The burn injury attorneys at Roberts & Roberts have a history of helping people in Texas and across the United States in lawsuits over serious burns caused by the carelessness of others. Over the past 35 years, Roberts & Roberts has established a national reputation for representing clients in significant personal injury matters.
If you have suffered a severe burn injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you need the experienced personal injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts on your side. Contact us now at 903-597-6000 or fill out our online form. The call costs you nothing … and it could mean everything.
We serve clients in Waco, Beaumont, Longview, Lufkin, Texarkana and Tyler, as well as throughout East Texas and across the state.
The firm has been featured on dozens of television programs, including Fox and Friends, ABC Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NBC’s Dateline. Our Texas burn injury lawyers have also been featured in national magazines, including Time and Newsweek.
What We Do For You
The attorneys and staff at Roberts & Roberts can help if you or someone you love has suffered a serious burn injury because someone else was negligent. Most of the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law or civil trial law. That means you will have a legal specialist at your side.
- We have a team of experts ready to assist you in holding the at-fault party accountable.
- We have experts in rehabilitation who can tell if someone has been permanently injured and determine the economic consequences that the burn injury will have on their future ability to earn a living.
- We have economists who can calculate the damages, including lost income, caused by your burn injuries.
- We have life care planners who can forecast medical expenses of someone who has been catastrophically injured.
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About Texas Burn Injury Lawsuits
A serious burn injury can be life threatening and life altering. According to the American Burn Association, more than 500,000 people are treated for burn injuries every year. Up to 12,000 victims will die from their burn injuries, and thousands more will face significant or permanent disabilities. Electricity, fire, hot liquids, chemicals and radiation exposure are just some of the causes of burn injuries.
Burn injuries are put into one of three categories based on the extent of the damage:
- First-degree burns, which affect the outer layer of the skin, and usually heal in about a week.
- Second-degree burns, which penetrate the dermis, the deeper layer of skin. Some second-degree burns heal on their own within two weeks, while deeper burns require three to four weeks to heal, often causing scars.
- Third-degree burns, which penetrate into subcutaneous tissue and may require skin grafting or other reconstructive procedures.
Although minor burns are usually treatable with basic first aid, serious burn injuries can leave behind a lifetime of pain, scarring, disfigurement and disability. A burn victim could require skin grafts, which is a medical process where burned areas are replaced with undamaged skin from elsewhere on the body. Other procedures to help burn victims include skin replacement (a temporary alternative to a skin graft), physical therapy and reconstructive surgery (to repair skin disfigurement and scarring).
Nerve damage can also result from severe burns, diminishing the sense of touch and pain. Burns can also affect the skin’s ability to prevent loss of body fluids, so burn injuries can lead to dehydration. The skin also regulates body temperature by controlling the amount of evaporation from the sweat glands. Not only can burn injuries severely affect the body’s functioning, but they can also drastically alter a person’s appearance. They frequently result in permanent scars that can cause severe mental and psychological coping difficulties.
Because burn victims have endured a traumatic event, they often struggle with both physical and emotional recovery. Some of the complications of a burn injury can include:
- Significant pain
- Organ damage
- Body chemistry damage
- Permanent sensitivity to temperature change
Defective household and industrial products, flammable materials, car accidents, structural fires, gas explosions, workplace accidents and faulty electrical wiring are some of the most common causes of burn injuries. Frequently these accidents are the result of one or more parties’ negligent or criminal acts.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you don’t think there is anyone to blame for the injury, it is important to consult a personal injury attorney to make sure your legal rights are protected.
Because severe burn injuries require expensive treatments and can leave lasting marks of disfigurement, settlements and jury awards in these cases are often significant. Compensation for burns depends on the injury, the ability of your attorney to prove the level of damages incurred and the fact that someone else’s negligence caused the accident. In addition to medical costs, damage awards may consider pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future income, disfigurement, loss of consortium and other damages.