F&A Injury Lawyers are dedicated to representing burn injury victims in the Bronx, New York. There are more than 2 million burn injuries in the United States of America each year. From these one and a quarter million (1.25M) require medical care. Many burn injury victims are children with more than ten thousand child burn injuries in America. The Bronx burn injury lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates help injured victims receive medical care and work with top specialists to fully investigate and litigate a fire accident lawsuit to a successful resolution.
Types of Burn Injury & Fire Accidents
At Frekhtman & Associates, our Bronx burn injury attorneys handle the following types of lawsuits:
Tanker truck fires
Gas tank explosions/fires
Electrical outlet or cord fires
Defective products such as stoves or ovens
Malfunctioning fire doors or broken fire exits
Scalding pipes with no insulation that cause contact burns
Fires in nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, malls, and other public places
And many others
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries may result from a number of causes including:
Work or industrial accidents
Poorly maintained or placed water heater
Defects or explosions of furnace, boiler, stove, or similar appliances
Chemical burns or spills
Oil spills and oil tanker accidents
Overloading electric circuits
Car Accidents are a leading cause of burn injury. A fire or explosion can accompany a serious car crash because of flammable materials including gasoline. In car accident lawsuits, the defendant is the owner and operator of any vehicle that has some fault or blame for the accident.
Burn Injury Damages
Burn injuries are one of the most excruciating and traumatic injuries an individual can sustain often requiring extensive physical therapy, surgeries, and rehabilitative care. A burn injury may leave a permanent disfigurement and scarring. Because a person’s appearance may be severely changed, a loss of identity leads to lasting emotional harm.
Common injuries and damages that a Bronx burn injury attorney can help with include:
Injury to nerves, blood vessels, tissues, muscles, and bones.
Emotional trauma and damage
Preventing Burn Injuries
A property owner must keep make tenant safety the highest priority. Some causes of fires which can be prevented include:
updating and maintaining electrical wiring for a building
Sufficient working smoke alarms on the property
Sprinklers on the property if required by code or local law
A fire escape in good condition
Keeping the fire escape free and clear of any obstructions
Installing fireproof doors
Keeping fire extinguishers and replacing them; making sure all fire extinguishers are working properly
Having a fire safety plan
Medical Care and Treatment
In the United States, about fifty thousand burn injury patients require hospitalization with half of those admitted to a burn unit or intensive care unit (“ICU”). The medical treatment necessary after a burn injury depends on the nature of the burn including its degree. For a first degree burn or even a second degree injury, there is sufficient skin tissue for the burn to heal on its own over time.
For a third degree burn, surgery may be needed such as a skin graft which involves taking skin from another healthy part of the body and transferring or grafting it to the affected area. This stimulates new skin to grow in the burned area.
A third degree burn is often catastrophic and may lead to prolonged hospitalization and may sometimes be fatal. A burn may cause a loss of blood to the affected area which results in medical complications including infection, sepsis, shock, gangrene, paralysis, and numerous other severe health issues. Severe burn injuries must be treated at a specialized hospital burn unit. In the Bronx, Jacobi Hospital is a recognized burn center.
Burn centers are especially well equipped with the knowledge, training, technology, and overall expertise to treat severe burn injuries.
The long term effects of a burn injury may also be dire. A permanent burn scar or disfigurement to the face or other uncovered part of the body will affect the individual for life. Burn injuries also lead to emotional and psychological injury. Because burn injuries can be so devastating and the cost of treatment so high, it is imperative to contact an attorney that specializes in litigating burn injury matters.
Contacting a Bronx Burn Injury Attorney
The Bronx burn injury lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates have many years of experience litigating apartment & building fires, product liability burn cases, and other burn injuries. The firm works with top experts in the field of fire safety & engineering. F&A injury lawyers also hire top medical doctors, plastic surgeons, economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists and other experts to prove liability and damages at trial in a burn injury lawsuit. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (718) 733-9300 in our Bronx office located at 20 East 205th Street Bronx, NY in the Belmont neighborhood.
The firm also serves the following Bronx neighborhoods: South Bronx, Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Kingsbridge, Marble Hill, Norwood, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, University Heights, Woodlawn, Bathgate, East Tremont, Claremont, Concourse, Hunts Point, Highbridge, Longwood, Melrose, Morrisania, Mott Haven, The Hub, Tremont, West Farms, Allerton, Baychester, Bronxdale, City Island, Co-op City, Eastchester, Edenwald, Olinville, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Van Nest, Williamsbridge, Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Country Club, Harding Park, Parkchester, Pelham Bay, Soundview, Schuylerville, Throggs Neck, Unionport, and Westchester Square.