Austin Burn Injury Lawyers
The human epidermis, or your skin, is the largest organ in your body. It protects your body and also regulates your body temperature. Nerve endings allow you to feel heat, cold, pressure and textures. Although the skin heals quickly and is constantly regenerating, it is not invincible. Burns are perhaps the most painful injury your skin can endure. They can permanently alter your appearance as well as your body’s ability to function. Burns may be classified as:
- Thermal burns
- Light burns
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
Thermal burns are the most common type of burn injury. A thermal burn is caused by the skin being exposed to anything hot, such as spilled coffee, touching a hot stove, being scalded by steam, or contact with an open flame. Thermal burns may be mild to severe. If you have suffered a serious thermal burn, you should have your potential case reviewed by an Austin burn injury lawyer at Flores & Lopez, LLP.
Light burns are caused by exposure to light, including the sun. Light burns may be caused by tanning beds, cancer treatment therapy, defective X-ray machines, and even light bulbs. In addition to defective products and treatments causing light burns, a baby or elderly person left in the sun too long by their caregiver may be entitled to compensation for sunburn. Light burns may also increase a victim’s risks for developing cancer later in life.
Chemical burns are most commonly caused by exposure to household products like bleach, pool chlorine, drain un-cloggers, and cleaning eraser products. Chemical burns may happen at work, at a laboratory, or at home. In some cases, they can continue to get worse and damage deeper layers of skin until the dangerous chemical agent is neutralized. An Austin chemical burn attorney at Flores & Lopez, LLP can help you recover compensation for your serious chemical burn injuries.
Electrical burns are the result of high voltage electricity traveling through the body. Electrical burns may be caused by lightening or any other contact with an electrical current. If enough voltage passes through, the body’s heart can stop, causing death. Dangers for electrical burns are always present for those employed in electrical industries. Electrical burns may cause severe internal damage with very small entry and exit wounds.
Burns are classified as first degree, second degree, or third degree. First degree burns are superficial, only causing damage to the top layer of skin. Burns extending into the second layer of skin, the dermis, are known as second degree burns. Burns damaging the epidermis, dermis, and fat tissue beneath are third degree burns. Third degree burns are the most serious type of burns. Because this type of burn permanently damages the skin’s nerve endings, the victim usually does not feel pain. However, third degree burns are potentially fatal and may require skin grafts for treatment.
After any burn, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If you have been exposed to a chemical, contact a poison control center. Never break blisters, remove dead skin, or apply lotions or adhesives to your burn. Following medical treatment, contact the Austin burn injury law firm of Flores & Lopez, LLP for a free burn injury accident consultation. We will help you determine who is responsible for your serious burns and if you are entitled to monetary compensation.
We understand the additional emotional difficulty of dealing with burn injuries. As a result of burn injuries, victims frequently suffer:
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Mental anguish
Whether you were burned by a defective product, in an automobile accident, or in a construction accident, a burn injury attorney at Flores & Lopez, LLP will be able to help you recover financial damages for both your physical and emotional injuries.
For your free burn injury case consultation, contact the Austin personal injury law firm of Flores & Lopez, LLP at (512) 391-9191. If there is no recovery for your burn injury case, you will not be charged.