Burn injuries can happen in the workplace, a public space, and in a motor vehicle, and can result in severe injuries. In fact, a burn injury can be excruciatingly painful, and some of them even have a very high likelihood of leaving a victim with scarring, disfigurement, ongoing medical issues, restricted mobility, and other negative effects. When someone suffers a burn injury, it's important that you know what to do, and the most obvious first step to take (after getting medical attention) is to seek legal representation from a New York personal injury lawyer with experience in burn injuries.
The team at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law has represented and helped our clients get the compensation they are entitled to. This includes burn victims, car accident victims and many others. Contact us and allow us to help you next.
Establishing Fault Is Important To Your Burn Lawsuit
An important thing to remember is that when you suffer a burn injury, you must prove that someone else was at fault for your injury in order to be compensated for the losses. This is called "determining fault".
Usually, when someone or a group of people acted carelessly or recklessly and you were burned as a result, they were at fault. However, you must provide evidence to establish the person(s) were responsible.
Retaining a skilled burn injury lawyer to represent you is detrimental to your case. Depending on the situation, determining fault can be difficult at times. To identify who is legally responsible for your injuries, a lawyer can help sort through the facts of your burn injury lawsuit.
Common Types of Burn Injuries
Whether you are burned in a car accident caused by a reckless driver or while working on a New York City construction site, there's a number of ways a burn may happen and someone could be held responsible.
- Electrical burns. One of the most common burn injuries construction workers suffer on the job is that of the electrical burn. Electricity can travel through the body, causing significant damage to your organs.
- Chemical burns. Even common chemicals can pose serious risks. Many are flammable, but others can cause a severe reaction when they touch your skin, or are inhaled.
- Thermal burns. Thermal burns can be deadly. These burns occur on construction sites where open flames are present, or by welding accidents. They can also occur in a car accident when a vehicle bursts into flames. Thermal burns are caused by fire and can lead to third-degree burns, the need for skin grafting, and can be fatal in some circumstances.
- Scalds and steam burns. Hot steam and hot water can also cause burn injuries. While plumbers may face the greatest risk, anyone who installs pipes, or works with hot liquids, can be severely hurt.
- Sunburns. This might seem like common sense, but workers who are outside without proper protection can also suffer serious sunburn. Severe sunburn can lead to heatstroke, sun poisoning, and severe burns.
Electrical fires brought on by faulty items, wiring, or other electrical work are one of the more common causes of burn injuries. Electrical equipment is made to be safe to use. Sadly, there have been many cases throughout the years when people have burned themselves as a result of shoddy installation or inadequate maintenance. For instance, if an electrical device experiences a power surge, it may cause severe burns that occasionally result in permanent damage.
Finally, the presence of smoke, fire, or poisonous chemicals is another important component that causes burn damage. These substances frequently have consequences that go far beyond simple burning. In fact, scars from smoke, fire, and toxic chemicals can linger for months or even years.
Brandon J. Broderick Can Help You Get Compensation For Your Burn Injuries
If you or someone you love has been severely injured, specifically with a burn injury in New York, it can be traumatic for both you and your family. Getting closure with a personal injury lawsuit can help you move on and heal. You need help with that, in the form of an experienced NY personal injury lawyer. The team at Brandon J. Broderick will help by dealing with insurance companies on your behalf and gathering and reviewing witness statements, medical reports, and other information from healthcare providers to demonstrate the extent of your injuries, in addition to establishing negligence against another party.
For a free consultation, get in touch with us today.