Burn injuries can be not only painful and costly, but also emotionally traumatizing for the victim. A victim can suffer different types of burns in an accident including thermal, chemical or electrical. Burn injuries can result in extensive skin damage, internal injuries, organ and nerve damage, infection and even cardiac arrest. Patients not only need emergency medical care, but they may also require continual surgery, cosmetic procedures, skin grafts, rehabilitation, physical therapy and counseling.
What are the financial implications for burn injury victims? Depending on the type and extent of the burn injuries, the consequences can be devastating. The most common causes of these catastrophic injuries in New York are car accidents, explosions, fires caused by defective products such as water heaters, faulty electrical wiring, lack of sprinklers and fire alarms and flammable clothing or mattresses. Burn injuries can also occur at work sites such as construction areas and industrial facilities.
Very often, burn injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. For example, a car fire or explosion can be caused because of the recklessness of a drunk driver. An industrial explosion can occur because an employer failed to maintain a safe working environment, or failed to educate employees about safety practices and pertinent operating procedures. Defective products such as faulty appliances and flammable clothing and mattresses cause numerous deadly fires each year in the United States.
In such cases, the at-fault parties – be it a negligent driver or manufacturer of a defective product – can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused to the victim and his or her family. Injured burn victims can seek compensation for all medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation and other related damages. The family of a deceased victim can seek compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and other related damages.
If a loved family member has sustained serious injuries or has been killed in a fire or explosion caused by negligence, please contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. Our experienced New York personal injury lawyers will fight for your rights, protect your best interests and diligently work to secure fair and full compensation for all your injuries, damages and losses. Call us today at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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