Houston Burn Injury Lawyer
Representing the Badly Burned
in Houston and Across Texas
Our highest-rated Houston burn injury attorneys have been trusted by people badly burned for more than three decades. We have many multi-million dollar burn injury victories.
According to records, the Houston Fire Department responds to thousands of fires every year. Many of these incidents may have been false alarms and other minor accidents, but some were serious fires resulting from someone’s carelessness that caused severe burns. Of course, burns may result from different sources in addition to fire, including chemical burns or electrical burns.
Those harmed by another’s careless actions can face long-term and costly consequences. However, in many instances, the law provides recourse for victims of another’s negligence to recover compensation for the harms they face and the trauma they experience because of their burns.
Speak with an award-winning Houston burn injury lawyer at Baumgartner Law Firm. Our Texas burn injury law firm has been helping those with fire and burn injuries for over three decades and have won every single burn case we have taken! Call 281-587-1111!
We have numerous multi-million dollar burn injury wins!
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Common Burn Injury Causes
Fires are the most common cause of burns. Lack of smoke detectors, non-compliance with fire codes, or poor electrical wiring are examples of negligence that may lead to or increase the risk of injury in the event of a fire.
The skin comprises the epidermis (outer layer) and dermis (inner layer). First-degree burns only damage the epidermis, second-degree burns damage the epidermis and dermis, and third-degree burns penetrate underlying tissue, muscle, and even bone.
Often, third-degree burns result in skin grafts and serious scarring. Treatment for severe burns can lead to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in short- and long-term medical care.
Taking Legal Action after Burn Injuries
Important first steps after a serious burn include contacting the best personal injury attorney for a burn injury in your area and letting the lawyer worry about your case while you recover.
Personal injury claims commonly result from burn accidents. To win a personal injury case, a plaintiff must prove the following:
- A duty of care between the parties;
- The defendant breached that duty of care;
- The breach caused the injury; and
- The victims suffered substantial damages.
After a burn accident lawyer in Texas establishes a basis for liability, the focus becomes that of maximizing damages.
Houston’s highest-rated personal injury attorneys have won burn cases against apartment building owners, auto manufacturers, daycare centers, and construction accident cases involving severe burns. We are undefeated and have never lost a burn injury lawsuit.
What are Burn Injury Damages?
In most personal injury cases in Texas, only compensatory damages are usually sought. Compensatory damages include economic damage like lost wages and medical expenses and non-economic damages like emotional pain and suffering.
Disfigurement is one element that is significant in the calculation of burn injury damages. Punitive damages are possible, but only when the plaintiff can prove malice or gross negligence on the defendant’s part.
If the victim dies, the surviving family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to compensate the surviving family members for their loss due to death. If the deceased burn victim stays alive for a time after the accident, a survival claim will be part of the lawsuit.
Wrongful death cases in Texas are available to spouses, children, and parents in Texas, and those lawsuits seek to provide compensation for the loss of a loved one. In addition, survival actions are brought to compensate a family member’s estate for the suffering and expenses before death. If the burn victim lived for a time before dying from injuries in the accident, the deceased’s estate would have a case. A close relative usually represents the estate for lawsuit purposes.
How Much are Burn Injury Settlements?
Since Joan of Arc’s time, burns have been associated with severe trauma and punishment. The jury verdict research reflects the seriousness of severe burn injury cases. Burn cases tend to include higher compensation when liability is clear.
Because of the trauma associated with burns, burn injury cases generally have a much higher verdict potential with juries. Recent studies have shown that burn cases that involve extensive third-degree burns can bring multiples above the economic damages not found in other types of cases.
Relatively minor burns such as first-degree are not valued like the more severe burns. One study found that first-degree burn cases often bring less than expected, while second and 3rd-degree burns bring substantially more.
The personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have handled numerous severe burn injury cases, some involving wrongful death and most involving disfigurement and substantial other human damages.
Some cases we have successfully litigated include apartment fires, fuel-fed gas fires from automobile accidents, scalding burns, chemical burns, and explosions. Of course, the damages vary from case to case, and factors such as liability and the extent of the burns are always considered. We also pursue punitive damage claims in many of our burn injury cases.
We have handled numerous multimillion-dollar burn injury cases. Call our burn injury lawyers in Texas for a free no-obligation consultation about your burn injury case. 281-587-1111.
Types of Fire and Burn Injury Cases Our Houston Burn Injury Lawyers Handle
For over three decades, we have represented folks badly burned and families who have lost a loved one. We are undefeated in our burn injury cases.
Our law firm handles these types of burn lawsuits:
- Apartment fires
- Fuel-fed fires from car accidents
- Chemical burns in the workplace
- Electrical burns
- Dangerous products
- Hot water scalding burns
Our Experienced Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help
Our award-winning founding attorney has represented burn victims and their families for over 35 years. We have won numerous burn and wrongful death cases. And have won apartment fires cases, product liability fires, electrical burns, and many others.
