Burn Injury Lawyer in Brooklyn
TRUSTED AND RELIABLE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS SERVING NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY
Some of the most traumatic injuries a person can sustain are burn injuries. Burns are incredibly painful, and they can require extensive physical rehabilitation and surgery. The pain is not just physical pain, however. Severe burns can create scarring and disfigurement. You may no longer feel as though you are the same person you were before your injuries. This loss of identity can cause lasting mental and emotional pain and anguish.
If you or a loved one has been severely burned in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, you need a lawyer who understands what you are going through, and can help you move forward in your life.
BURN INJURIES CAN HAPPEN IN A NUMBER OF CIRCUMSTANCES, SUCH AS:
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Regardless of the circumstances, our law firm will look closely at how your accident was caused, and we work to determine who is responsible for the injuries you sustained. We can then build a powerful case helping to show why this negligence caused your injuries, and why these parties should be held responsible. Our aggressive, skilled approach regularly leads to favorable outcomes in litigation and settlement negotiations.
We know that after a serious burn injury, you may not be able to live the life you once led. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, we are committed to helping you receive the compensation you need for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. While this money will not give you back your old life, it can go a long way toward helping you live the fullest possible life.
There are strict statutes of limitations in all injury claims. Contact the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates today for the guidance you need after a burn injury.
BURN INJURY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
I suffered a burn injury. How do I know what to do?
If you have suffered a burn injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Severe burns can be life-threatening so when in doubt dial 911 or your local emergency services.
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries due to another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, you may be wondering what to do in regards to your legal rights. It is possible you could pursue compensation from those responsible. It’s important to establish where and how the burn occurred and document treatment and rehabilitation. The amount of compensation for a burn injury a jury is willing to award might be affected by the degree of the defendant’s liability and the severity of injuries. Schedule a consultation with a lawyer in your jurisdiction to discuss a potential lawsuit. Write down your questions before the appointment and bring all the information you have about the incident including medical records, medical bills, any correspondence or settlement offers from the defendant or insurance companies, and any evidence you’ve gathered on your own such photographs or videos.
How much compensation can I get for a burn injury?
It is difficult to predict accurately what your burn injury settlement will be. Compensation for burn injuries involves the same types of damages in other personal injury cases. Factors such as the severity of the injury, the intent of the person who caused the burn, and the extent to which the defendant can pay heavily influence compensation for burn injuries. Because of the high level of pain, permanent scarring, and disfigurement that can occur, burn injuries tend to have higher settlement values.
Why hire a lawyer?
There are some legal matters like speeding tickets and small claims court that you alone could handle without an experienced lawyer. However, there are legal circumstances where you would not want to risk not having the advice of an experienced lawyer. The law is complicated and by hiring a lawyer you can navigate legal proceedings knowing documents are filed properly, procedures are followed, and settlements proposed by the opposing party are fair or should be negotiated instead of going to trial. A lawyer who understands the law and has experience with cases similar to yours can explain your options and make a calculated guess about how it might resolve in trial.
Examples of Burn Injury Cases and Settlement Amounts
Product Liability Burn Injury Settlement Examples
$41.5 million burn injury settlement – A 19-year-old man filed charges against the manufacturer of the clothing he was wearing in a dirt bike accident that left him with extensive burn injuries. The victim claimed that the clothing was not fire retardant.
$960,000 burn injury settlement – An 88-year-old man brought a personal injury claim against his housing corporation after he was badly scalded in the shower. The water was found to be 60 degrees hotter than it should have been. The victim received $960,000 in damages.
$1 million burn injury settlement – A hospitalized patient suffered burns when his bed caught fire due to a product design malfunction.
Negligence Burn Injury Settlements
$310,000 burn injury settlement – A woman pressed charges against Starbucks® Corporation when she was scalded by a cup of the company’s coffee that fell on her foot.
$31.5 million burn injury settlement – A man filed charges against AAA after an accident involving a tow truck commissioned by AAA. The tow truck crashed into his vehicle, which burst into flames and left him with third-degree burns on 58 percent of his body.
Workplace Accidents Burn Injury Settlements
$900,000 burn injury settlement – A man filed a personal injury lawsuit against his employer, a paint factory, after being severely burned in a factory explosion. The explosion occurred while the man was using a device, later found to be defective, to mix paint.
$27.26 million burn injury settlement – A man filed burn injury charges after being badly burned in an on-the-job factory accident. The victim was standing near the dysfunctional piece of machinery when molten material spewed out, burning over 65 percent of his body. He was awarded $27.26 million in damages, plus $250,000 to his wife for loss of companionship.
DISCLAIMER: This website includes general information about legal issues and is not intended to be legal advice. Website content is for informational purpose only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These informational materials must not be taken as legal advice on any specific set of facts or circumstances. Any examples of cases and settlements are informational samples and are not cases handled by this law office. Contact a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction for advice on specific legal issues.