Burn accidents claim up to 12,000 lives every year, and one million people will suffer from serious disfigurement from their injuries. Typically, a burn victim will have a long road to recovery, which can include plastic surgery, skin grafting, rehabilitation and emotional trauma, and severe pain and suffering. While fires, explosions and other accidents that leave victims with burns can occur anywhere, burns often happen in workplace accidents. However, people are also burned in other types of accidents such as a car accident. In some cases such accidents are so serious that the victim suffers additional life-threatening injuries such as a brain injury, broken bones, head injury, neck injury or a spinal cord injury. A burn victim can experience an extended, painful recovery and struggle with corrective surgeries, missed time from work and emotional trauma. If you have a burn injury such that you are in need of a New York Lawyer, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx Burn Victim Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain your options for pursuing a personal injury claim. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your burn injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.What are the Different Types of Burns?
- Contact Burns: These occur when a person makes contact with hot metal, glass, plastic or coals.
- Inhalation: These burns are caused by inhaling chemicals and cause major damage to the lungs. These burns can take several days to become apparent.
- Chemical: These burns are caused by contact with chemicals such as battery acid, gases and oils.
- Electrical: The severity of these burns will depend on the intensity and duration of the shock.
- Ultraviolet: These can be caused not only by the sun, but tanning booths.
A burn victim may experience severe nerve damage which leads to a severe disruption in the body’s fluid balance. Dehydration is also common to burn victims. The victim may have a difficult time regulating body temperature as well. With serve burns there is often permanent disfiguration that leads to long-term emotional trauma.What are the Common Causes of Burns?
- Electrical fires
- Vehicle fires after a car accident
- Industrial accidents
- A defective product
Hotels, retailers and apartment managers are liable for burn injuries or deaths that occur due to building code violations. Lack of working smoke detectors, locked or unmarked fire exits, or faulty sprinkler systems can create additional liability.
The medical expenses associated with treatment and rehabilitation are generally substantial. Treatment for severe burns may involve plastic surgery, multiple skin grafts, skin replacement and physical therapy. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can require the responsible party to compensate you for the medical expenses associated with your burn injury. Because you are likely to miss a significant amount of time from your job you will also suffer from a loss of income which is a compensable loss. In addition burn victims are often left with scarring and other types of permanent disfigurement. Because of this the responsible party will likely be required to pay you damages for pain and suffering.
Sadly, many victims of severe burns do not survive. If a family member passes away as a result of severe burns, you may be entitled to compensation from a wrongful death claim.
Employees who are burned at work have the right to benefits through workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits are limited. For example, workers' compensation benefits do not offer compensation for pain and suffering, while in appropriate cases personal injury lawsuits do. It is important to understand that not all workplace injuries are subject solely to workers' compensation rules. If a third party such as a subcontractor or an equipment manufacturer caused your injury, then you may have a claim against that party that you can pursue through a personal injury claim.Bronx Burn Victim Injury Lawyer
If you were seriously burned because another person was negligent, it is important to have experienced representation. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in representing those who have suffered burn injuries as well as other types of injuries due to another person’s negligence. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.