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  • $11,329,500

    $6,755,449 to Client

    Wrongful Death
    Wrongful Death
    Gross: $11,329,500.00
    Fees: $4,531,800.00
    Expenses: $41,751.38
    Net: $6,755,448.62
  • $5,924,630

    $3,457,992 to Client

    Wrongful Death
    Wrongful Death
    Gross Amount: $5,924,630.00
    Legal Fees: $2,369,854.40
    Expenses: $96,790.05
    To Client: $3,457,991.55
  • $3,776,500

    $2,503,857 to Client

    Wrongful Death
    Negligence/ Wrongful Death
    Gross: $3,776,500
    Fees: $1,258,707
    Exp: $13,917
    To Client: $2,503,857
  • $2,092,500

    $747,038 to Client

    Wrongful Death
    Wrongful Death
    Gross:  $2,092,500.00
    Fees:  $837,000.00
    Expenses: $7,961.64
    Net: $747,038.36
  • $2,019,751

    $1,173,599 to Client

    Breach of Contract
    Breach of Contract
    Gross: $2,019,751
    Fees: $673,183
    Expenses: $172,968
    To Client: $1,173,599
Texas Burn Injury Lawyer

Texas burn injury attorneys help burn victims fight for money they are entitled to after an injury. This can include reimbursement for medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering. Due to the devastating nature of some burn injuries, some may need lifetime care. Often, insurance companies will fight not to pay for this care.

A Texas burn injury attorney fights back to get victims the money they need to sustain their life. Often these cases are settled out of court but in some instances civil trials are held to determine if a victim is entitled to compensation for his or her burn injury.

How Does a Burn Injury Claim Work?

A Texas burn injury attorney will guide you through the process of filling a burn injury claim. Burn injuries can happen for many reasons.

Structure fires. These can be due to arson, electrical wiring and often the cause is not found.

Explosions. Texas is an oil industry hub and while explosions are not common, the effects can be devastating. In 2005, the BP Texas City Refinery exploded, causing 18 deaths. Another 180 workers were injured, some severely. Recently, refinery fires were reported in the Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. No serious injuries were reported in those fires.

Vehicle/motorized equipment crashes and fires. These accidents not only include burning cars but other vehicles such as ATV’s, tractors, motor homes and tractor trailers. The driver of a tractor trailer in Florida received burns over 40 percent of his body. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. A father and son were burned in an ATV wreck in Nebraska. These are just examples of how quickly vehicle fires happen and lead to serious injuries. A Texas burn injury attorney will help you recover damages if you are in a vehicle fire that is someone else’s fault.

Electrical burns. Only a quarter of deaths from electrical burns are caused by lightning, according to emedicine.com. Others are due to encounters with electricity. About 1,000 deaths from electrical burns happen each year.

Defective products. These include appliances such as toasters, refrigerators and dryers as well as space heaters.

Fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 11,900 people were injured by fireworks in 2015.

Chemical burns. These burns are due to exposure to chemicals such drain cleaners or other acidic products. According to the American Burn Association, these burns account for 7% of all burn injuries.

No matter the reason, if you feel as if you are not to blame for the fire, you need a Texas burn injury lawyer. But some of the responsibility will fall on you. Some of the steps you need to take before filing a claim include:

Document everything. If you or someone is hurt, your priority is to make sure everyone is okay. But as soon as possible, make notes and take pictures of what you feel may have contributed to the incident. Summarize any conversations you had with fire or law enforcement officials. You can visit the site of the fire or take pictures of a burned vehicle later if needed. Make sure the evidence is not destroyed or altered. Ask a Texas burn injury attorney about obtaining a court order to keep anyone from destroying evidence.

Take photos of the injuries. Pictures are important in telling a burn injury story. Take pictures as soon as possible, before the injuries are healed.

Get copies of fire and police reports. Fire departments write reports of their calls, even in the case of minor fires. If law enforcement is involved get a copy of their report.

Document all medical treatments. Severe burn victims are often at a trauma center first before they are transferred to a burn center. Burns often require after-care such as skin grafts, therapy and in some cases, counseling to help cope. Make sure you have records of all the treatments and the expenses related to them.

Other expenses. If you are not the one suffering a burn injury, you may be their caregiver. This results in lost wages due to time spent away from work. You or your loved one may be at a burn center that is miles from your residence and you incur hotel, meals and lodging expenses. Record all the expenses.

Guard your conversations. Insurance agents will have a team of attorneys working for them after an incident causing a severe burn injury. You are not required to talk to them. Do not talk with them or take any settlement without talking to a Texas burn injury attorney first.

Do I Need a Texas Burn Injury Attorney?

Never try to negotiate with an attorney on your own (unless you are a personal injury attorney). Think of it this way. Would you try to fill your own cavity? No, you go to a dentist who has the expertise to handle your damaged tooth. The other side may have a team of attorneys ready to settle or try to have the claim dismissed. One slip up and they will try to have your claim dismissed or greatly reduced, which can affect your financial future. You need a legal advocate at your side so you will be compensated for your injuries.

Types of Burn Injuries that Occur in Texas

Burns injuries range from serious to severe. The burns are classified by degrees.

First-degree burns. Have you ever touched a hot pan on the stove? That pain and redness is a first degree burn. Sunburns can also be classified as first-degree burns. These burns only affect the outer layer of the skin and rarely serious.

