San Antonio Burn Injury Lawyer
Committed to Helping Burn Victims Recover Fair Compensation Under Texas Law
San Antonio is a beautiful and historic city to live, work, and play. Whether you’re visiting our fair city or hale from the area, there’s always something new and exciting to see and appreciate in San Antonio. If someone else’s negligence has left you with a serious burn injury, it’s a different story, but you don’t have to face this extreme challenge on your own. An experienced burn injury attorney will help you navigate the path toward healing and just compensation.
Your Burn Injury
Burn injuries are exceedingly painful and often lead to dangerous complications that can be long-lasting. Further, being injured in a fire is an extremely traumatizing event that can lead to overarching emotional and psychological consequences. Additionally, burn injuries on or near the face can be not only disfiguring, but emotionally devastating.
If someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer a serious burn injury, you need experienced legal counsel. Burn injuries often require extended medical treatment, including skin grafts, and can exact extreme consequences. Although no amount of money can ever return you to your pre-accident self, recovering fair compensation for your injury and medical bills can help you better navigate the journey toward recovery. The dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas in San Antonio understands that you’re going through an extremely difficult experience. Our committed burn injury attorneys have the skill, determination, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the compensation you deserve while you focus on healing.
There are three types of burns:
Burn injuries can range from quite mild to deadly, but it’s important to note that even a relatively mild burn is likely to be extremely painful. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, you need immediate medical attention. Early treatment will provide you with the best possibility of healing as swiftly and as healthily as possible. The healing process related to burn injuries is often lengthy, and the severity of your burn will dictate the level of damage you’ll endure:
A first-degree burn damages the outer layer of your skin, also known as the dermis. You will likely experience pain – along with swelling and reddened skin. While first-degree burns are the mildest burn injuries and don’t typically cause permanent damage, they are often extremely painful injuries – especially if the burn covers a large area of your body.
A second-degree burn damages both your skin’s outer layer and its inner layer, also known as the epidermis. A second-degree burn typically will leave your skin very reddened – with both swelling and blisters. The pain from a second-degree burn can be extreme.
A third-degree burn is the most serious of all, and these burns damage your dermis, epidermis, and the tissue that underlies your skin. These burns can also damage your muscles, nerves, and bones. These injuries are closely associated with immense pain that many sufferers consider unmanageable. Third-degree burns require considerable ongoing medical treatment.
Traffic Accidents Often Beget Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are common to car accidents. Traffic accidents are frightening enough, but when there’s fire involved, it takes things to the next level. With the impact of a car accident, one or both of the involved vehicles' fuel tanks can gush or leak gasoline that explodes or catches fire when it comes into contact with a hot surface, such as a car engine. When a car accident erupts into flames, it can trap the occupants of the vehicles involved and burn them as they attempt to escape. All told, it’s difficult to overstate exactly how horrific such a car accident can be.
If you’ve been injured by fire, you need emergency transportation from the scene of the accident and emergency medical care. If the burns you suffered are only first-degree burns and if they don’t cover a large area, you can help yourself by holding your burned flesh under cool but not cold running water for about 10 to 15 minutes to cool the heated area and to help alleviate the associated pain. A topical antibiotic cream can also be useful. If your burn is more serious or if anything is sticking to or lodged in your burn, you should obtain immediate medical attention. Never attempt to dislodge foreign matter from a burn site because doing so can cause further complications; you need professional medical assistance. In addition, because burn injuries are slow to heal, complications like infections are common and can become extremely dangerous. Make sure you receive continuing medical treatment for any serious burn injury.
Because accidents involving fire are so terrifying and traumatic, it’s important to address the psychological and emotional aftermath as well. Many burn victims suffer from serious PTSD-like symptoms that are not only debilitating but also psychologically painful. Because burn injuries are so singularly painful, many victims have a very difficult time moving forward. Major depression and heightened anxiety are frequent side effects. It’s especially common to find getting back behind the wheel of a car very difficult. Accidents that cause burn injuries are difficult to move past, and the seriousness of the emotional aftermath of such accidents should never be discounted.
If Someone Else’s Negligence Has Left You With a Serious Burn Injury, Contact an Experienced San Antonio Burn Injury Attorney Today
If someone else’s negligence leaves you with a burn injury, you need immediate medical attention and experienced legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas in San Antonio understands how harrowing burn injuries are, and we’re committed to helping you move forward on the path to recovery. Our experienced burn injury lawyers have the skill, commitment, and compassion to aggressively advocate for your rights to recover just compensation for your injuries. We’re here to help protect your legal rights, while you focus on healing. Please contact or call us at 210-225-0909 to schedule an appointment at our San Antonio office today.