New York Burn Injury Lawyer
Have you or a loved one suffered a burn injury in a NYC accident? Does the trauma of your accident affect you from living your life? Are you struggling financially as a result of your burn injury? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced burn injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation. We can help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Since 1977, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC has been dedicated to helping burn injury victims across New York City. We understand how devastating an unexpected accident and burn injury can be. We know that your life has probably been turned upside-down. That’s why we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.
We offer a free consultation, so please call our NYC law office to schedule yours today. Our team is always available to take your call – day or night – 365 days a year.
What is a Burn Injury?
When you’re exposed to heat, electricity, chemicals, or even radiation, your tissue can get damaged. In fact, the tissue is damaged to the point that it dies. That damage is called a burn injury. Burn injuries can be relatively minor, perhaps only having a superficial effect on the body, or really severe, potentially damaging muscle and bone. The severity of your injury will often depend on (a) what type of burn you’ve sustained and (b) the size of the affected area.
Types of Burn Injuries
There are five primary types of burn injuries. Any type of burn injury can have painful, debilitating consequences.
Thermal Burn: A thermal burn injury occurs when you are exposed to and make contact with a hot object. Thermal burns can be caused by fire, hot objects, liquids, or even steam.
Chemical Burn: A chemical burn occurs when you are exposed to and make contact with harmful chemicals. Chemical burns can be caused by highly-acidic liquids or solvents.
Electrical Burn: Touching electricity or an electrical current can result in electrocution. It can also singe your tissue and cause an electrical burn.
Radiation Burn: Some cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatments are vulnerable to radiation burns, which occur when the body is exposed to high doses of radiation over an extended period of time. Individuals who work with or near radiation are also susceptible to this type of burn injury.
Cold Burn: You can also suffer a burn injury if you’re exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Cold burns, also known as frostbite, can cause just as much damage as heat or chemical-related burn injuries.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are diagnosed on a scale of one to six. First-degree burns are the least serious, while sixth-degree burns can result in death.
First-Degree Burn: A first-degree burn is a surface burn. It only affects the outer layer of your skin. Symptoms can include redness or pain at the site of injury.
Second-Degree Burn: A second-degree burn affects both the outer and inner layers of your skin. Symptoms include skin that is hot to the touch, which may also seem to have a shiny or wet appearance. Blisters commonly form on the site of the injury.
Third-Degree Burn: A third-degree burn doesn’t just affect your skin, but also the layer of fat beneath the surface. Also known as a full-thickness burn, this injury causes damage to your nerve endings. As a result, you may not be able to feel pain or discomfort at the site of the burn injury. It’s common for the site of a third-degree burn to have a white, yellow, black, or brown leathery appearance. Since the damage is so severe, recovery from a third-degree burn often requires skin grafts.
Fourth-Degree Burn: A fourth-degree burn is very severe, potentially causing damage to the tendons, nerves, and muscle beneath the skin. Many times, fourth-degree burns have long term or collateral consequences, including infection and joint problems. Amputations may be necessary if you sustain fourth-degree burns.
Fifth-Degree Burn: A fifth-degree burn may not just affect your tissue, but also the bone at the site of the injury. Skin may appear to be charred or white, and the bone will likely be exposed. Fifth-degree burns can potentially lead to permanent internal damage, including organ failure. Amputation may be required to prevent the injury or a related infection from spreading.
Sith-Degree Burn: A sixth-degree burn is the most severe, often the result of extended exposure to high heat. You may also sustain a burn of this magnitude if you’re involved in a car accident or are in an explosion. Sixth-degree burns won’t just expose the bone under the site of the injury, but will do damage to the bone, as well. Sixth-degree burns can be fatal.
Always seek medical treatment right away if you’ve sustained a burn injury.
What Can Cause a Burn Injury in New York City?
Burn injuries happen more than you might think. The CDC estimates that, every year, 1.1 million Americans sustain burn injuries that require medical attention. Many of these injuries are severe. About 50,000 people will have to be hospitalized for treatment. Another 4,500 won’t survive the extent of their burn injuries.
Many times, burn injuries are accidental. They happen because someone is negligent or isn’t paying attention. In fact, the American Burn Association reports that burns are a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States.
In New York, leading causes of accidental burn injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Hazardous or unsafe premises
- Construction accidents
- Explosions, and
- Medical negligence.
When you sustain a burn accident and someone else is to blame, you may want to consider filing an injury claim or lawsuit for damages. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC to learn more about your legal rights and options today.
Who’s Liable For My Burn Injury in NYC?
Under New York state law, anyone who contributes to the accident that causes your burn injury can be on the hook for resulting damages. After an accident, you might have a legitimate case against anyone whose negligence or carelessness caused you to get hurt. This might include:
- Motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians
- Employers of negligent parties
- Transit companies
- Government agencies
- Building or property owners
- General contractors on a construction site, or
- Companies that sold or manufactured a defective product.
You deserve to know why you got hurt and who’s to blame. Our attorneys will work hard to find the answers to these questions. When we do, we can seek compensation from anyone who contributed to your NYC burn injury.
Damages May Be Available If You’ve Suffered a Burn Injury in NYC
Have you suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence? You may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, and more.
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC has been advocating for burn injury victims in NYC for more than four decades. In that time, we’ve forged relationships with leading injury experts in the area. When we take your case, they can help us understand your injuries and, ultimately, what your case is worth. This can help us fight to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
You’ve gotten hurt through little-to-no fault of your own. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC are prepared to help you demand the money you deserve.
You only have a limited amount of time to act, so don’t hesitate to contact our NYC law firm to schedule your free, no-obligation case assessment. We represent clients across New York, so give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, or Westchester.