Manhattan Burn Victim

On Christopher Peat's life was forever changed when he was severely burned while refinishing the floor in an apartment complex. His suffered burns on over 50% of his body when the pilot light in the kitchen stove ignited the highly flammable lacquer that Peat was using on the floor. Peat v. Fordham Hill Owners Corp., 974 N.Y.S.2d 61 (N.Y. App. Div., 2013). Thousands of individuals suffer from burn injuries every year, and many die from their injuries. In some cases such as in Christopher Peat's case, the victims are burned in a workplace accident or a construction accident. In other cases burns occur in an auto accident, from defective products, or from an electrical problem. 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 compensation from the person or entity responsible for the injury. It is important that you immediately contact an experienced Manhattan Burn Victim Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain your options for pursuing a personal injury claim 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.

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.

In Peat v. Fordham Hill Owners Corp., Christopher Peat filed a claim against the owner of the apartment complex. The jury concluded that Fordham Hill was 100% responsible for the accident as it has the responsibility of making sure that the gas was turned off prior to Peat commencing work on the floors. As a result of the injuries, Peat had to undergo 15 surgeries, extensive physical and occupational therapy, and suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The jury awarded Peat over $18 million in damages.

Manhattan Burn Victim Lawyer

If you suffered a serious burn injury it is important to take prompt action. Personal injury cases are bound by strict time deadlines, called the statute of limitations. Failure to meet these filing deadlines prohibits you from filing a case against the negligent party. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling personal injury cases against both individuals and businesses whose negligence caused accidents that resulted in burn injuries. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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