Second-degree burns. Think about that hot pan on the stove again. Was it filled with boiling water? If you dump that water on you, you will likely have a second degree burn. The hot water may cause some of the skin to burn away. You can experience these types of burns in any type of fire. These burns may take weeks to heal.

Third-degree burns. This type of burn pierces the skin. You may have no pain because the burn has destroyed the nerves. You may notice your skin is leathery or even white due to the burn. New skin does not grow on third degree burn sites. These types of burns have a poor prognosis. Treatment may include skin grafts to replace charred skin. This requires removing healthy skin from another part of the body and placing it on the burn site.

Fourth-degree burns. This burn has not only pierced through the skin, it has reached organs. Prognosis is poor for people with four-degree burns and in most cases, these injuries are fatal.

How will a Texas Burn Injury Lawyer Help Me?

The most important task for your attorney is being your advocate against the insurance companies and others who want to deny or settle your claim for less money than you need. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses and they hire attorneys to help the settle claims for as little money as possible.

You need a Texas burn injury attorney who will look closely at the claim to determine the damages you are entitled to which include:

Medical expenses. Burns can require expensive treatments such as skin grafts, amputations and wound care. If the cause of the burn was not your fault, you or your insurance company should not have to pay for these expenses. Some companies will try to pay less by citing a preexisting condition such as diabetes or heart disease, saying it is impeding the healing process. They will agree to only so many weeks of treatment. A Texas burn injury lawyer will fight to get your medical expenses 100% covered.

Lost wages. Unless you are wealthy, lost work time hurts your pocketbook and hampers your ability to pay your bills. If it wasn’t for your burn injury, you would be at work. A Texas burn injury attorney will help you recover not just lost wages but future wages you may lose because you can no longer work.

Pain and suffering. As mentioned earlier, Texas law does not cap personal injury claims. You are entitled to pain and suffering due to your burn injury for several reasons. · The injury resulted in a major change in your lifestyle. You may have to quit your job or an enjoyable hobby. You may not be able to do the same activities you one did with your children.

How Does a Burn Injury Claim Work?

Your claim will begin with a meeting with a Texas burn injury attorney. He or she will assess your injuries, financial needs and pain and suffering. Your attorney will read reports of the fire, including the cause. Once your attorney is armed with this information, he or she will reach out to those responsible for paying a claim. In some cases, a settlement is reached. But other times, a civil action is filed and the case is heard before a jury or a judge in a bench trial.

Burn Injury Statistics

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 3,390 fire deaths with 2,950 people dying in structure fires in 2016. Another 14,650 were injured.

  • A structure fire occurs every 90 seconds and a burn injury occurs every 34 minutes.
  • A civilian fire death occurs every two hours and 34 seconds, according to the American Burn Association.
  • The leading cause of burn injuries is structure fires, which accounted for 84% of all fires in 2016, according to NFPA. The other fires occurred outside (17%) or were vehicle fires (9%). Eighty-one percent of fire deaths occurred in residential fires.
  • Home fire deaths have declined 54.3% since 1977.
  • Three-hundred and ten people died in fires that were set intentionally.
Texas Laws Regarding Burn Injury Claims

In Texas, you have two years from the time of the injury to file a claim. The state does not cap the amount you can be awarded in damages if the case goes to trial.

Why Choose Our Firm?

Passion drives the attorneys at Reyna Injury Lawyers. They want every client to be compensated for their injury and to be able to enjoy life. When you contact Reyna Injury lawyers you will be treated like family.

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    Reyna Injury Lawyers are the best!  It is difficult to find an attorney that is truly concerned about your well being through difficult times.  I was in a motor vehicle accident in 2015.  The firm quickly handled my claim and guided me through the process every step of the way.  I would recommend them to anyone every single time!

    Carol M.
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    This Law Firm is very impressive and I highly recommend them and their staff .  I felt extremely comfortable working with them throughout the entire case. They are truly first class and really care about the clients they work with. Thanks for all the help JR!

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    I was seriously injured in a commercial accident.  Reyna Injury Lawyers hired the necessary experts to help prove my case and they were able to get me a court settlement that took care of all of my medical bills and my financial needs.  I highly recommend Reyna Injury Lawyers to anyone who is looking for a serious personal injury attorney.

    R.R.
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    This Law Firm is excellent.  My elderly father was in a car accident earlier this year and suffered some personal injuries.  Juan Reyna and his assistant Arnie Medina guided my father through his rights within the legal system and the insurance claims process.  They settlement my father’s case, and my father was very pleased.  We do not know how we would have managed without them.  I highly recommend Reyna Injury Lawyers for any injury claim!

    J.S.
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    My husband was seriously and permanently injured by an oil company vehicle.  Reyna Injury Lawyers sued the company and got my family a significant recovery that took care of our future financial needs.  If you have been involved in a serious accident, I very much recommend the Reyna Injury Lawyers to handle your case!

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    Mr. Reyna represented my wife in a personal injury case.  She was hit from behind an 18 wheeler and the insurance company denied much of the medical bills.  Mr. Reyna personally met with the insurance company executive and worked out a settlement much higher then she expected.  Mr. Reyna and his staff are kind and professional.  Two thumbs up!

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