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Our Notable Burn Injury Verdicts & Settlements
Our team delivers exceptional results for our clients.We secured $4 million for a client burned by a defective product who experienced significant scarring of her waist.For an elderly client burned by a scalding hot cup of McDonald's coffee, suffering third-degree burns, we recovered $640,000.
How Our New York Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Claim
Are you dealing with serious burn injuries and need compensation for your losses? The NYC burn injury lawyers at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm are ready to review your case and help you get justice.
If someone else is even partially responsible for your burn accident, our attorneys may be able to seek compensation on your behalf and get you the relief you need from your losses.
When we take your case, you get the time you need to heal while our attorneys handle the important tasks at every stage of the process, including:
- Thoroughly investigating all aspects of the burn accident
- Employing the services of accident reconstruction experts
- Consulting with medical experts to help determine your future medical needs
- Consulting with financial experts to understand your future financial needs
- Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies for a proper compensation award
- Representing you in a lawsuit, if necessary
- Keeping you informed at every stage of the progress of your case
After your free case evaluation, our attorneys will immediately begin to do what is necessary to ensure that you get maximum compensation for your injuries. If your burn injuries are the result of someone else's negligence, you deserve a just and proper compensation award.
What Is a Burn Injury?
A burn injury occurs when heat or some other form of intense energy destroys the skin or other bodily tissues. These injuries typically lead to intense pain but may also cause temporary numbness, depending on the depth of the injury and the nerve damage involved.
Additionally, burn injuries generally happen due to traumatic events and frequently lead to long-lasting or permanent psychological damage to the victim. Because of scarring, burn victims often lose the self-confidence they possessed before their accident.
We Handle Every Burn Injury Case
Burns have many causes. At the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm, we represent burn injury victims suffering from all types of burn injury cases.
A patient may be burned through:
- Contact with an MRI
- Negligent use of oxygen and flammable substances or gasses
- Contact with hospital chemicals
We hold medical professionals responsible when they fail to treat a burn properly, or when they cause a burn when treating you.
Defective products, such as electronics or those that use flammable liquids, may malfunction and lead to explosions or other occurrences that cause burns. Some common defective products include:
- Off-road vehicles, such as ATVs
- Industrial and construction equipment
Many other products carry this risk as well.
Certain types of accidents come with a higher risk of burns, such as:
Negligence leading to motor vehicle accidents can cause a gas tank to explode or lead to victims coming into contact with hot vehicle parts. Whatever the cause of the car accident and burns, our attorneys hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Truckers and trucking companies have an enormous responsibility to the public, especially when transporting hazardous and flammable loads. We fight hard to hold these parties liable for their lapses and the burn injuries they cause.
Motorcycle riders face an elevated risk of suffering various burn injuries, such as friction and contact burns, due to being exposed while riding. They may also be burned due to an explosion or combustible liquids.
We hold negligent parties accountable when their actions cause explosions, electrocutions, and other burn accidents at construction sites.
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Burns are more likely in these accidents due to the presence of combustible fuels and the high temperatures that vehicle and equipment parts reach when in operation.
What Are the Most Common Types of Burn Injuries?
Various types of burns exist, including:
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Thermal burns
- Cold burns
- Radiation burns
- Friction burns
Each of these burn types is capable of wreaking havoc on a person's body, from the skin to the bones and organs.
Depending on the severity of the injury, burns are classified as either a:
- First-degree burn
- Second-degree burn
- Third-degree burn
Some professionals also include fourth-degree burns as a category.
All first-degree and some second-degree burns are considered mild, whereas some second and all third-degree burns are major. In every case, major burns are an urgent medical emergency requiring immediate medical care.
What Are the Most Common Signs of Burn Injuries?
In many cases, burn injuries are readily apparent. However, after some injuries, a burn is not immediately visible.
But if a burn does occur, there are signs and symptoms that will typically almost immediately begin to manifest. What exactly these signs are depends on the degree of burn the person has suffered.
Common signs that a first-degree burn injury has occurred include:
- Redness of the skin
- Minor swelling or inflammation
These burns tend to heal quickly.
Signs that a second-degree burn has occurred include:
- Extreme redness and soreness
- Significant blistering
- A wet appearance of the burned skin
These burns take longer to heal than first-degree burns.
Signs that a third-degree burn has taken place include:
- Charring of the skin
- A waxy appearance of the skin
- A leathery appearance of the skin
- Dark-brown coloring of the skin
Once you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment to prevent the injury from getting worse.
What Are the Most Common Consequences of Burn Injuries?
Severe burn injuries often lead to devastating consequences. They are also among the most painful injuries a person can experience. When severe enough, which they often are, burn injuries can lead to long-lasting or permanent results.
Regarding common health consequences, victims of burns may face:
- Hypermetabolism that causes the loss of bone density and muscle mass
- Significant, permanent scarring
- Nerve damage
- Various mental health concerns, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic, unrelenting pain, both physical and psychological
- Reduced life expectancy for both children and adults
- Increased risk of contracting diseases, including cancers, infectious diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the nervous system, diabetes, and others
Severe burns also tend to affect victims' confidence due to scarring and routinely have the effect of isolating victims from their community and even family. This isolation results in the loss of work and reduced ambition and prevents victims from enjoying life as they once had.
Fortunately, burn victims these days have access to advanced treatment options that have come a long way over the years. Skin grafts and other standard burn treatment options are more effective today than ever. But the pain and suffering, both physical and mental, can never be done away with entirely.
What Kind of Damages Are Available If You Have Suffered a Burn Injury in New York?
Burn injury victims must invariably face significant pain and loss. They must often endure extensive medical treatment that leads to substantial medical expenses, and they must also take time away from work, which results in significant lost wages.
Additionally, victims of serious burns also suffer a host of intangible losses that can significantly reduce the quality of their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Fortunately, an experienced burn injury lawyer can help victims recoup compensation for many of these losses by pursuing economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover the quantifiable losses directly related to your personal injury case, including:
- Medical bills for treatment, medication, and physical therapy
- Associated medical costs incurred for the purchase of medical devices and equipment
- Lost wages or salary
- Lost future earning capacity
- Home care expenses for help around the house
- Funeral and burial expenses for fatal burn injuries
Non-economic losses, on the other hand, are subjective and not inherently quantifiable. Nonetheless, they are still compensable. These losses can include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If you are dealing with a serious burn injury, you need the services of an experienced burn victim lawyer in NYC who will work diligently and endlessly to ensure that you are compensated for the losses you have suffered.