According to the American Burn Association, every year nearly half a million Americans suffer burns that require medical attention. Some of these injuries are severe enough to be life-threatening and permanently disabling.
A burn is the result of tissue damage after the skin makes contact with heat or chemicals. More serious burns can even damage your nerve endings, muscles, and other tissues. Their intensity and duration make burns one of the most excruciating and emotionally traumatic injuries you can experience.
Common causes of burns attributable to third-party negligence include:
- Building fires: There are many older buildings in New York that do not have measures in place to prevent fires from spreading or provide an easy escape route if a blaze does break out. If you are injured under these or similar conditions, you may have a claim against the building owner for failing to ensure that the property met local fire code.
- Car accidents: Car crashes that are especially severe can cause a fire to break out in the damaged vehicle(s), resulting in catastrophic injuries.
- Industrial accidents: Certain job sites carry a substantial fire risk. Flammable materials can ignite when mishandled and some factory equipment can reach extremely high temperatures. Injured workers are entitled to workerâ€™s compensation and may able to sue for damages if their burns were caused by third party negligence (provided that party was not the employer or a co-worker).
There are different degrees of burns, with some being more debilitating than others. First and second-degree burns are relatively easy to treat and victims are rarely left with long-lasting effects, but third and fourth-degree burns can cause nerve and tissue damage as well as permanent disfigurement or disability. Skin grafts may even be necessary to restore the appearance of the burned area. Fourth-degree burns can be especially devastating, as the damage can be irreparable and even result in the loss of one or more limbs.
If you have suffered burn injuries as a result of someone elseâ€™s carelessness or negligence, then contact a New York personal injury attorney immediately. You deserve to be compensated for both economic and noneconomic losses and damages such as:
- Medical expenses (includes emergency care and ongoing treatment)
- Loss of income
- Rehabilitative costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Your attorney will fight to get you the award or settlement you need and deserve to help you work through the emotional and physical trauma. They will investigate the circumstances of your accident, assemble witness statements and medical evidence, and even seek punitive damages if the responsible party was especially reckless or negligent. Their goal will be to get you the financial resources needed to rebuild your life as completely as possible. Jayson Lutzky is an attorney with 34 years of legal experience who has helped recover millions of dollars for personal injury clients. If you are dealing with a burn injury, then you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more or call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in person consultation.