If We Don’t Win You Money, You Pay Nothing
If we accept your case, we do so on a contingency fee basis. Our fee is contingent or conditioned on you getting money in your pocket. If our burn attorneys don’t win your case, you pay us nothing.
Some of Our Recent Burn Injury Victories
Our burn injury lawyers in Texas have won many burn injury lawsuits. Here are a few cases where we won enormous settlements for our clients.
*Tenants were caught in a fire and suffered significant burns. The insurance company denied liability before we filed a lawsuit. After conducting discovery and showing landlord violations regarding smoke detectors, the insurance company paid their substantial (7-figure) policy limits.
*After a pickup truck was rear-ended and fire consumed the vehicle killing the occupant. We sued the negligent driver and the pickup manufacturer and obtained a huge seven-figure settlement for the family.
*Severe burns occurred when the hot water heater had been set too high. After initially refusing to pay, the insurance company tendered the policy limits before trial (7 figures).
*Hot water was accidentally spilled on a child. Medical bills totaled $5000. Our top-rated attorneys settled the case for a high 6-figure amount.
*Chemical was ingested, resulting in a burned esophagus. Before trial, the defendant paid a high multi-million dollar amount. The family was overjoyed!
*A house caught fire, killing the occupant. The landlord denied responsibility. After our Texas burn injury lawyers filed suit and conducted discovery, the insurance company paid policy limits.
*A rental house burned, and the occupant was badly burned due to failure to follow the rules for smoke detectors. After filing a lawsuit, the insurance company tendered its substantial policy limits.
About Apartment Fire Lawsuits
Our law firm has handled numerous cases involving apartment fire burns and wrongful death from a fire.
Some lawsuits have centered on a landlord’s violation of their obligations regarding inspecting and maintaining smoke detectors.
Other lawsuits have involved the causes of the fire and different defendants.
Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer Early!
The victim or their families must contact a burn injury attorney as soon as possible. Because fire may destroy much of the critical evidence, relevant cause, and origin, fire experts must be hired to inspect the scene quickly. Call our experienced Texas burn injury lawyers for a consultation if you have questions. Call (281) 587-1111.
Landlords and Smoke Detector Obligations in Texas
In Texas, the landlord’s obligations regarding smoke detectors are generally covered in Section 92.255, which provides:
(a) A landlord shall install at least one smoke alarm in each separate bedroom in a dwelling unit. In addition:
(1) if the dwelling unit is designed to use a single room for dining, living, and sleeping, the smoke alarm must be located inside the room;
(2) if multiple bedrooms are served by the same corridor, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the corridor in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms; and
(3) if the dwelling unit has multiple levels, at least one smoke alarm must be located on each level.
(b) If a dwelling unit was occupied as a residence before September 1, 2011, or a certificate of occupancy was issued for the dwelling unit before that date, a smoke alarm installed in accordance with Subsection (a) may be powered by a battery and is not required to be interconnected with other smoke alarms, except that a smoke alarm that is installed to replace a smoke alarm that was in place on the date the dwelling unit was first occupied as a residence must comply with residential building code standards that applied to the dwelling unit on that date or Section 92.252(b).
Other states may have different duties regarding smoke detectors.
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Do you make house calls or hospital visits?
What kind of cases do you accept?
We are very selective in the cases that we agree to handle to provide the best possible service to our clients. By limiting the number of cases that we accept, we can provide the time attention, and resources required to maximize compensation for our clients.
Accordingly, our practice is limited to cases involving substantial injury or a family who has lost a loved one. We have gained a reputation for handling 18-wheeler truck accidents, car and drunk driving crashes, daycare injury cases, and other serious injury and wrongful death matters. To learn more about the cases we cover, visit our practice areas page.
Do I have to pay money out of my pocket to hire you?
Do you handle all types of personal injury cases?
No, we are very selective in the cases that we agree to accept. We intentionally limit the number of cases that we handle and the practice areas for the cases we take to provide the best possible personal service for our clients. To learn more about the cases we cover, visit our practice areas page or you can contact us for individual consultation about your case. (281) 587-1111.
What is the best way to contact you?
We prefer to be contacted by telephone and also respond to our online consultation requests. You can call us 24/7 at (281) 587-1111. We offer Zoom consultations as well.
How successful have you been with your cases?
We are a personal injury law firm with over three decades of experience and are extremely proud of our winning track record of success. Our founder is nationally recognized as among the best personal injury lawyers in the USA. We are undefeated in truck accident cases, wrongful death cases, and daycare negligence and invite you to check out our results page for recent results in cases we won.
For the last 35 years, we have concentrated on maximizing our client’s compensation in serious injury and wrongful death cases. If you are looking for the best personal injury lawyers in Houston – Call us! (281) 587-1111.
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