Suffolk County Burn Victim

Hundreds of thousands of people experience severe burn injuries yearly, and many will die from their injuries. A burn victim will suffer with extreme pain, likely endure corrective surgeries, and will suffer emotional trauma as a result. Burns are not only caused by extreme heat, but also extreme cold. In addition, some victims suffer severe burns in the workplace such as in a construction accident as some chemicals such as helium and nitrogen can cause a burn, as can dry ice. Burns can be first, second or third degree, with third degree the most serious. A third degree burn involves severe damage to all layers of skin and tissue. This type of catastrophic damage to skin creates a host of complications, some of which can be fatal. It is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County 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. Under New York law owners of premises who do not maintain their property properly and as a result put others in danger, can be held liable a theory of premises liability.

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.

If your burn injury happened in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to note that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

Suffolk County Burn Victim Lawyer

If you have suffered serious burns in an accident you are likely contending with high medical costs, which can include corrective surgeries, and painful rehabilitation. These types of injuries affect relationship with family and friends, and may prevent you from being able to go back to work. 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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