Westchester County Burn Victim
A burn injury is truly one of the most debilitating and painful injuries one can experience. They are not uncommon. Thousands of people end up on the emergency room each year because they were burned in an accident. Sadly, many perish from their injuries or contend with lifelong complications or disfigurement as a result. Many burns occur because of the negligence of another person. In some cases victims are burned in the workplace such as at a construction. In other cases burns and other serious injuries occur auto accidents or in premises liability accidents. Victims who have serious burns face long, pain treatments. They miss time from work. The emotional suffering is as strong as the physical pain. If you are a burn victim and you believe that your injury was caused by another person's negligence, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney who will review the facts of your case and explain your options for pursuing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim.Causes of burns
Burns can be caused due to an automobile fire, chemical accidents, work related accidents, electrical burns and more. Cold burns can also create injury, caused by exposure to liquid helium or nitrogen, or dry ice for example. The severity of a burn varies by degree. Damage to the top layers of skin are categorized as first of second degree. Third degree burns involve all the layers of skin and create serious and often permanent damage to nerves and tissue. Because of the devastating effect these burns can have on the entire body, the can be considered life threatening.Types of burns
- Contact burns: A contact burn is the type of burn that people are most familiar with. If you are burned in fire or by touching something hot such as metal, you will suffer a contact burn. Contact burns also occur in car, truck and SUV accidents.
- Inhalation: An inhalation burn occurs when you breathe in toxic chemicals such as toxic gases.
- Chemical: Chemical burns occur when a victim's skin comes in contact with a acid or other dangerous chemicals.
- Electrical: An electric burn occurs when a victim's skin comes in contact with a live electric source.
Personal injury claims based on burn injuries are typically based on construction accidents, other workplace accidents, and premises liability accidents. Victims have the right to pursue compensation or benefits through personal injury claims or through workers' compensation claims. Through a personal injury claim victims can not only hold the negligent party accountable, they can also get financial relief. The amount of compensation available depends on the individual facts of each victim's case. Some common compensable losses include:
- Medical bills: Doctors, plastic surgeon, neurologist, dermatologist, wound care specialist, emergency room, hospital, pain medication, rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological counseling, in-home care.
- Lost wages: Missed paychecks, missed bonuses and promotions, missed benefits.
- Pain and suffering: The pain and mental suffering associated with severe burns is significant
- Wrongful death: 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.
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 the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & 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 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.