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Brooklyn Burn Victim

Thousands of individuals suffer from burn injuries every year, and many die from their injuries. Sadly, many people injuries occur because of the negligence of another person. In some cases victims are burned in the workplace such as in a construction accident. In other cases burns and other serious injuries occur in an auto accident. A burn victim can experience an extended, painful recovery and struggle with corrective surgeries, missed time from work and emotional trauma. If you are a burn victim, or a member of your family has been suffered a serious burn injury, you have a legal right to seek just compensation from the person(s) responsible for the injury. It is important that you immediately contact an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain your options for pursuing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim.

Types of burns
  • Contact burns: These occur when a person makes contact with hot metal, glass, plastic or coals.
  • Inhalation: These burns are caused by inhaling chemicals and cause major damage to the lungs. These burns can take several days to become apparent.
  • Chemical: These burns are caused by contact with chemicals such as battery acid, gases and oils.
  • Electrical: The severity of these burns will depend on the intensity and duration of the shock.
  • Ultraviolet: These can be caused not only by the sun, but tanning booths.

Burns can occur in many different ways. Not only flames but steam, intense heat, radiation and chemicals can also cause serious burns. When a burn victim is diagnosed with a first-degree burn, the first layer of skin is damaged. When both the first and the second layer of skin are affected, it is categorized as a second-degree burn. A burn victim with a third degree burn will suffer burns and severe damage to all layers of the skin. A third degree burn can cause severe permanent scarring, nerve damage, affect body chemistry and can be fatal.

A burn victim may experience severe nerve damage, which causes a severe disruption in the body's fluid balance. Dehydration is usually a serious problem. The victim may have a difficult time regulating body temperature as well. This serious nerve damage can include a serious head injury or in some cases a spinal injury. Permanent disfigurement can often lead to emotional problems as well.

Common causes of burns are:
  • Residential fires, including fires caused by faulty wiring and fires caused by arson.
  • Vehicle fires after a car accident
  • Industrial accidents
  • A defective product

In addition to burns caused by negligence, sadly there are many documented cases where victims suffered serious burns after another person intentionally used threw acid on the victim.

Pursuing compensation for a burn injury

Hotels, retailers and apartment managers are liable for burn injuries or deaths that occur due to building code violations. Lack of working smoke detectors, locked or unmarked fire exits, or faulty sprinkler systems can create additional liability. Our team will work with fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire and hold those parties accountable.

The medical expenses associated with treatment and rehabilitation are generally substantial. Treatment for severe burns may involve plastic surgery, multiple skin grafts, skin replacement and physical therapy. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can require the responsible party to compensate you for the medical expenses associated with your burn injury. Because you are likely to miss a significant amount of time from your job you will also suffer from a loss of income. In addition burn victims are often left with scarring and other types of permanent disfigurement. Because of this the responsible party will likely be required to pay you damages for pain and suffering.

Sadly, many victims of severe burns do not survive. If a family member passes away as a result of severe burns, you may be entitled to compensation from a wrongful death claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Burns are painful and typically leave permanent scars. Recovery from severe burns takes a long time and can be quite expensive. Under New York law victims have the legal right to sue those whose negligence resulted in their injuries. In order to make sure that your rights are protected it is imperative that you immediately contact a personal injury attorney who has experience represented clients who have suffered serious injuries. The attorney as the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has yeas of experience in representing clients who have suffered serious burns due to the negligence of others. Contact our office at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Rockland County, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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My husband was driving his car home one evening and was struck from behind by a very expensive car. The driver that struck him was very arrogant aloof and could care less about what it happened in the accident and try to play my husband. The worst part was my husband was genuinely hurt and was in pain. Stephen Bilkis and associates got us justice. Not only did he win our case and Got us a great Financial victory. But we got the satisfaction of knowing that the jerk that hit us loss. So glad we had this to Bilkis to put him in his place. E.G.
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