A burn injury may occur due to many different types of personal injury accidents including car accidents, defective products, and apartment building fires. Flames, heat, steam, radiation, and chemical burns can all produce severe burn injuries. Victims of burn injury may suffer nerve damage, dehydration, infection, organ failure, and other serious medical issues.
Frekhtman & Associates will work with top experts to fully investigate how your accident happened to determine if anyone was negligent and can be held legally responsible for your burn injury. In that regard, we work closely with fire & safety engineering experts, economists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other specialists to maximize your injury claim. Contact us for a confidential case evaluation.
Our firm works overtime to build the most powerful legal case possible solidifying liability against the defendants and proving the maximum possible damages case before a jury. Our main goal is to help serious injury victims and their families. Our law firm will build the strongest case possible for full justice and maximum compensation.
Many New York City burns injury accidents are preventable because they happen due to negligence on behalf of a vehicle owner or operator, a building owner or management, or another responsible party. New York law states that a reasonable party must use ordinary care in maintaining a vehicle or property so as to not result in a fire or burn injury. Too often an owner may not act reasonably and display ordinary care in maintaining their property thus leading to a fire and burn injury. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
Explosions particularly those that happen on industrial worksites are often caused by some sort of negligence such as a motor vehicle accident. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable or ordinary care in maintaining a worksite, handling flammable liquids, or taking other fire safety & prevention precautions.
Examples of explosions in the workplace include the following:
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and provides a protective barrier from foreign substances that can cause infections. The skin helps regulate body temperature.
When a severe burn injury due to a fire accident, chemical burn, explosion, or other similar cause happens, the damaged skin cannot heal fully because the burned skin has to be replaced with healthy skin.
A surgical procedure employed by physicians is called a skin graft surgery. Medically there is a strong preference to take donor skin from the injured person since his or her body is much more likely to accept skin from other parts of the body as opposed to skin from a different individual altogether.
Burn injuries frequently lead to scarring which can be improved through surgical procedures such as skin grafting or debridement but often cannot be completely cured. Leaving a victim of a burn injury with a permanent scar is devastating and leads to post-traumatic psychological injuries including emotional distress and depression.
Human skin is made up of layers. A thick layer of skin is the dermis followed by an exterior layer of skin known as the epidermis. Burn injuries to the epidermis or outermost layer may heal when skin tissue rebuilds. If the injury only affected the epidermis, the resultant scarring may be mild or may completely heal. On the other hand, damage to the dermis is likely to be permanent. When the inner layer or dermis is burned healing process is much more complex because our body naturally produces a protein called collagen fibers which results in severe scars.
After a fire accident or burn injury event, a person may develop the following types of scars:
After a burn injury it can take up to 1-2 years for the injury and scar to stabilize. Surgery may be required including plastic surgery to improve the mobility of the area injured by the scar and improve the scar’s appearance.
When you are exposed to fire, flames, heat, electricity, chemicals your skin and tissues can be damaged. A burn injury is a damage to your skin tissue that is so bad the tissue dies. Burn injuries vary in degrees from minor to severe burns. The permanency and severity often depend on the type of burn suffered and the size of the affected skin area.
Prompt medical care and treatment is essential. Treatment can come in many forms from simple at-home pain medications or creams to surgery and the use of special medical devices. In addition to skin, a severe burn injury can damage organs and lead to infections. Immediate medical treatment is essential.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Burn Association, most burn injuries are due to:
-flames or fires
-being scalded by hot liquids or steam burns
-contact with a heat source
Make sure your burn injury attorneys have handled all types of burn injury cases including defective products, fire, chemical burns, natural gas explosions, electric burn, electrocutions, car, truck, and motorcycle explosions and fires.
Damages recoverable in a burn injury case are itemized in the summon and complaint by an injury attorney.
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 486,000 Americans suffer from burns which require them to seek medical attention. Nearly 75% of all burn accidents occur at home, with an additional 10% happening in the workplace. Though burn accidents occur frequently, many are preventable. Here’s what you should know about burn injuries and steps you can take to prevent accidents from happening.
When we typically think of burns, the first thing that comes to mind is the sensation that we feel when we touch something hot, or our skin comes into contact with fire. While this is true, burns are more specifically defined by damage to the skin severe enough to cause the cells to die.
It really depends on the type of burn and how much of the body it affects. Even small or minor burns, such as first degree burns, can be serious as they can cause blisters, pain, scarring, which can turn into life long ailments. Serious burns can cause infections and loss of feeling, damage organs, and nerves, and lead to wrongful death.
It is important to speak with an injury law firm that specializes in burn cases because the insurance company will not be independent and fair to both sides. In the United States, insurance adjusters hire defense lawyers to shield them from liability and payout as little as possible.
There a four “types” or degrees of burns that vary in severity of damage to the body.
First-degree burns result in a reddening of the skin absent any blisters.
Second-degree burns result in blistering and in some cases thickening of the skin
Third-degree burns tend to be widespread across the body and cause the skin to take on a white leathery appearance
Fourth-degree burns: Though rare, fourth-degree burns can occur. In addition to the symptoms of third-degree burns, fourth-degree burns more deeply affect a person’s bones and tendons.
In addition to more common causes like fire and hot liquids, there are other causes of burns, including:
There is no correlation between the type of burn and its cause or the need to seek medical attention. For example, although chemical burns may show little obvious signs of damage to the skin, one should seek medical treatment immediately to assess any potential internal damage.
Accidents that occur in the workplace are unfortunately typically caused by the negligence of another party. Filing a personal injury claim can help obtain full justice. Common causes of occupational burns include:
If you suffer a serious burn injury at work, you should seek medical attention immediately and make your employer aware of the incident. Obtain a consultation from a burn injury attorneys not afraid to take the case to trial and obtain a jury verdict.
As most burn accidents occur at home, here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of an incident.
While prevention is helpful, it is in some cases not enough to prevent burns resulting from manufacturing defects, including defective camping equipment, stoves, and ovens.
If you have any questions about burn injuries or would like to discuss your case with one of our dedicated attorneys, please feel free to contact us today for more information.
If you or a loved one suffered a severe burn injury, explosion, or fire accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates. With offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, our personal injury attorneys serve all of New York City including Staten Island, Westchester, upstate New York, Nassau, and Suffolk counties on Long Island.
We help maximize your compensation by hiring fire experts, engineers, electrical, and other safety experts for your personal injury case. Our injury attorneys will maximize your compensation by hiring damages experts such as plastic surgeons, top medical specialists, economists to recover medical expenses and lost wages, and occupational rehabilitation experts.
Our main goal is helping serious injury victims and family members. The insurance company only cares about avoiding responsibility and protecting its bottom line so it is very important to obtain a free case evaluation from an experienced burn injury trial attorney. Call us at (866) ATTY-LAW.
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