Burns are some of the least talked about injuries in accident litigation and yet they are among the most painful. A severe burn doesn’t go away quickly, and it makes an excruciating impact while it’s around. Some burns last a lifetime. Unfortunately, burn injuries are all too common in New York.
Burns are often associated with car crashes, workplace accidents, and chemical exposures, but the truth is that a burn can happen anywhere (and in almost any kind of accident). Skin is sensitive and not designed to withstand intense heat, active flames, caustic chemicals, or extreme friction.
At Kaplan Lawyers, PC, we take burns and burn-related suffering extremely seriously. We understand that a burn can affect virtually every aspect of your life. We also know that explaining the totality of your experience as a burn victim can be a challenge. We are here to make that case for you. As experienced New York burn injury attorneys, we are prepared to pursue every penny of the compensation you’re owed under the law. We have many years of experience in burn injury cases, and we believe we can make a meaningful difference in the outcome of your claim. Please contact us today.
- Nearly half a million burn injuries are treated in medical facilities every year in the United States.
- A civilian fire death occurs every 2 hours and 40 minutes in the United States.
- A civilian fire injury occurs every 34 minutes.
- In 2015, 48 percent of fires occurred outside, 37 percent were in structures like buildings, and 13 percent were highway vehicle fires.
Types of Burns
The overwhelming majority of burns are preventable. They happen because someone else acted carelessly or failed to take certain crucial preventative measures. In those cases, victims are entitled to legal relief.
Common types of burns include:
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Electrical shock
- Thermal burns (direct exposure to hot objects or heat)
- Friction burns
- Scalds (burns from hot / boiling water or other liquids)
- Flame injuries
- Factory explosions
- Other explosions.
Scalding Burns in the Home
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, younger children are more likely to be burned by scalding from hot liquids or steam. Scalding burn injuries can occur if a child comes into contact with a hot liquid in the kitchen or if a home’s water heater is set to a high temperature.
A water heater thermostat should be set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not uncommon for scalding burn injuries to occur in rental homes or apartments where a landlord or property manager has failed to set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature. These injuries can also occur if the worker who installed a new water heater doesn’t properly adjust the thermostat.
Symptoms of a Burn Injury
No two burn injuries are just alike. Symptoms may differ in individual cases and can be slow to manifest. That said, some of the more common symptoms in burn injuries include:
- Inflamed skin
- Warm, red skin
- White or charred skin
- Infected skin
- Swelling (a medical emergency in cases of extreme swelling)
- Exposed tissue or bone (a medical emergency)
- Shock (a medical emergency)
- Skin that is turning green or black or appears to be dying (a medical emergency).
Exposure to these forces can cause debilitating and torturous suffering. Some burn victims have even died because of the pain itself. Those fortunate enough to survive a severe burn often have a long road toward recovery. The scars can be unsightly or even disfiguring and may significantly alter one’s sense of self or ability to earn a living.
Most burn injuries aren’t merely skin deep. Beyond cosmetic concerns — which are extremely important and need to be fully addressed — burns can also cause nerve or tissue damage, affect the body’s sweating mechanism or otherwise inhibit the normal functioning of the victim’s bodily systems.
All these injuries — and the many others that might occur because of a severe explosion or burn — deserve compensation. New York personal injury law allows victims to seek financial recovery for their burn-related suffering, provided that the burn was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Injured? Our New York Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in New York, we can help. You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for the following:
- Plastic surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Physical therapy
- Psychological therapy / counseling
- Hospital bills
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Medical devices
- Lost wages due to time away from work
- Impaired capacity to work in the future
- Emotional distress
- Loss of a loved one (in cases of wrongful death)
- More, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case.
The experienced New York burn injury attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you achieve the justice you deserve. We’ll fight hard for your rights and do everything in our power to maximize your compensation during a difficult recovery. Our office is conveniently located in New York City, with legal representation available statewide. Time limits (i.e., statutes of limitation) apply to these claims, so please contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation. We are here to help.