Queens Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries can be extremely physically traumatizing, leading to extensive scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, and even amputation. Burns can leave behind significant emotional trauma, such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Burns destroy the outer and inner layers of skin tissue, sometimes reaching down into the tendons and muscle and causing permanent damage.
Many burn victims assume something they did caused the burn, such as failure to use a product correctly or take certain precautions. However, many burn injuries are the result of an employer, manufacturer, or someone else’s negligence. Dangerous burn hazards such as fires, explosions, chemical leaks, hot liquids, and defective products can all stem from someone’s carelessness. In these cases, New York laws are on your side. If you have suffered a burn injury and you believe it was caused from someone else’s negligence, contact our Queens burn injury attorneys to talk about your options for compensation.
Burn Injuries Caused by Negligence
Nationwide, an average of 450,000 burn injuries receive medical treatment per year. The average number of people who die from fires or burns is 3,500, with the majority of deaths occurring from residential fires. Residential fires can result from defective cooking and heating equipment. Thermal burns, or burns from contact with heat, make up the majority of burn injuries. Other common burns are chemical or electrical in nature.
Chemical burns can also happen within the home. Common household cleaners such as bleach and ammonia can cause chemical burns, where the acid or base “eats” through the skin tissues or causes respiratory damages from inhaling dangerous fumes. Not all manufacturers properly label toxic chemicals, warning users of the risk of chemical burn injuries. In this case, a victim would have a case of product liability for inadequate warning.
Electrical burns can happen in the workplace, especially in the construction industry. Downed power lines, faulty equipment, power box explosions, and lack of safety gear can lead to an employee sustaining life-threatening electrical burns. In this type of burn, an electrical current flows through the body, causing cardiovascular implications, neurological effects, physical damage, shock, or death.
Employers have a legal obligation to provide a reasonably safe workplace to workers. This includes a nonhazardous workspace, safety gear, and proper training. It also includes warning workers about potential hazards of a job or location. When an employer fails in any of these duties, a burn victim can take the manager, business owner, or property owner to court in New York for negligence.
Personal Injury Cases in New York
New York has a plethora of rules restricting how victims of personal injury accidents can receive compensation. These rules include a statute of limitations of three years after an accident occurs to file a personal injury claim. New York is a comparative negligence state, meaning the judge and jury will look at a victim’s own percentage of fault in deciding how much compensation he or she is entitled to receive. For a burn injury, this is especially important, as negligent parties are likely to argue your own actions contributed to the accident.
Contact Our Queens Burn Injury Attorney
If you sustain a burn injury within your home, don’t assume you’re at fault. It’s very possible a negligent product manufacturer is at the source of your accident. For your best chance at receiving compensation for your injuries, hire a Queens burn injury attorney who understands New York’s complex personal injury laws. Omrani & Taub, P.C., has served the citizens of New York City and beyond for more than 20 years, paying special attention to client needs and satisfaction. We don’t judge our success rate on the dollar amounts of settlements, but on how much our services help injured accident victims. Call the personal injury attorneys at Omrani & Taub for a free case evaluation, (718) 714-1515.