Corpus Christi Burn Injury Lawyer
Seek Compensation After a Severe Burn
Burns caused by fires, electrocution, chemicals, and other heat or caustic sources can be severe. They can result in physical and emotional harm that can affect a person for the rest of their life. Treating burn injuries often requires extensive medical treatment, and care is usually needed long after the individual heals to aid in their recovery. The expenses can be high, but the financial burdens should not rest on the victim if another person or entity harmed them. The party who caused the injury should be liable. The victim can pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against them. If you or a loved one suffered a severe burn because of someone else's negligence or intentional act, reach out to a lawyer for assistance in seeking justice.
I am Robert J. Gonzalez, a burn injury attorney in Corpus Christi. At my firm, Robert J. Gonzalez, Attorney at Law, I provide compassionate and dedicated legal counsel to accident victims. A former Municipal Court Judge, I am intimately familiar with the processes of the judicial system. I use this insight and my in-depth legal knowledge to work toward obtaining the monetary recovery my clients need and deserve. I recognize that no amount of money can erase the experience and pain of suffering a severe burn injury, but it can relieve some of the financial stresses arising from the accident.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are separated into three categories based on how deep the wound is and how much skin is affected.
The burn injury classifications include:
- First-degree burns: These are mild injuries and only affect the top layer of skin. The skin becomes red but doesn't necessarily blister. A sunburn is an example of this classification.
- Second-degree burns: These are more serious than first-degree burns and harm the skin's top and lower layers. The skin can become red, painful, and swollen.
- Third-degree burns: This is the most severe category of injury. The burn can be life-threatening and affects not only the top and lower layers of skin but also the fatty layer. It may also damage bones, tendons, muscles, and nerve endings.
While third-degree burns are the most serious, first- and second-degree can become severe if the wound gets infected.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are several ways a person can suffer a burn injury.
Causes can include:
- Chemicals and toxic substances, and
Some burn injuries can result from another person's or entity's negligence or intentional actions. For example, an individual can be burned in a car accident if a vehicle catches fire, or an injury can be sustained at work or in an oilfield fire if proper procedures weren't followed.
If another party caused your burn injury in Corpus Christi, reach out to me to learn how you may hold them responsible.
Effects of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can affect a person's overall quality of life. They can lead to not only physical but also emotional harm. Even after the wound heals, the victim often needs professional care and treatment to further their recovery.
Physical complications can include:
- Weakness in the affected area
- Impaired functioning of a limb
- Organ failure
- Severe infection
Some of the emotional and mental impacts include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Behavioral changes
Because of the various effects of burns, several types of treatment may be needed to help the individual recover. Physical wounds may require surgery and/or skin grafting. After the injury has healed, the individual may also need medication, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Emotional and mental injuries may need to be treated with psychotherapy and attendance in support groups.
Treatment can get expensive. However, by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit, the individual can recover compensation for medical care, pain/suffering, lost wages, and decreased quality of life.
I can help you pursue just financial recovery in your case. I apply my skills, knowledge, and talents to build persuasive legal strategies. An experienced litigator, I am prepared to negotiate a fair settlement or take your matter to court if necessary.
Reach Out to Me Today
If you need a burn injury lawyer in Corpus Christi, please do not hesitate to speak to me about your case. During a free consultation, I will learn about your situation and discuss legal avenues to explore.