Fire and burn injuries tend to be some of the most debilitating and painful injuries that an individual can suffer. Even a seemingly mild burn can cause significant discomfort. Severe burns that affect substantial portions of the body can also compromise delicate systems and cause damage to the internal organs that an individual’s healthy skin is designed to protect. Although a burn injury may occur simply because of an accident, other times, they are the result of the negligent, reckless or careless acts of another individual or entity. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
If you or your loved one sustained a fire or burn injury as a result of another’s negligent or careless actions, it is important that you contact Parker Waichman LLP right away by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case.
New Jersey Fire and Burn Injuries
Fire and burn injuries can be extremely painful and as mentioned above even a mild or a minor burn can cause extreme discomfort. These types of catastrophic injuries are caused by a variation of incidents and accidents. External burn injuries occur when an individual’s skin is exposed to a source of heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. But an individual can also suffer internal burns through electrocution, ingesting chemicals, or by inhaling superheated liquids or gases. While fires cause the majority of burn injuries, you can also sustain a burn injury from radiation in an X-ray accident, electrical currents, steam or hot liquid, hot ovens or irons, ultraviolet light or sunlight, abuse, chemicals like lye or strong acid, and hot glass, metal or other objects.
Burns are typically classified based on the type and amount of damage that they cause to an individual’s skin tissues, as well as to the bones, muscles, and blood vessels. The level or category of burn helps to determine the treatment that might be required and to what extent, and it predicts whether the victim will recover functionality. For instance, victims who sustain third-degree or fourth-degree burns might need an extensive skin graft and reconstructive surgeries. But even if a victim receives quality medical care, they can still suffer lasting numbness or pain and permanent disabilities.
If you have sustained a burn injury, your doctor or health care provider will likely diagnose your burn as falling under one of the following categories:
First Degree Burn. First degree burns are considered minor, and they usually affect the outer layer of skin, also known as the epidermis. These burns can be painful, and redness can occur, but they also typically heal within a few days or weeks after some in-home first aid care.
Second Degree Burn. Second-degree burns are more serious than first degree burns and usually damage both the epidermis and the dermis, which is the layer of living tissue under the epidermis that makes up real skin. These types of burns can result in scarring and blisters.
Third Degree Burn. Burns that penetrate the skin’s outer layers and cause damage to the fat that lies under the dermis are typically considered third-degree burns. Third-degree burns can cause numbness and destroy nerves.
Fourth Degree Burn. Fourth-degree burns are considered the most severe. When an individual sustains a fourth-degree burn, the muscles and bones are usually damaged. Since a victim can also suffer significant nerve damage from a fourth-degree burn, often these types of burns do not cause any pain.
If you’ve sustained a fire or burn injury and you think it was caused by the negligent actions of another, you might be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages. At Parker Waichman LLP, our New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers will take the time to review your burn injury case and help you determine whether you have a viable claim for damages. Call us today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) and find out what we can do for you.
Responsible Parties in a New Jersey Burn Injury Case
Determining who may be responsible for your fire or burn injury typically depends on a variety of factors including how and where the burn occurred. An experienced New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer can assist you with the investigation of your claim and help to determine who is responsible for your injuries and other damages. Some of the responsible parties in a fire and burn injury case might include:
Landlord or Property Owner. Landlords usually are required to make sure that their buildings are maintained properly and that they are up to code, including fire codes. Landlords must also take steps to keep their tenants safe by ensuring that windows and doors are unobstructed, and that fire escapes and other accessible escape routes are maintained.
Product Manufacturer. Sometimes defective products such as curling irons, space heaters, or grills can cause burn injuries, and in some instances, these products may even catch fire and explode. Under these circumstances, a product manufacturer may be liable given that they have a responsibility to make sure that their products are trustworthy for use by consumers and that they do not pose any potential or foreseeable hazards.
Corporation. A company might be liable for a fire or burn accident if it happened as a result of inadequate safety precautions or safety violations that were not enforced. Poor employee training, an unsafe workplace, and improper storage or labeling of chemicals can all cause or contribute to a company’s liability in a fire or burn accident.
