Each year, nearly 450,000 people in the United States need medical treatment for burn injuries. If you are the victim of an accident that has been caused through the negligence of another party in Queens or the surrounding area, the injury attorneys at The Cassisi Law Firm may be able to assist you. We have extensive experience assisting victims with pursuing the compensation that they need to alleviate the financial burdens caused by their harm. Many of our clients have come from the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.Common Causes of Burn Injuries
The majority of accidents involving burns occur in the home, but many occur in workplaces, and still others result from motor vehicle accidents, recreational activities, or other sources. There are many types of these injuries, including scalding, electrical burns, friction burns, radiation exposure, and contact with caustic chemicals.
First-degree burns only burn the top layer of skin and may cause relatively temporary harm. Second-degree burns reach the second layer of skin, often blistering and leaving a scar. Third-degree burns injure all the skin layers, as well as tissue and other areas below the skin, and often require substantial medical treatment. Skin grafts and surgeries unfortunately may result.Assert Your Right to Compensation
When the negligence of another party is involved in causing a burn injury, the accident victim may be able to obtain damages from that party, known as the defendant. A cause of action for negligence can be brought when the defendant owed a duty of care to the injured person, the defendant breached that duty with some careless conduct, the victim was hurt as a result of the breach, and quantifiable damages arose from the harm. Each of these elements must be shown by the injured person to be more likely than not to be true. In most but not all situations, the duty of care is defined as how a reasonable person would behave in similar circumstances to the defendant. A breach thus consists of conduct that falls short of this standard.
Burns can cause lasting physical and emotional harm to a victim, since they tend to be very painful and often have an effect on a person’s physical appearance. Consequently, damages for these injuries can include a broad range of costs and losses. Accident victims typically seek reimbursement for economic damages like medical bills, lost wages, and the costs of future treatment as well as non-economic, more subjective forms of compensation, such as pain and suffering or scarring and disfigurement.
In some cases, an injured person may be partly at fault for causing his or her own harm. When this happens, however, the New York rule of comparative negligence allows a victim to receive a reduced compensation award. The amount of damages that are available will be proportional to the degree of fault that any defendant found liable bore in causing the injuries.Discuss Your Options after a Serious Injury with a Queens Attorney
There is a limited time period of three years in which to bring a case when you have been hurt because someone else has acted carelessly. Moreover, critical evidence can decay or disappear with time, affecting the strength of your claim. Queens residents should not hesitate to protect their rights by contacting the accident lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm at (718) 441-5050, or by using our online form to set up a free consultation to find out how we can help you.