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Burn Injury

When Do You Need a New York Burn Injury Lawyer?

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be devastating injuries that change a person’s life by causing permanent disability or disfigurement after a fire loss. These injures can also be extremely painful and may require long-lasting medical treatment that is expensive and goes on for years after the original accident. The recovery period after a burn injury may be emotionally traumatic and may disrupt a victim’s relationships with his or her family and friends for many years after the original loss.

When a victim sustains a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is especially distressing, and besides being compensated for the injury, the victim wants to see justice served and the wrongdoers justly punished. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates are dedicated to ensuring that those parties responsible for a burn injury are held accountable, and that a fair and just compensation is won for the victim in those cases.

Causes and Types of Burn Injuries

There are many possible causes of burn injuries. Some of these causes include motor vehicle accidents, defective products such as heaters or cell phones, construction injuries, or other work-related industrial accidents. Burn injuries may also be a result of a landlord’s negligence in an apartment building, or of the carelessness of a tenant who smokes which can ignite an accidental fire in a residence.
The types of burn injuries are classified based upon the severity of the burn. These include:

  • First degree – This type of burn is the least severe and involves only the outermost layer of skin, or epidermis. This type of injury usually involves minimal pain and treatment and does not leave permanent scarring.
  • Second degree – This type of burn affects both the outer layer and the next layer of skin, or the epidermis and the dermis. This burn can cause blistering with an actual open wound that can become infected. It is usually wise to get medical treatment for this kind of burn, and some scarring is possible.
  • Third degree burn – This is the most serious type of burn that destroys the skin entirely and also damages underlying tissue. This burn often requires surgical skin grafting and does leave permanent scarring if not treated. The scars associated with this type of burn are usually disfiguring. Local nerves are usually destroyed, and often sensation in those areas of the skin or muscle is lost as a result of this type of burn.

Even when a severe burn is repaired with a skin graft, the victim will never really look the same again.

What Must Be Proven to Win a Burn Injury Case

In order to win a burn injury case, the case must include four components, which are: that there was a reasonable duty of care, a breach of that duty did occur, there were measurable resulting damages, and there is reason to believe that the negligent party is the factor and causation of the damages in the case. Generally, the most difficult aspect to prove in an injury case of any kind is the causation of damages, but in many burn injury cases, the cause of the loss is fairly clear. The state of New York recognizes the law of comparative negligence, which means that if more than one party is found to be negligent in contributing to the cause of the injury, all parties may be a source and responsible for a certain percent of the total compensation awarded to the victim.

Call to Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with a Burn Injury Lawyer in New York Today

If you have suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, call to schedule a free legal consultation with a burn injury lawyer in New York today. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and wrongdoing and win you the maximum possible compensation. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding New York communities.

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