Get Compensation for Burns with Help from Patino Law Firm
Experiencing an injury is never easy. However, recovery becomes much harder when you know you’ve been hurt due to another’s negligence. At Patino Law Firm, our personal injury attorney specializes in a wide range of injuries, including auto accidents, head injuries, and burns. Many of us have burned ourselves before, whether that’s because of accidentally touching a hot pan or spilling coffee. Sometimes, burn injuries are the result of negligent medical practices or a mishap on the part of a property owner. If you’ve experienced a severe burn at no fault of your own, our law firm is here to help. We work with clients in McAllen and San Antonio, TX, and we’ve helped many to earn the compensation they deserve.
Have You Experienced One of These Types of Burns?
When we think about burns, we often imagine thermal burns caused by hot objects. However, several more types of burns can come as a result of negligent behavior. As our personal injury attorney builds your case, we’ll need to determine the type of burn you have and why it occurred. The most common types of burns include the following:
- Thermal Burns: This type of burn occurs from touching a very hot object, such as a stove, flames, or liquid. When one encounters a scalding surface or item, the skin’s temperature rises, and the cells start to die.
- Chemical Burns: You might receive this type of burn from encountering acids or solvents that haven’t been stored securely.
- Electrical Burns: Electrical appliances can burn you if you encounter the electrical current.
- Radiation Burns: The sun, x-ray machines, and certain medical therapies can all potentially give you radiation burns.
- Cold Burns: This type of burn, also known as frostbite, occurs when someone is exposed to freezing temperatures for too long.
Understanding Burn Levels
While building your case, we’ll also need to have information on how bad the burn is. Typically, we refer to different levels of burns in terms of “degrees.” First- and second-degree burns are painful, but higher-tier burns quickly become even more dangerous to your health in the long run. Here’s a brief overview of how to identify each degree burn:
- First-Degree: These milder burns are typically confined to the outer layer of skin. While these may be painful, like a minor sunburn, first-degree burns are not life-threatening and don’t cause blisters.
- Second-Degree: After a second-degree burn, the outer layer and the layer underneath are both damaged. The skin often appears red in color and begins to blister. Depending on the severity of these burns, you may have long-term scarring.
- Third-Degree: Third-degree burns are not red in color as first- and second-degree burns are, but may instead appear black, brown, or yellow. These burns can damage two whole layers of skin, as well as nerve endings.
- Fourth-Degree: These burns are the most severe and can sometimes be life-threatening. Fourth-degree burns damage all skin layers and may even reach the underlying bones and muscle.
The Numerous Consequences of Burn Injuries
Severe burns can leave you dealing with their consequences for years to come. Not only are burn victims subject to numerous costly surgeries, but they may also experience additional side effects from these procedures. Some patients report excessive bleeding or loss of sensation after burn treatment. During the lengthy recovery process, you may notice even more adverse effects. Burn victims lose the ability to sweat and become especially sensitive to the sun and hot temperatures. The skin also tends to become extremely dry, discolored, and damaged. In addition to these physical effects, many of our clients are also impacted by the trauma and psychological consequences of a significant injury.
Why You Should Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer
Because burn treatment can be so expensive, both financially and physically, we encourage you to seek any compensation you may be eligible for by contacting our firm. If you believe you have a case against a negligent party for causing your severe burns, get in touch with a personal injury or medical malpractice lawyer. At Patino Law Firm, we’ll work to determine if you have a viable case. If so, we’ll make every effort to get you funding to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Don’t allow a significant burn injury to cause you more suffering than necessary.
Consult with Dr. Patino Today
When you’re in need of an experienced personal injury lawyer you can count on, the McAllen and San Antonio communities turn to Patino Law Firm. We’ve helped clients file suits for burn injuries, as well as workplace injuries and premises liability. In addition to personal injury, we’re also well-qualified wrongful death attorneys, should the worst happen. Dr. Patino has worked with numerous clients over the years, and he’s dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you need. Contact us today to set up a consultation.