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Getting Legal Help from Experienced New York Burn Injury Lawyers

An experienced burn injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for damages to cover the expenses resulting from disability and lost income or the loss of a loved one. Amounts that you can recover typically depend on the extent of injury and how extreme the at-faulty party's negligence was.

Severe burn injuries are more damaging than many people realize because the injuries sustained go far below the surface of the skin. Aside from the fact that burns can affect the muscles, bones and internal organs, serious burn injury also affects many other body functions.

The skin helps regulate body temperature and sweating, and it also protects against infection and disease. It even affects breathing. Because the repercussions of burns can be extreme, extensive medical treatment may be necessary. In many instances, burn victims with extreme injuries do not survive.

What Medical Treatment May Be Necessary for Burn Injuries?

Medical treatment can be extensive and often includes:

  • Hospitalization
  • Plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Psychotherapy / counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing care
  • Medical devices
  • Medication
  • Rehabilitation

Damages Sought in Burn Injury Cases

There are three main categories of damages sought in these types of injury cases:

  • Economic damages. Economic damages include tangible expenses, such as medical treatment costs, lost wages and lost future income.
  • Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, impact due to disfigurement and loss of companionship.
  • Punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded in most cases but are awarded when egregious actions or gross negligence resulted in the injury. Judges and juries often award punitive damages as a deterrent to future similar behavior.

Types of Injuries, Accidents and Incidents Involving Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can take place in almost any situation where a fire can occur or where electricity or chemicals are used. Common incidents involving burn injuries include:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Motor vehicle Accidents
  • Apartment building fires
  • Defective products
  • Electrical cord fires
  • Chemical burns
  • Tanker explosions
  • Gas line explosions
  • Recreational fires
  • Scalding water and pipes
  • Electrocution
  • Chemical plant explosions
  • Water heater fires

How Can Negligence Cause Burn Injuries?

When there are a lack of smoke detectors, failures to adhere to building codes and lack of available fire extinguishers, these are forms of negligence that put people at risk. States and municipalities have safety standards for buildings, and building owners must comply with these requirements.

Manufacturers must ensure their products are safe for consumers. Truck drivers carrying hazardous chemicals must drive safely.

Failures to follow safety standards are a form of negligence.

Get Legal Help from a Skilled Burn Injury Lawyer

If you believe someone else’s negligence resulted in your burn injury, arrange for a free consultation and speak with a knowledgeable burn injury lawyer. At Sackstein Sackstein &  Lee, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss the injury and legal options that are available.

Call us toll free at 888.519.6400, or contact us in Garden City at 516.248.2234, or in Flushing-Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx at 718.539.3100. You can also fill in our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.

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