Burn injuries are among the most traumatic and life-altering events an individual can experience. At the Fort Worth based Kisselburgh Law FIrm, we specialize in representing victims of severe burn injuries, understanding the profound physical and emotional toll they take.
Understanding Burn Injuries
A burn injury damages layers of the skin. In more severe cases, it can damage tissue and even bone. According to the CDC, each year approximately 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. Approximately 50,000 of require hospitalization. Up to 10,000 people in the United States die every year of burn-related infections.
Causes of Burns
Common causes include:
- Scalding liquids and grease
- Electrical shock
Whether the cause of the burn is an industrial accident, a gas explosion or a car/truck wreck, the consequences can be devastating.
Types of Burns
Burn injuries are categorized based on their severity:
- 1st degree burns—this is the mildest form of a burn. They are usually called superficial burns which affect only the outer layer of skin, causing redness and mild pain.
- 2nd degree burns—these burns, also known as partial thickness burns, can affect the first layer of skin down to the dermis, the lower layer of skin, causing blisters and intense pain.
- 3rd degree burns—the most severe type of burns, also known as full thickness burns, go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues and damages or destroys the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath the skin.
Treatment for Burns
- 1st degree burns: Usually can be treated with antibiotic cream and other over-the-counter remedies.
- 2nd degree burns: These types of burns may require stronger prescription antibiotic cream to prevent any possible infection.
- 3rd degree burns: These can be life-threatening and often require debridement (removal of the dead tissue to help the wound heal) and skin grafts.
Long term effects
The aftermath of a severe burn injury can last a lifetime. Victims often grapple with:
- Disfiguring scars and contractures.
- Severe infection
- Loss of pigmentation, increased risk of skin cancer
- Emotional trauma and pain
Moreover, the financial burden of treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitation can be overwhelming for victims and their families.
Our Experience in Representing Burn Victims
At the Fort Worth based Kisselburgh Law Firm, Robert has represented many clients with severe burns. In one case, Robert represented a woman who was trapped in a fire and suffered 3rd degree burns over 50% of her body. It was a horrific injury and ultimately, she did not survive her burns. Robert has also represented clients seriously burned by electrocution, fire, and explosions, including a child severely burned as a result of a natural gas explosion.
Contact our Experienced Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the fault of someone else, you need to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who has a successful track record of representing clients who suffered burns. Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION. If you want to discuss a burn injury case, call us at 817-500-0990 or contact us online.