One of the most painful – and dangerous – injuries an accident victim can suffer is a burn injury. It is estimated that there are more than one million people who suffer burn injuries each year. Almost 50,000 of those victims suffer burns so severe that they need to be hospitalized. A burn injury lawyer in Houston, TX knows that there are a number of different types of accidents caused by the negligence of others that can result in burn injuries, including defective products, car accidents, and electric shock.
Burn injuries cause both a significant amount of pain, as well as deep scarring, depending on the severity of the burn. However, burn injury victims are also vulnerable to complications that can arise because of the injury. These complications can lead to serious health issues and can be fatal.
A frequent complication that burn injury victims deal with is infection. The main job of our skin is to act as a shield for our body, protecting it from bacteria. When the skin is damaged due to a burn injury, it is unable to protect and prevent these contaminants from entering.
A Houston burn injury lawyer knows one of the most dangerous of these infections is sepsis. This infection quickly spreads through the victim’s bloodstream throughout the entire body, attacking the organs. If sepsis is not caught in time, the victim will die. Victims who do survive sepsis are sometimes left with permanent organ damage.
A victim who has suffered serious to severe burn injuries is usually confined to a bed while they recover. But this can have an impact on their body’s circulation system, putting the victim at risk of developing blood clots in the arms and legs. These clots can quickly travel to major organs and be fatal.
Low Blood Volume
The more serious the burn, the deeper through the skin’s layers it damages. If the burn is severe enough, the damage can go all the way through and cause damage to surrounding blood vessels. This leaves the body unable to maintain the blood flow it needs and leaves the heart unable to pump enough blood.
Scars and Mobility Limitations
Even a minor burn can leave a victim with scarring. The more severe, the more scarring and disfigurement they suffer. This can also have an impact on the victim’s mobility.
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No matter what type of accident resulted in your burn injury, a burn injury lawyer can help you get the financial compensation you deserve if the incident that caused your injuries were the result of negligence or recklessness of another party. You may be entitled to damages for all of your medical expenses – both present and future – as well as lost income if you were unable to work while you recovered from your injuries. If your injuries have left you unable to return to work, you may be entitled to loss of future income. Other damages may include pain and suffering, emotional anguish, disfigurement, scarring, and permanent disability.
If you lost a loved one due to burn injuries, our legal team can help you pursue a wrongful death claim against those parties responsible.
To learn more, call John K. Zaid & Associates to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with a dedicated Houston, TX burn injury lawyer