Did you or a loved one suffer serious burns and need legal help? Check out these 3 burn injury tips, then call our attorneys to get started on your case.
1. After a Burn Injury
I had a young man come in the other day who was involved in a serious oilfield accident and received burns. One of the questions he asked was what he should do about his burn injuries. There are several things that need to be done, the most obvious being to seek immediate medical attention. You may need to go to a special burn unit to get proper treatment. If this isn’t done timely, then your injuries may not heal. It’s also important that you follow up with another medical doctor of your choice to make sure any untreated injuries you have as a result of these burns get properly taken care of.
The second thing that’s also important is to hire an experienced lawyer who’s handled burn accidents and burn injuries. This is important because there may need to be specific investigations that be done. Prior to any investigation, an experienced lawyer will make sure that your employer gets notified. If it happened at a job site, your attorney will make sure that the people in charge of the job site get properly notified and a report is properly documented to protect you.
An experienced lawyer will also make sure that an investigation is conducted, including finding any material witnesses who may have seen it or may have knowledge of how the burn injuries occurred. There may be surveillance videos at the oilfield accident or wherever the burn injury occurred, that they can make sure gets preserved. They can also ensure that an expert is hired to do any investigations.
2. Choosing a Burn Injury Attorney
When it comes to choosing a personal injury attorney for your burn accident claim, you should ask the following questions. One, are you a personal injury trial lawyer? That means that you do nothing but personal injury work. You don’t handle divorces, bankruptcies, and wills. Two, are you a trial lawyer? That means you are a lawyer that will take this case to trial, if necessary. Three, have you done this work before? If the attorney tells you that his is the first time they’ve ever been involved in a fire case, then that’s not the lawyer for you. Four, are you board-certified? Board certification by the state of Texas proves you have expertise in this area. Only three percent of the lawyers in personal injury have board certification.
3. Burn Injury Compensation
If you have suffered serious burn injuries, under Texas law you are entitled to recover damages for the pain and suffering you have endured. You are also entitled to compensation for mental anguish. If you are unable to work as a result of the injury, you’re entitled to lost earnings, along with any medical expenses that you have incurred. Burn injuries often result in disfigurement, of which you can also recover compensation for. All of these factors will be left up to the jury, but seeking the right lawyer who is experienced with these types of claims will help you maximize the value of your case.
Have you or a loved one suffered serious burns in an accident and have questions about these 3 burn injury tips?
Contact our experienced Texas burn injury lawyers at Garcia & Ochoa today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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