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Burn Injuries

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Severe burn injuries can be the most painful type of injury a person can endure. The recovery process for burn injuries can be excruciating because they can be challenging to treat, slow to heal, and extremely painful. Severe burn injuries can cause victims permanent disfigurement, lasting impairments, and permanent disabilities. They can also be life-threatening.

Attorney Michael LoGiudice understands how difficult it can be to recover from burn injuries. If you or your loved one have suffered burn injuries caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Under New York law, victims of burn injury accidents can pursue damages for their medical expenses, lost wages, lost future income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. We can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the total compensation you need and deserve.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can occur in a wide range of accidents. Nearly any source of heat has the potential to cause a person burn injuries. Auto accidents, such as truck accidents, car accidents, or motorcycle accidents, can cause burn injuries when vehicles ignite after the accident, causing the vehicle to catch fire. 

Consumer products with one or more defects can also cause catastrophic burn injuries to users. Electrical products can spark or overheat, starting a fire. Defective consumer products cause many house fires. When products heat up during use, such as laptops, they can cause burn injuries.

Injuries Caused By Gas Explosions

Gas explosions can be the most dangerous type of fire, resulting in the most severe burns. Most victims of gas explosions suffer severe third or fourth-degree burns. Natural gas and propane gas are the two leading causes of gas explosions. If you were injured in a gas explosion, you may be able to hold the gas company liable if their negligence caused it. Similarly, suppose you were injured in a gas explosion on another person’s property, such as an apartment, hotel, or restaurant. In that case, you may be able to hold the property owner or manager negligent for your injuries.

Chemical Burns

Chemical burns occur when industrial chemicals or household products, such as household cleaners or beauty products, are misused or defective. A product containing acidic bases or acids can burn the skin and cause painful, irritating skin conditions. Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure their products are designed in a reasonably safe way and manufactured safely and that they contain warnings to protect consumers. If you received a chemical burn from a defective product, you may have the right to recover compensation from the manufacturer or retailer.

Electrical Burns

Electrical burns occur when someone comes into contact with live electricity that passes through the human body at rapid speeds. Electrical burns usually cause more damage to a person’s body underneath the skin. Being exposed to live electricity can cause internal organ damage, paralysis, brain injuries, and even death. If you’ve been the victim of an electrical burn caused by another person or company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

First and Second-Degree Burns

Medical professionals use four degrees to categorize a person’s burns and treat them accordingly. First-degree burns involve the top layer of skin becoming damaged. Usually, these types of burns are minimal and heal within 1 to 2 weeks. They may not need medical attention. Second-degree burns involve damage that goes beyond the top layer of the skin. These burns are characterized by blistered and red skin and could take several weeks to heal.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are more serious and are sometimes called full-thickness burns. The damage extends through all of the victim’s skin layers. White or black dry wounds and charring usually characterize these burns. The complications arising from third-degree burns can be extremely serious and may include nerve damage, hypothermia, serious infections, and even death. Those who have experienced a third-degree burn should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Fourth-Degree Burns

Fourth-degree burns are by far the most serious type of burn injury. In addition to burning every layer of a person’s skin, these types of burns can also destroy a person’s tendons, muscles, and organs. When fourth-degree burns occur, a person’s skin is completely burned, and their underlying nerves, attendance, muscles, and bones can become severely damaged. Victims of fourth-degree burns are at a high risk of infection and hypothermia, and many of these types of injuries are life-threatening. Survivors may face significant rehabilitation, disability, disfigurement, and pain.

Damages Available in Burn Injury Cases

Serious burn injuries can result in significant medical expenses over a person’s lifetime. Treating third- and fourth-degree burns can take a significant amount of time and require ongoing medical treatments. Victims may need to stay at specialized burn units in major hospitals for weeks or even months. They may need to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. 

Additionally, burn victims will frequently benefit from psychological treatment as burn injuries can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Pursuing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit can help burn accident victims recover compensation for their financial losses. The following types of damages are available under New York personal injury laws:

  • Medical expenses
  • Transportation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Imaging tests
  • In-home care expenses
  • Treatment costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Prosthetics
  • Hospital stays
  • Adaptive equipment and vehicles 

Contact a Burn Injury Attorney in Westchester

Victims of burn injury accidents can suffer significant pain, suffering, and may need ongoing medical treatment for the rest of their lives. If you or your loved one have suffered a burn injury that wasn’t your fault, you aren’t alone. Attorney Michael LoGiudice can help you seek compensation for all the damages caused by your burn injuries. Don’t hesitate to contact Michael LoGiudice, LLP to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. We represent clients in Westchester and throughout New York state.

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