New York City Burn Victim

Burns can be caused by fire, hot surfaces, chemicals, and electricity. Burns happen at construction sites, factories, restaurants, laboratories, and in private homes. While the causes of burns can vary, the result is often the same: a serious, painful injury. Burn victims typically face extended, painful recovery periods that involve multiple surgeries. Complications such as infections and respiratory problems are common. Victims often are unable to return to work for a long time. Some are never able to go back to work and face the inability to pay their bills. To help counter such challenges the law allows victim who suffer serious burns in accidents caused by another’s negligence to file claims and demand compensation. If you are a burn victim, or if a member of your family suffered a serious burn that was caused by the negligence of another person, you have a legal right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation from that person. It is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York City burn victim lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain your options for pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Common causes of burns are:
  • Residential fires: The most common causes for house fires include cooking, space heaters, smoking, electrical appliances, faulty wiring, grills and flammable liquids. If you are injured in a house fire at another’s person’s home, you may be able to recover compensation through a premises liability claim.
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals. Toxic chemicals can cause not only inhalation burns to the throat, but also can contact burns when the toxic chemicals come in contact with the skin. Noxious chemicals can cause permanent eye damage. Chemical burns commonly occur at construction sites, manufacturing plants and laboratories. Chemical burns can be avoided if proper precautions are taken as required by OSHA.
  • Electrical burns: Electrical burns are caused by live wires. They often happen at construction sites, but can also happen in private homes and outside.
Hypothetical

Blake was hired to refinish floors in Dorothy’s home. While working in Dorothy’s bedroom, Dorothy accidentally dropped her lit cigarette on the lacquer that Blake was using. Blake suffered severe burns on over half of his body. He contacted a burn victim lawyer working in New York City to discuss filing a lawsuit against Dorothy, demanding payment for his medical bills and other losses.

Damages for a burn injury

Those who cause accidents are responsible for the consequences of their negligence. This means that victims have the right to sue the responsible party so that that person will have to pay for the victim’s medical bills and other losses instead of the victim shouldering the financial burden.

  • Personal injury claim. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand payment from the defendant for not only your medical expenses—past and future—but also your lost wages and pain and suffering.
  • Workers’ compensation claim. If your injury occurred while you were working, the accident may be covered by workers’ compensation. This means that you will receive medical care from an approved provider, a cash benefit, and vocational counseling, if necessary.
  • Social Security disability. If your burns are so severe that you will not be able to work for at least 12 months, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.
  • Wrongful death. If a family member died as a result for a serious burn, discuss with a burn victim attorney representing clients in New York City options for filing a wrongful death claim.
Hypothetical

Kathleen and her 2 children were excited about spending the day at a local water park. All three spent a significant amount of time in the water when they all started to feel a burning sensation on their skin. Kathleen’s eyes became irritated. The burning feeling intensified and Kathleen and her children had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Others suffered similar symptoms. An investigation concluded that the chemical burns were due to an excessive amount of chlorine in the water. Kathleen decided to file a claim against the operator of the local park demanding payment for the for their medical bills and pain and suffering. Kathleen has a good chance to prevail sense putting excessive chlorine in a pool is evidence of negligence.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Filing a personal injury claim or filing for workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated. Failure to follow procedural and technical rules may result in your claim being denied or your benefits being delayed. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our attorneys have years of experience representing victims and their families in cases involving serious injuries from premises accidents such as fires, chemical spills, and falls. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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