Burn injuries are some of the most physically and emotionally painful personal injuries, and are often some of the most expensive to deal with, as severe burns may require multiple surgeries and treatments over a period of years. It is imperative that burn injury victims retain a qualified and experienced lawyer who understands the issues involved in these cases and is experienced in obtaining high-value settlements that reflect the damages imposed.
Burn injuries can occur in many different ways. Apart from fires, explosions, and contact with hot objects or hot surfaces, severe burns can come from chemicals, radiation, electricity, and even extreme or prolonged sun exposure. Our personal injury practice handles burn injuries that arise in many different contexts, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles
- Defective products, from fireworks and household products to industrial machinery
- Workplace injuries and construction site accidents, including electrical burns
Risks and Dangers of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries commonly range from first degree burns, where only the outer layer of skin is damaged, to third degree burns, where the injury reaches through the entire depth of the skin and damages the underlying tissue as well. In the most severe burns – fourth degree burns – muscle and fat tissue, tendons and even bones are damaged or destroyed.
In addition to the immediate damage done directly, burn injury victims are also at serious risk of infection, scarring, dehydration, hypothermia, and internal organ damage. Burn victims often suffer severe emotional trauma as well, and many are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.
Dealing with these injuries medically can require up to a year of hospitalization initially. Ongoing care often requires years of treatment, including continuing wound care therapy, multiple skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries, and psychological counseling. Our firm has successfully recovered high-dollar awards to help victims of serious injuries pay for their medical costs and cope with the challenges they must face. If you have suffered a burn injury on the job or as a result of the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact the New York City law offices of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. for a free consultation.