to you and your family throughout the legal process.
At the Chavez Law Firm, we are committed to helping burn injury victims and their families recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help with your burn injury lawsuit in Texas.