Queens Burn Injury Lawyers
Burn injuries may vary in severity. A burn injury may be minor and superficial,
or they may leave the victim with debilitating injuries that leave a physical
and mental scar. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1.1 million people suffer from burn-related injuries in the United
States each year. Our Queens Burn injury lawyers understand the potential
damage that a severe burn may have on a victim’s life. In the event
of a burn injury that has occurred due to another’s negligence or
reckless behavior, our burn injury lawyers may be able to recover compensation
for your losses. In certain severe cases, the victim may need rehabilitation,
expensive surgeries, and extended hospital stays due to the high risk
of infection. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, we strive
to recover the maximum possible compensation for our clients in order
to ease their struggle.
If you or a loved one has been severely burned in an accident due to someone
else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call us at
(212) 406-1700 to discuss your injuries and review your claim to determine whether you
may have a meritorious personal injury lawsuit.
Types of Burns
There are three different types of burns and they all differ in levels
of severity. A burn injury can be classified as a
first-degree, second-degree, or a third-degree burn.
first-degree burn is when the very top layer of the skin gets burned. Sunburn or briefly
coming in contact with a hot metal surface, like a skillet or stove, can
result in a first-degree burn. This type of burn is usually minor and
superficial, and rarely presents grounds for a lawsuit.
second-degree burn involves the first two layers of the skin and can result in excruciating
pain. Signs of a second-degree burn consist of a deep reddening of the
skin, blisters, glossiness of the skin due to leaking liquid and immense
pain. A second degree burn may constitute a valid lawsuit if the victim
incurred financial or non-financial costs. The financial costs may include
medical bills or lost wages. In addition, the non-financial costs can
include pain and suffering that the victim experienced when being injured
and the suffering they must endure for the future.
third-degree burn is the worst type of burn injury. It penetrates the entire thickness
of the skin and permanently destroys tissue. A third-degree burn may pierce
through to the bone and damage the skin, muscle, and bone tissue. Third
degree burns can be dangerous because they can be misleading to the victim
as they may not recognize the severity of their burn due to the absence
of pain. In reality, the lack of sensation is due to the damage to their
nerve endings. A victim of third-degree burns may feel some pain due to
the first and second degree burns that surround the most affected area.
There is also a much higher risk for infection with third-degree burns
because the victim loses several layers of skin which expose them to bacteria.
The skin also becomes leathery, dry, and may appear charred. Individuals
that have sustained third degree burns may also be entitled to the same
type of compensation as second-degree burn victims. The primary difference
is the amount of compensation that can be recovered. The amount of compensation
for a third degree burn victim would be much more than the sum that can
be recovered from a second-degree burn case due to the increased damage.
If you have suffered a second or third degree burn due to another individuals
recklessness, you should contact one of our Queens attorneys today.
Causes of Burns that Result in Lawsuits
There are multiple sources that may cause severe burn injuries due to another
individual’s negligence. If you have suffered one of these types
of injuries, you should consider contacting one of our Queens burn injury
lawyers. Some of the most common types of burn injuries we see that result
in lawsuits include:
Heat/Fire Burns – The source of heat or flame is the most common cause of burn injuries
in the United States, according to the American Burn Association. 43%
of all burn injuries are caused by fire, and over 70% of accidents that
result in a burn injury occur in a private household. Even though the
bulk of these burn accidents are due to residential fires, vehicle crash
fires, and work-related fires, recreational fires also cause a large number
of burn injuries. In addition, damage from a fire or other heat source
isn’t only specific to skin. Inhalation of the hot air that is caused
by these heat sources can have horrible effects on a person’s breathing
passages and lungs. An example of a valid fire-related burn lawsuit would
be if a landlord neglected to follow proper fire safety regulations and
a person(s) was severely injured in a fire. The landlord breached his
duty to follow the required fire safety regulations that could have prevented
the fire and the subsequent injuries.
Chemical – Chemical burns have the lowest rate of occurrence. However, they
are amongst the most dangerous types of burns. Chemicals that are common
in chemical burns may include a variety of acidic substances, such as
sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, and silver
nitrate, which can be found in household cleaners or at certain worksites.
