In personal injury law, compensatory damages, also known as actual damages, are damages awarded by a court equivalent to the loss suffered by a party. Compensatory or actual damages can be further broken down into economic damages and non-economic damages.
The economic damages that may be recovered in an injury claim include expenses for past and future medical treatments, loss of past and future wages and lost earning capacity, vocational rehabilitation, property damages, and other out-of-pocket expenses, including costs for household services that you are unable to perform while injured. Economic damages resulting from a severe burn injury are usually extensive. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and when it gets burned, the results can include permanent scarring, tissue damage, and even death. The economic cost of such an injury is exorbitant, and recovering these costs is essential to moving forward.
In addition to the economic damages described above, you are also entitled to non-economic damages such as pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. These intangible damages vary widely from person to person and do not come with a receipt or an itemized bill. Non-economic damages depend upon a person’s unique situation and the life they led before the accident. Presenting a credible, legitimate claim for non-economic damages is something that requires a trained legal mind with expertise in the field of personal injury law and damages.
Varying Degree of Burn Injuries
The value of your economic and non-economic damages will largely depend upon the degree of burn you suffered. Burns are classified as either first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree, depending on how deep and severely they penetrate the skin's surface.
First Degree Burns
First-degree (superficial) burns are the least severe, as they affect only the epidermis, or outer layer of skin.
Second Degree Burns
Second-degree (partial thickness) burns are next in severity. Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of skin. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful.
Third Degree Burns
Third-degree (full-thickness) burns are the most serious type of burn. Third-degree burns destroy the epidermis and dermis. Third-degree burns may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. Third-degree burns often cause permanent scarring.
Accidents Causing Severe Burn Injuries
Regardless of how you received your burn injury, we can help. Our team of accomplished attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm handles severe burn injuries that occur in many ways.
Post-accident fires, which are often the result of a manufacturing defect or faulty vehicle design, can cause severe burn injuries. A car should not ignite or explode after an accident; if it does, it may be caused by a product defect or design, such as an ill-placed fuel tank.
If you were in an accident in which a vehicle ignited and/or exploded, you need an attorney who knows product liability law to conduct an independent investigation of the crash to determine the exact cause of the fire. If you want to hold manufacturers of defective products liable for your injuries, it is vital that you retain professionals in this area of law to help you.
Exploding Pressure Cookers and Other Defective Products
If you were burned by a pressure cooker or other consumer product that caught fire or exploded, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, scars, medical treatment, and more. Many consumer products can cause severe burn injuries, including:
- Pressure Cookers
- Kitchen Appliances
- Space Heaters
- Power Tools
- Electric Blankets
When manufacturers fail to produce safe products, consumers suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them in physical, emotional, and financial turmoil. Regardless of the product that burned you, it is important to have the product investigated by attorneys with expertise in product liability to make sure the manufacturer is held responsible.
Industrial Accidents and Explosions
Texas is home to many industrial plants, which are a major source of employment for our community. Unfortunately, industrial plants contain many hazards, one being the possibility of explosion. Injuries caused by industrial explosions are highly complex cases that necessitate the use of trained experts. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have helped many clients throughout Texas recover fair compensation for injuries caused by industrial explosions and know how to navigate these complex cases. If you or a family member were injured in an industrial accident, we will hold the wrongdoer responsible and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Dallas Burn Injury Attorney
Whether you were involved in a post-collision fire or injured by a defective product, you need experienced attorneys to hold the wrongdoers responsible and recover the compensation you are entitled to under the law. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have served clients throughout Dallas for over twenty years and have recovered over $1 Billion for our injured clients. With our help, you can have confidence that all wrongdoers will be held responsible for their actions and that you will recover fair compensation under the law.