How Our Burn Injury Attorney in Long Island Can Help

We Handle Everything While You Recover

Burn injuries cause significant pain and can lead to severe scarring and debilitation. They can occur in a wide variety of circumstances and routinely lead to time off work and overwhelming financial pressure. If you have suffered a burn injury, a Long Island burn injury lawyer can potentially recover significant compensation for your losses to help you weather the future.

At Tucker Lawyers, every burn injury case gets the tailored, individualized treatment it deserves, and every burn injury attorney in our office fights hard for every penny our clients are entitled to. Although we can never guarantee our results, our track record speaks for itself. We have helped thousands of injured clients access the money they needed to make their lives better after an injury accident.

When Tucker Lawyers takes your case, we take care of everything, including:

  • Accident investigations
  • Collection and analysis of evidence
  • Management of all claims-related paperwork and documents
  • Insurance company negotiations for compensation
  • Filing a lawsuit if negotiations break down
  • Discovery and deposition of witnesses
  • Trial or mediation.

Have you been burned in an accident and are unsure what to do next? Call Tucker Lawyers at (516) 399-2364 for a free case review with a Long Island burn injury lawyer ready to fight for you.

Understanding Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be minor, but they are frequently serious, painful, and life-altering — and sometimes deadly. They are classified into three primary categories based on the level of seriousness of the burn injury.

Classifications of Burn Injuries

The three classifications of burns are:

  • First-Degree: Superficial burns that cause very little damage aside from red and painful skin.
  • Second-Degree: Damage goes beyond the first layer of skin and into the dermis, resulting in blistering with the possibility of swelling.
  • Third-Degree: Serious burns that damage the epidermis and dermis and may reach bone, tendons, muscles, and ligaments.

The term fourth-degree burn is sometimes used to describe burns that do damage to the bones and muscles.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burns are often caused by heat, but cold things can also burn. In fact, various forms of energy can produce burns on the human body. They include:

  • Thermal
  • Radiation
  • Electrical
  • Chemical
  • Friction

Individuals may also experience cosmetic burns from the use of products containing substances and chemicals that may lead to burning. 

Liability for Burn Injuries

If you have experienced a burn injury, you may not have to bear the burden of loss alone. You may be able to access substantial compensation for your injury, depending on the circumstances of your accident.

Burn Injury that Occurs at Work

Burn injuries that occur at work typically make the victim eligible for workers’ comp benefits. When an injured worker pursues workers’ comp benefits, there is no need to prove fault. Instead, the worker’s employer will pay for medical treatment, a percentage of lost wages, and some incidental expenses. But there is no payment for non-financial losses (such as pain and suffering) under workers’ comp.

However, when a third party causes a workplace injury, the injured worker can sue the third party for full damages, financial and non-financial. What is an example of a third party? A third party is anyone who is not an employee or employer at a worksite, such as customers, workers from other businesses, and the general public. A manufacturer, such as a company that makes tools, is also a third party when their products are present at a worksite.

Burn Injury Occurring Outside of Work

If you were not working when you became injured, you may be entitled to file a claim for full compensation against the insurance company of the party that harmed you. If that party does not have insurance, you may be able to sue them directly or sue their employer if they were working at the time.

Some common contexts in which burn injuries often occur include:

  • Traffic accidents caused by negligence or recklessness
  • On-the-job accidents caused by a third party
  • Violent behavior
  • Residential fires
  • Hot beverages or hot water from a faucet
  • Dangerously defective products
  • Damaged power lines
  • Improper use of electrical equipment
  • Broken equipment
  • Industrial-use and cleaning products.

Regardless of how your burn injury occurred, you can rely on Tucker Lawyers to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Call (516) 399-2364 for a free consultation today.

Typical Damages in Long Island Burn Injury Cases

Justice Through Compensation

As a burn injury victim, you can potentially recover compensation for your injuries. As mentioned, burn injury victims who suffer injuries outside of work or from a third party while at work have access to full compensatory damages, which include both economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are available to cover your financial setbacks related to your burn injury, such as:

  • Doctor and hospital bills
  • Lack of income due to missed work
  • Purchases of medical equipment and devices
  • Prescription medication purchases
  • Home and vehicle modifications

You can also seek to recover money spent on hiring help around the house.

Non-Economic Damages

You may also pursue non-economic damages, which cover your intangible losses, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • The emotional impact of permanent disability.

Because these losses are not financial in nature, formulas are used to translate them into monetary values.

Punitive Damages

If your burn was caused by behavior that was willful or in wanton disregard of your rights, you may be able to pursue punitive damages as well. Your attorney must point to behavior that demonstrates that no mere accident caused your burn. For example, arson and drunk driving are two behaviors that would likely qualify as malicious and wanton, respectively.

At Kaplan Lawyers, we work diligently to recover every form of compensation available to our clients. To learn more about damages and compensation, contact us any time for a free consultation.

FAQs About Long Island Burn Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions from Our Burn Injury Clients

You likely have many questions related to burn injuries and compensation. Please read through the following Q&A and contact us with any concerns you have.

  • Do I really need to hire a Long Island burn injury attorney?

    Injury victims who have attorneys regularly get higher compensation figures for their injuries than those who do not have them. Without a lawyer, you must face insurance adjusters alone, and this is what they want. They prefer to deal with accident victims directly rather than with an attorney, because an attorney knows the true value of your claim and will fight to make the insurance company pay what it owes.

  • How much do Long Island burn injury attorneys charge?

    As a client of Kaplan Lawyers, you will be charged a contingency fee that is not due until the end of your case. The fee will be calculated based on the amount of compensation we have recovered for you. If we recover zero, you owe zero. And you owe nothing up front to start your claim.

  • How much compensation will I get for my burn injury claim?

    It depends entirely on the specific facts of your burn injury claim. If you have suffered a serious injury, you will likely get more compensation than someone who has a minor burn injury. But it depends on the context of the accident. For example, if your burn injury occurred at work, your compensation may be limited due to workers’ comp restrictions.

  • What is the deadline for pursuing compensation for a burn injury?

    You have a deadline of three years to take legal action on a burn injury claim for compensation. However, if the burn injury victim is a minor, the statute of limitations will be tolled until their 18th birthday. They will then have three years to file suit.

  • How long will it take to settle my burn injury case?

    Your burn injury case could take anywhere from a few months to a year. If a trial is necessary, it could take even longer.

  • Will my case go to trial?

    Your burn injury case will go to trial if the insurance company or the defendant refuses to pay what they owe. If a trial is necessary, the time to resolve your claim will be longer. However, most injury cases do not go to court as they are resolved by the parties beforehand.

Do you have additional questions about receiving compensation for a burn injury? Please do not hesitate to call us for more answers.

Why Choose Our Experienced Burn Injury Lawyers in Long Island?

We Never Back Down

At Kaplan Lawyers, we never settle for less than our burn injury clients deserve. As our client, you can rely on our team to fight hard to recover every bit of compensation that is rightfully yours. We will hold every deserving party accountable for the losses you have suffered.

Have you experienced devastating burn injuries that have led to financial and emotional losses? If so, call Kaplan Lawyers at (516) 399-2364 to discuss your options for justice through compensation. A Long Island burn injury lawyer is ready to listen and help.

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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 ]

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