Our New York City Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get Compensation for a Severe Burn.
Burn Injuries Can Be Severe, And the Effects Can Last a Lifetime, But You May Be Able to Receive Compensation with The Help of a New York Burn Injury Lawyer.
Burn injuries can cause excruciating pain and suffering. They can also lead to scarring, disfigurement, paralysis in the burn area, and death. Burns may require multiple surgeries, skin grafts, hospitalizations, and continuing care, and victims may be left unable to work for extended periods.
If you have suffered a severe burn, or a loved one has, due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may be entitled to compensation through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit.
However, the legal requirements in this area are complicated. Proving fault can be difficult, making mistakes can be costly, and your insurance company’s high-powered lawyers will attempt to persuade you to settle for the lowest amount possible.
You should not have to deal with this on your own, especially if you are trying to recover from a traumatic accident. A New York City burn injury lawyer from Tucker Law is ready to take the burden off you by handling all the paperwork, investigations, negotiations, and legal hurdles involved in getting you the compensation you deserve.
How The Tucker New York City Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You?
A great burn injury lawyer takes burns and burn-related suffering extremely seriously. At Tucker Lawyers, we understand that a severe burn injury can affect virtually every aspect of your life. We also know that explaining the totality of your experience as a burn victim can be a challenge.
So, we are here to make your case for you. As experienced New York City burn injury attorneys, we are prepared to pursue every penny of the compensation you are owed under the law. We have many years of experience in burn injury cases, and we believe we can make a meaningful difference in terms of the outcome of your claim.
We offer a free consultation to determine the best way to proceed with your case, so please call us today at (516) 399-2364.
How a Burn Injury Attorney Can Help You?
Our New York Burn Injury Attorneys Have the Resources to Investigate Your Case, Find All Parties Who May Be at Fault, And Build a Strong Case on Your Behalf.
Burns are not merely skin deep. Beyond cosmetic issues — which are extremely important and need to be fully addressed — burns can also cause nerve or tissue damage, affect the body’s sweating mechanism, and inhibit the functioning of other bodily systems.
The overwhelming majority of burns are preventable. They happen because of someone’s careless acts or failure to take basic preventative measures. In such cases, burn victims are entitled to legal relief.
Common Types of Burns
- Electrical shock
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Thermal burns (direct exposure to hot objects or heat)
- Friction burns
- Scalds (burns from hot/boiling water or other liquids)
- Flame injuries
- Factory explosions
- Other explosions.
When you meet with a burn injury attorney from our firm, we will discuss the cause of your burn and the physical, emotional, and financial effects it has caused you. We can help by:
- Investigating the cause of your burn injury and gathering evidence, such as from photographs and videos.
- Interviewing eyewitnesses and first responders.
- Examining police reports, fire reports, and your medical records, including documentation. Related to emergency treatment, hospital care, surgeries, and rehabilitation.
- Getting expert testimony from safety inspectors, healthcare experts, and other professionals to learn as much as possible about the cause of the burn.
- Getting experts to testify about what future procedures and rehabilitation you might need.
- Working with people who know you to get testimony about how your injuries have negatively impacted your life.
- Handling all dealings and negotiations with insurance companies for a fair settlement.
- Arguing your case in front of a judge or jury if necessary.
New York Burn Injury Attorney Seek Full Compensation
Our Burn Injury Attorneys Will Determine What Your Case Is Worth and Seek a Settlement That Covers All Your Damages.
Everyone’s injuries and circumstances are different. Generally, however, severe burn settlements can reach into the hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars.
The amount of damages you may receive will be based on the severity and permanence of your injuries and their effects on your life, including your personal relationships, ability to work, and whether you will need continuing care, as well as the amount of insurance and assets that are available for compensation.
New York allows compensatory damages that cover both your economic and noneconomic losses. In some rare cases, you may also receive punitive damages to punish defendants for extreme wrongdoing.
Compensatory Damages for a Burn Injury Include:
Economic Damages – These are to cover monetary losses for costs and expenses that result from the accident, such as:
- Medical and therapeutic bills
- Lost earnings and projected future lost earnings
- Damage to property that may have resulted from your accident
- Costs of modifying a home or vehicle.
Non-economic Damages – These are for the intangible effects on your life that do not have a specific dollar value, and may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium and enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability, scarring, or disfigurement.
Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant who acted particularly egregiously. This generally means they created danger through an intentional or extremely reckless act. The goal is to punish the defendant and deter such behaviors in the future rather than compensate the plaintiff for their losses.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Where someone dies due to burn injuries caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, New York law allows the estate’s personal representative to file a wrongful death claim. Damages to compensate for the losses suffered from the death can be awarded to immediate family members, including the deceased’s spouse, children, and parents. In certain circumstances, other relatives may receive compensation.
Burn Injury Lawyer in NYC Knows How to Prove Negligence
Proving Negligence Requires Knowledge, Investigation, And Getting Testimony from Witnesses and First Responders.
Not every burn injury is someone else’s fault. To win your case in a personal injury claim, our Tucker burn injury lawyers must be able to prove that the defendant in the case was at fault for causing the injuries you sustained.
To do this, we must be able to show that the following existed:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a duty of care, meaning they were legally required to act responsibly and not cause harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty.
- Cause: This breach caused the burn that injured you.
- Damage: You suffered damages as a result.
Examples of situations in which negligence may cause serious burns include:
- The explosion of a defective product.
- A landlord’s failure to install required smoke alarms or sprinklers, results in tenants’ inability to escape the property during a fire.
- A failure in a power tool causes an electrical fire.
There may be multiple defendants whose negligence contributed to your burns, such as manufacturers, salespeople, and installers of defective products. We would look to hold them all responsible as they may have assets and insurance.
Burn Injury Statistics
- Nearly half a million burn injuries are treated in medical facilities annually in the United States.
- A civilian fire death occurs every 2 hours and 40 minutes in the United States.
- A civilian fire injury occurs every 34 minutes.
- In 2019, local fire departments responded to 1,291,500 fires that caused roughly 3,700 civilian deaths, 16,600 civilian injuries, and $14.8 billion in property damage.
What Happens When a Burn Injury Occurs at Work?
In New York, as in other places, employers must maintain a safe working environment for their employees. This may include the implementation of safety protocols, training, and provision of personal protective equipment, depending on the individual circumstances of the workplace.
Should the company you work for fail to discharge its duty of care in this area and you sustain a burn injury, you should be entitled to file a lawsuit against your employer.
In addition, you may also be entitled to workers’ compensation if your burn injury came about as a direct result of your activities in the workplace. Applications for workers’ comp benefits can also result in legal disputes; our attorneys also deal with issues like this.
The Road to Recovery: Navigating Burn Injury Treatments and Rehabilitation
The recovery process you will face following a burn injury will depend on the nature, location, and severity of the burn. However, the process is typically lengthy and difficult.
Immediately after getting burnt, you should seek medical care or, failing that, first aid. Once a doctor sees your burn, they can assess the seriousness of the wound and prescribe appropriate treatment. This may involve wound treatment, medication, physical therapy, or surgery. Prompt and effective treatment will reduce your risk of infections, scarring, and loss of function.
More severe burns will require specialist care, such as skin grafts. Specialized burn centers also offer multidisciplinary care teams that can create a tailored treatment plan to address your individual needs.
In some cases, you may need to have ongoing physical or occupational therapy to make a full functional recovery. Also, if your burn injury has caused ongoing psychological distress, you may need some form of counseling.
It is vital that you document your recovery process as carefully as possible. Take photographs of your wound regularly, keep a journal of your progress, and keep the receipts and reports from any medical appointment you have that is related to your injury.
Why You Should Get Help from Our NY Burn Injury Attorneys
The experienced New York burn injury attorneys at Tucker Lawyers PC can help you achieve the justice you deserve. We will fight hard for your rights and ensure all legal matters and negotiations are handled correctly and promptly.
We will fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve and take the burden off you so you can concentrate on your recovery, your family, and moving forward with your life. Our office is conveniently located in New York City, with statewide legal representation.
Be aware that New York has a statute of limitations, which is a time limit for filing a lawsuit for most types of personal injury cases. According to N.Y. Civ. Prac. R. section 214, you generally have three years from the date of the injury to go to court and file a lawsuit against those responsible for the underlying accident, or the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case. A wrongful death claim in New York must be filed within two years of the date of the deceased person’s death.
So do not delay. Call us today for your free consultation at (516) 399-2364 to get started.
Managing Attorney John. J. Tucker, Esq.
John has personally handled thousands of clients who were victims of another’s negligence and fights relentlessly for their rights. John enjoys bringing closure to a client’s matter so that the injured party can move forward with their life. His background enables him to evaluate complex liability related claims and bring resolution to claims in a record time frame. [ Attorney Bio ]