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Queens Burn Injury

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.

A 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.

A 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.

A 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 of negligence.
  • 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.

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