NYC Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns are serious injuries that can take a long time to heal. You may spend time in the hospital, need physical therapy, and need ongoing medical treatment for months or years before fully recovering.
If you have been burned due to the negligence of someone else, call our office to speak with an NYC burn injury lawyer to discuss how to get the compensation you deserve.
Burn injuries can be caused by many types of accidents such as:
- Motor vehicle, motorcycle, truck & bus accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Apartment building fires
- House fires
- Hotel fires
- Scalding pipes
- Scalding water
- Electrical accidents
- Electrical cord fires
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Industrial accidents
- Construction accidents
- Electrocution accidents
- Tanker explosions
Landlord responsibilities generally include:
- Working smoke detectors & properly located
- Working fire extinguishers
- Working sprinkler systems
- Electrical wiring in good condition and safely installed
- Unobstructed fire escapes
- Unlocked fire exits
- Fireproof doors
- Adequate fire safety precautions
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Depending on the severity of your burns, the level of medical care required may be quite expensive. The worst burns may require skin grafts or plastic surgery, sometimes multiple procedures of both.
In addition to medical care, you will probably also suffer financial loss due to an inability to work while you recover. If your burns require an extended hospital stay, you may need to hire someone to care for your children at home.
Your family should not have to suffer financially when someone else was to blame for what happened. An NYC burn injury lawyer can help you receive compensation for all of the expenses and the pain and suffering incurred by your burn injuries.
The Severity of a Burn Can Affect Compensation
The severity of your burns will determine what level of medical care is required to recover—and whether you even can fully recover. As severity dictates medical care, it also directly impacts the amount of financial compensation you will be entitled to.
First-degree burns create red skin that does not blister. In this situation, you are unlikely to have reason to sue unless your burn led to additional health complications.
Second-degree burns will blister and create some thickness in your skin. They will often require medical intervention.
Third-degree burns will create a leathery appearance, and your skin will become white and thick, requiring you to seek immediate and extensive medical care. You will likely spend some time under doctor supervision at the hospital or in an outpatient setting.
Fourth-degree burns are the most severe and can cause damage to your tendons and bones. Victims of fourth-degree burns often spend significant time in the hospital and will require skin grafts.
Treating burn injuries can be extremely expensive. Burns often require extended hospital admissions and surgeries such as skin grafts, reconstructive and plastic surgeries. To make matters worse, burn victims are unable to work resulting in lost income and decreased earning potential.
Some long-term consequences of burn injuries include the following:
- Organ & nerve damage
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Wrongful death
Statute of Limitations
In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is three years from the date of the accident. This means time is of the essence.
Three years can go by surprisingly fast, and the other party is likely to stall as long as possible during negotiations. You should contact an NYC burn injury lawyer as soon as possible so that work can begin on your case immediately.
Contact an NYC Lawyer
Burn injuries can be expensive and traumatic. They can lead to extensive hospital stays and medical procedure after medical procedure. The worst burns can leave a person emotionally and mentally scarred, possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
When someone else’s negligence leaves you in a situation such as this, you deserve financial compensation for what’s been done to you. Begin the process by contacting an experienced NYC burn injury lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462).