Other Negligent Individuals. A single individual or a group of people may be held liable for burn injuries if their negligent or careless actions or behavior caused or contributed to a fire or burn injury.
Filing a Fire and Burn Injury Lawsuit
If you have sustained a fire or burn injury, it is important to seek medical treatment right away. But after you’ve received treatment, you may have questions about what your next steps should be. If you think that your burn injury was the result of the negligent or careless actions of another individual or entity, you should consider consulting with an experienced New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer. At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers understand how to handle these types of cases, and they can lead you through the legal process and advise you of your legal options. If you choose to hire Parker Waichman LLP to take on your burn injury case you can expect your legal team to begin building and establishing your case so that you can recover the compensation you need and deserve.
One of the first actions your lawyer will take upon accepting your case is to conduct a thorough investigation. Some of the evidence that will be necessary for building your case can include medical records, witness statements, any pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, a police report if it was filed, expert witness reports, employment and/or safety records and logs. Fire and burn injury cases can be complicated, so the more evidence that can be gathered that is relevant and helpful to your burn injury case, the better your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.
In some cases, either during the investigation process or after a claim has been filed, an attempt at settlement negotiations may be made. Many defendants, or individuals against whom you are seeking damages, will attempt to do this to avoid trial expenses. At Parker Waichman LLP, we are usually willing to sit down at the negotiating table and/or accept a settlement offer if it is fair and in your best interests.
If both sides are unable to reach a fair settlement, the case may proceed to trial. Fortunately, our lawyers have extensive trial experience, and they will advocate for your rights and interests to help you recover damages to the fullest extent possible.
Compensation in a Fire and Burn Injury Case
If your case settles or you obtain a successful verdict at trial, you may recover compensation for your fire or burn injury including:
- Medical Expenses. You may be entitled to damages for any past, current, and future medical expenses that are related to your injury.
- Lost Wages. You may also be qualified to recover monetary compensation for lost wages or lost earning capacity as a result of your fire or burn injury.
Other damages might include pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and punitive damages.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Fire and Burn Injury Lawsuits in New Jersey
Q: Who might be able to file a lawsuit if they sustain a fire or burn injury?
A: If you have been severely burned due to the negligent or careless actions of another individual or entity, you could be qualified to file a lawsuit for damages. Perhaps another individual was involved in some careless activity that started a fire, or maybe they were handling a dangerous chemical in a hazardous manner, and these actions were the cause of a burn injury and other damages. In other instances, product malfunctions, hot liquids or materials, and electrical glitches can also cause burn injuries. As long as the negligent or careless actions of an individual or entity were the cause of your injury and other damages, then you will likely have grounds for a lawsuit.
Q: If I decide to file a burn injury lawsuit, then who is liable for my burn injury and other damages?
A: Who is responsible for a burn injury usually depends on the facts and circumstances of the accident or incident. Those who might be liable for your injuries can include product manufacturers, landlords, tenants, and property or homeowners, governmental agencies or entities, employers or fellow employees, or even a cosmetologist who might misapply dye chemicals to a customer’s hair and scalp causing severe chemical burns. If any of these individuals or entities are found to be negligent, they can be held liable for burn injuries and other damages.
Q: What should I do if I have been involved in a fire and burn injury accident?
A: If you’ve been in an accident that has caused a fire or burn injury, it is important that you seek medical attention right away, particularly if the burn is severe. It is also important to investigate the fire or other burn-causing incidents as soon as possible. In many instances, substantial property damage accompanies a burn injury, so the property should be investigated thoroughly and quickly to determine what might have caused the fire and whether an individual or entity was responsible for the accident.
Q: Will expert witnesses be required to prove liability and damages in my burn injury case?
A: In many fire and burn injury cases, it will be necessary to retain expert witnesses. Even if your injuries are obvious, you still need to establish that someone else’s negligent or careless actions were the cause of the fire or another incident that resulted in your burn injuries. Often, some different experts in different areas of specialization are needed to establish a case.
Q: What types of damages might I be able to recover in my fire and burn injury case?
