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Burn injury Attorney in Houston

    If you suffered severe burn injuries in an accident in Houston, you might be owed significant financial compensation for your losses – including your past and future medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering. A burn injury lawyer in Houston can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.

    At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our full-service law firm is dedicated to representing injured Houstonians like you, helping them pursue compensation and accountability from liable parties and their insurance companies. Our attorneys and staff will not only demand maximum financial recovery on your behalf but will also help you get the medical care you need and regularly check in on you during your recovery to see how else we can help you. With our firm, you will never be treated like just another claim number. You are part of our family. Contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, for a free initial case evaluation to find out what a Houston burn injury lawyer from our firm can do for you.

    How Are Burns Classified?

    Burn injuries are classified by degree according to the severity of the damage. In ascending order, these degrees are:

    • First-degree burns – These are the least severe type of burn injury and affect only the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. First-degree burns usually cause skin redness and pain and typically heal on their own within a few days to a few weeks. Treatment may require over-the-counter pain medication and burn creams, which help keep the skin from drying out and prevent bacterial infection.
    • Second-degree burns – Second-degree burns penetrate the second layer of skin or dermis. These burns usually cause swelling and blistering and can turn the skin red, white, or blotchy. Second-degree burns can cause severe pain and may lead to permanent scarring. Less serious second-degree burns may be treated at home with regularly changed bandages and burn cream. More severe injuries may require treatment from a wound care specialist.
    • Third-degree burns – Third-degree burns cause damage down to the layer of fat tissue beneath the skin. The burnt skin may look black, brown, white, or have a leathery appearance. These burns also destroy nerve cells in the skin and cause numbness. Third-degree burns require immediate medical attention and potentially a skin graft to repair the damaged areas.

    Complications and Lasting Effects of Burns

    More severe burn injuries can lead to a wide range of long-term complications, including:

    • Nerve damage, as third-degree burns destroy nerve cells in the skin
    • Disfigurement, including the loss of fingers, hands, feet, arms, and legs that sustain a severe burn injury
    • Infections, which can lead to serious medical conditions such as gangrene and sepsis
    • Scarring, which can restrict the range of motion and affect breathing ability due to the tightening effect scarring has on the skin

    Medical Costs and Other Losses for Houston Burn Victims

    Moderate and severe burn injuries often require extensive medical treatment, such as:

    • Skin grafts, which take healthy skin tissue from other parts of the body to replace permanently damaged tissue around deep burn wounds
    • Plastic surgery, which may be needed to increase the flexibility of body parts restricted by scar tissue and improve the appearance of scarred areas
    • Medications, including antibiotics, if you develop secondary infections
    • Physical and occupational therapy, which can help you stretch scarred skin to keep it flexible and restore range of motion
    • Water-based treatments to clean burn wounds and help promote the natural healing process