A chemical burn may occur from your bare skin coming into contact with
any of the aforementioned substances. An instance of a chemical burn lawsuit
would be if one of your household cleaners has an unreasonable amount
of one of the aforementioned harmful substances. If a product is defective
and has caused a serious chemical burn injury, then you may have a valid
lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Electrical – An electrical burn may occur in a household, workplace, or outside
on a public street from a loose electrical wire. The issue with an electrical
burn is that the area that made initial contact with the electrical current
would not illustrate the full extent of damage that the individual experienced.
A strong electrical current has the power to severely damage internal
organs and tissue, which will be difficult to physically see from observing
the initial point of contact. An electrical burn may damage the outer
skin; however, the most debilitating damage of an electrical shock can
be suffered by your internal organs, which you will need a proper examination
by a doctor to measure the full extent of damage. A valid lawsuit regarding
a severe electrical burn can be if a person was walking on a public street
as they came into contact with a loose, hanging city power line. In such
a case, the city may be liable for damages because it was their duty to
monitor their power lines and ensure safety.
Oil/Gas Explosions – Another very dangerous cause of some major burn injuries can be
attributed to explosions due to leaking gas or oil. Leaking gas is especially
hazardous because gas is indiscernible and will quickly expand when exposed
to any heat source. Gas detectors in homes and any other establishment
are deemed mandatory for these exact risks. If you or a loved was injured
from a fire caused by a faulty gas detector or leaking gas/oil, you may
have a valid lawsuit.
Cold Burns – Many people attribute a burn injury to something can only occur
with objects that radiate any sort of heat energy. However, a burn from
intense cold can have similar or in some cases even worse effects than
a burn from a source of heat. A person that is subjected to extreme cold
may develop frostbite, which could cause the amputation of an appendage
or the necrotizing of tissue. The similarities between burn injuries caused
by heat or cold are that they both are extremely painful and may cause
severe nerve/tissue damage. If a person comes into contact with liquid
nitrogen, which can be found in many compressed gas canisters, liquid
helium, or dry ice, then they can suffer a horrific cold burn injury in
a very short period of exposure. If you are a construction worker that
deals with these types of substances, and you were injured due to your
general contractor/employer neglecting to supply you proper protective
gear, then you may be able to pursue legal recourse.
Scalding Burns – A scalding burn is caused by contact with very hot liquids, steam,
or gas. A severe scalding burn may occur in a person’s house, workplace,
or at an industrial areas. A child that was placed in a very hot bath
may develop a scalding burn or an industrial worker that deals with water
or steam pipes may experience a severe scalding burn if one of those pipes
is faulty. In either case, you may have a valid lawsuit if there are signs
Ultraviolet Rays – Ultraviolet burns are usually ascribed solely as sunburn; however,
they may occur from other means as well. The negligent operation or lack
of inspection of a tanning machine can cause tremendous damage to a person’s
entire body. Also, lasers that emit ultraviolet rays can cause severe
damage to a person’s eye(s). These lasers can penetrate the eye
and heat the retina, which can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness.
If you were severely injured by a faulty tanning booth, then you may have
a meritorious lawsuit since the owner of the tanning salon has a legal
obligation to provide a safe environment for their customers.
Types of Recoverable Compensation
A person that has suffered severe burn injuries due to the negligence of
another individual or entity may be entitled to certain compensation.
The types of expenses that can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit
in New York State include:
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral Costs
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Future Earning Potential
- Pain and Suffering
Each valid burn injury lawsuit has different circumstances and should be
reviewed by a skilled team of lawyers and various experts to determine
the exact amount that the plaintiff may be entitled. You do not need to
go through this painful process alone. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs
& Kool is ready to fight on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe burn injuries, then you should
contact our expert Queens burn injury attorneys to review your claim and
determine whether you have a meritorious personal injury lawsuit. You
may call us at
(212) 406-1700 or contact us online in order to schedule your free consultation. We look
forward to hearing from you.