San Antonio Burn Injury Lawyers
When Preventable Suffering Occurs, We Demand Answers. No Matter What.
While some burns are an inconvenience, others have the potential to change the rest of a person’s life. They're painful, can require extensive treatment, and, when they’re severe enough, burn injuries often have severe financial repercussions for those they harm.
Frustratingly, burn injuries are often preventable. Whether they’re caused during a refinery accident or after a car accident, our San Antonio burn injury lawyers have what it takes to help clients recover financially. We've earned a reputation for never backing down from a fight and refusing to let clients be mistreated. The result? Billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts recovered after preventable accidents.
Contact our San Antonio burn injury law firm today at (888) 493-1629 for help. We’re standing by to take your call, listen to what happened, and help you decide what to do next at no charge.
How Burn Injuries Happen
Burn injuries can happen for multiple reasons and present in varying degrees of severity.
Generally, burns happen in three different ways:
- Thermal burns occur when a person contacts flames, steam, heated liquids or metals, and other hot substances.
- Chemical burns describe when a person is exposed to a harmful substance such as acid.
- Flash burns occur when a person is too close to an explosion or another source of extreme and sudden heat.
A person’s skin isn’t the only thing that’s harmed by extreme heat; the lungs are also at risk of injury. Inhalation injuries frequently accompany burn injuries as people who suffer from them inhale super-heated air, chemicals, and other harmful substances. Inhalation injuries can cause lasting damage to a person’s respiratory system and can also worsen preexisting conditions a person might have.
Signs of inhalation injuries include:
- Coughing up phlegm
- Irritated sinuses
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Running nose
- Scratchy, irritated throat
- Shortness of breath
Inhalation injuries happen in three common ways. First, heat inhalation injuries occur when a person is as dangerous substances burn during a fire, a person can sustain inhalation injuries from toxins. Finally, smoke inhalation causes serious injuries and causes about 60 to 80% of fatalities for burn victims.
The Types of Burn Injuries
Medical professionals classify burns by degrees to communicate the extent of injury a person with them is experiencing. Distinguishing what type of burn a person has is important as doing so determines how much medical treatment a person needs. It also provides a basic idea for how much a person’s injuries might impact the rest of their life.
- First-degree burn injuries are more common and less serious than other types of burn injuries. While they can be painful, first-degree burns only require minor treatment and bandaging.
- Second-degree burns occur when an injury extends beyond the first layer of skin. They might require a medical assessment to decide if they require more care than a bandage. Importantly, those with second degree burns should avoid using topical treatments until consulting with a doctor.
- Third-degree and fourth-degree burns are always serious injuries and require urgent medical care. These burns go through multiple layers of skin and can even damage a person’s muscles and bones. Accident survivors with these burns often need surgery.
Signs of a third- and fourth-degree burn include:
- White coloration
- Smooth, waxy appearance of skin
- Brown discoloration
- Conspicuous lack of blisters
An in-depth guide to burn injuries can be found at Medlineplus.gov.
How Burn Injuries Are Treated
If a person suspects they have sustained burn injuries, they need to get medical attention as soon as possible. Cooling a burn with water is only a temporary solution that can assist with pain. Burn injuries require extensive medical care and can be excruciating for those suffering from them. Despite this, advances in medical technology mean that burn survivors have a better chance than ever for recovery.
Research and advancements in medical technology mean those with burns can live a less restrictive lifestyle after recovering from their injuries. Skin grafting helps burned skin heal by taking tissue from an unaffected portion of a person’s body and applying it to an area that needs to heal. With skin grafting, skin that would’ve never healed on its own can have a chance at recovery.
Types of skin grafts include:
- Split-thickness grafts
- Full-thickness grafts
- Pinch grafts
- Pedicle grafts
Each year, more Americans are killed or injured doing industrial work than any other nation in the world. Though government agencies such as OSHA have helped make American workers safer than other, they can’t watch every employer and job site. However, employers are still legally and morally responsible for protecting workers. When accidents happen, it’s often because a company cut corners to save money, failed to train employees, or disregarded basic safety processes. No one should have their life changed by an accident that others were supposed to prevent.
The Magellan Corpus Christi Explosion & Fire
On the morning of December 5, 2020, an explosion occurred at Magellan’s Corpus Christi petroleum storage facility. The incident occurred as crews from Shelton Services were cleaning a storage tank used for residual white crude oil. Seven workers required treatment at local hospitals, with five of them sent to a burn unit in San Antonio for their severe injuries. Currently, officials are investigating the accident to determine what caused it.
Burn Injury FAQ
How Much Does Hiring a Burn Injury Lawyer Cost?
Getting our help is free of charge because of our contingency fee basis. This means that we cover all costs associated with a case and only collect a payment if we secure results for a client. Doing this makes getting the help you deserve risk-free, stress-free, and allows you to focus on what matters: your recovery.
What Can I Recover with a Burn Injury Lawsuit?
Our team will focus on helping you recover the compensation you need for the full extent of your financial losses. This often includes medical treatment, lost wages, the lost ability to work, pain, suffering, and other complications associated with burn injuries. Ultimately, we’re always focused on fighting for the compensation that enables a person to move on after their accident.
Why Are Burn Injuries Serious?
Burn injuries are serious for two reasons. First, they’re incredibly painful and force a person to suffer significantly as they work towards recovery. Second, their recovery requires the best medical care, something that is expensive and not available to everyone. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, it’s our mission to fight to help make sure the costs of a burn injury don’t prevent a client from healing.
Our San Antonio Burn Injury Lawyers Fight for Results. No Matter What.
When workers face conditions each day that put them at risk of burn injuries, employers should be especially focused on making sure they’re protected. Nothing excuses the preventable suffering of workers, and our San Antonio burn injury lawyers know this. While we can’t change what happened to you or your loved one, we can fight for the compensation needed to get the care you deserve and the chance to rebuild your life.
Our team has a reputation for being the fierce advocates clients deserve no matter who they are facing or how hard the fight will be. We’ve earned this reputation for good reasons. When the other side isn’t being fair, we tell them it isn’t acceptable. When companies try to escape accountability, we’re there to make sure they know it won’t be easy. Over the years, our dedication to getting what clients need rather than what they’ve been offered has produced billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for them.
Find out if we can help you recover by calling (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. We’re standing by to talk right now.