A: Some of the damages that you might be entitled to in a fire and burn injury case include compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. Noneconomic damages might include compensation for pain and suffering. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you might also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are those that are intended to punish the defendant for engaging in particularly negligent or outrageous conduct.
Q: Is there a time frame in which I should file a fire and burn injury lawsuit?
A: Every state has different laws that govern deadlines for filing different types of lawsuits. These laws are also known as statutes of limitation. In New Jersey, the statute of limitation for filing a fire and burn injury case, or another personal injury case for that matter, is typically two years from the date of the accident or injury, meaning you have two years to file a lawsuit. However, it is necessary to note that depending on the circumstances of your case, the deadline may be shorter or longer. Accordingly, it is essential to confer with an experienced New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer as quickly as you are able because if you fail to file by your particular deadline, you risk losing your right to compensation.
Q: If I’ve sustained fire or burn injuries, should I hire a lawyer to represent me?
A: Whether or not you should hire a lawyer to take on your case will depend on the particular facts, situations, and circumstances of your case. If you think your burn injuries were produced by the negligent or careless actions of another, you should seriously consider hiring a lawyer who has experience handling fire and burn injury cases. A knowledgeable and skilled attorney will know the ins and outs of the legal process, will understand the law, know the types of expert witnesses that might be necessary, and can help you obtain the compensation you need and are legally owed.
Q: How much will it cost to hire a lawyer to take on my fire and burn injury case?
A: In New Jersey, most lawyers take personal injury cases on what is known as a contingency fee basis. What this means is that if a lawyer takes on your case, you do not have to pay them any fees unless or until you obtain a favorable settlement or successful verdict at trial. If you are successful, then your lawyer will be entitled to a percentage of the total amount recovered. If you are not successful, your lawyer will not get paid. However, you may still be responsible for some expenses like court filing fees.
Why Choose Parker Waichman LLP for Your Case?
At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers have many years of experience helping clients who have suffered from fire and burn injuries. Burn injury cases can be somewhat complex given that there might be multiple causes, or more than one party could be liable for the victim’s injuries and other damages. The compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP have successfully helped many fire and burn injury victims with their cases, and many clients have obtained the compensation they deserve.
The lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP have earned a reputation for achieving favorable results and have, in fact, recovered over the years an amount totaling one billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Also, Parker Waichman LLP has received a number of different recognitions due to our determination and hard work.
Some of these recognitions include:
- A listing in Extensive Peer Review’s Best Lawyers Publication
- Recognition as “Preeminent Lawyers” by the AV Peer Review Rating
- Lawdragon’s highest ranking of “5 Dragons” based on peer review
- An AVVO.com rating of 9.8 out of a perfect 10
If you think that Parker Waichman LLP is the right firm to take on your burn injury case, you can rest assured that a dedicated and skilled lawyer will be a zealous advocate for you and your interests and rights. Moreover, your lawyer will work hard to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages to the fullest extent possible.
Fire and burn injuries can range from mild to severe, but no matter what the process involved in a burn injury lawsuit can be complicated. Accordingly, if you or your loved one suffered from a fire or burn injury due to the negligent acts of an individual or entity, it is important that you consult with an experienced New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer who can help you with recovering the damages you might be entitled to. Call Parker Waichman LLP today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case.
Talk With One Of Our New Jersey Fire And Burn Injury Lawyers Today
Fire and burn injuries can be remarkably agonizing and debilitating. As mentioned above, even a minor burn injury can be painful and uncomfortable, but more severe burns can result in lasting damage, pain, and in some instances, a severe burn can be fatal. At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers have many years of experience helping clients who have suffered from fire and burn injuries. Fire and burn injuries can happen as a result of a variety of negligent or careless actions of another individual or entity. When this occurs, you may be qualified to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers are knowledgeable and dedicated, and they can help you with your fire and burn injury lawsuit which is often a complicated process. Our lawyers will also work hard to make sure you obtain the damages you need and deserve.
If you have suffered a fire or burn injury, it is imperative that you contact one of the experienced New Jersey Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529). You may also fill out our website’s contact form online to schedule your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation.
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