A collision between a semi-truck and a car in Austin earlier this month left the driver of the car dead after his vehicle was engulfed in flames. Many serious car and truck accidents result in vehicle fires and explosions, and even those who survive are often left with severe, permanent injuries and scarring. If you or a family member has suffered burn injuries in a car accident, an attorney can help you understand your options for compensation.
The Effects of Burn Injuries
The extent to which a burn injury affects your life and health often depends on the severity of the burn. While first-degree burns often heal completely over time, second-degree burns can result in permanent scarring, and third-degree burns, which penetrate to the fat under the skin, can damage nerves. Burn wounds can also result in significant blood loss, infection, and decreased mobility in joints near the burn, and the smoke that accompanies a fire can also cause respiratory problems. Some accident victims are killed due to being trapped in a burning car, while others may die after the accident due to complications from their injuries.
Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving Burn Injuries
If you have lost a loved one due to burn injuries from a car accident, you may have a case for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused the crash. This could be the case if the driver was drunk, distracted, or otherwise unsafely operating the vehicle at the time of the collision. Through your lawsuit, you can seek compensation for the victim’s medical expenses and pain and suffering, as well as burial expenses, income that your family has lost, and your grief and loss of a companion.
If you have suffered burn injuries personally, it is important to understand all of the damages for which you may be due compensation. In addition to your medical bills, you may be struggling to provide for yourself if your injuries affect your ability to return to work. For burns that result in permanent scarring or disfigurement, which may also affect your mental health, you can choose to pursue non-economic damages for your pain and suffering as well.
Contact a New Braunfels Burn Injury Attorney
Whether your burn injuries were caused by the driver of another car, a truck, or any other instance of negligence on the part of someone else, The Bettersworth Law Firm can help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses. Contact a New Braunfels personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation at 830-443-9193.