NYC Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries can range from relatively mild to catastrophic, in which case they can be one of the most devastating things you can experience. The physical, emotional and social impacts can cause great upheaval in your life and recovery may take a long time. Medical care for such a condition can be incredibly expensive, requiring ongoing attention and sometimes multiple surgeries and painful rehabilitation programs. These activities in themselves also interrupt your life and personal and professional endeavors.

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Types of Burn Injuries

There are four degrees of burns: first through fourth. Any of these can be acquired from sunlight radiation, chemicals, electricity, heat exposure, building fires or scalding hot water. These are some of the most common situations that result in burn injuries. According to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, burns can result in blistering, scarring shock and death – depending on the severity.

You can easily develop infections. Because of this, it may be wise to treat burns with antibiotic creams, etc. In many cases, third-degree burns may be repaired by synthetic skin grafts. A skin graft covers the exposed tissue and helps your body heal by growing new skin. Usually, first and second-degree burns heal without the aid of a skin graft.

Chemical Burns

A chemical burn is a specific type of burn injury. In short, a chemical burn is any damage caused to the body’s tissue that ranges from slight irrigation to severing and damaging. When the skin is exposed to a chemical, it may become burned by the substance or its fumes.

Many chemical burns happen at school, work or at home every year. Although a relatively small number of people are killed by chemical burns in the United Sates annually, chemical burns are still a threat to the health and safety of people across the nation, and a substantial number of individuals are badly injured by these types of burns every year.

Treatment for Chemical Burn Injury

Many chemical burns heal without medical attention. If you have suffered a chemical burn, go to your doctor and make sure that you do not need further medical attention. In extreme cases, patients may need to be admitted to the hospital. These visits can become expensive. If you’ve been burned, you’re probably wondering how you will pay for your medical bill and other expenses.

Electrical Burns

Have you suffered an electrical burn? Getting hurt is never easy. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people require medical attention after suffering a burn injury in the United States every year. Electrical burns are especially dangerous because they may not appear severe. Sometimes, these types of burns are invisible on the surface of the victim’s skin. Because of the unique nature of electrical burns, the extent of tissue damage beneath the skin may be difficult to determine without the aid of a doctor.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Because electrical burns are so dangerous, doctors recommend that specific first-aid medical actions be taken to help victims. After calling for medical assistance, do not touch a victim of an electrical burn; he/she may still be near the electrical source or in contact with it. If this is the case, touching the victim may pass the electrical current along to you. If possible, identify the source of the electrical current and disable it. If you are unable to turn off the electrical current, move it away from you and the victim. Use a dry, non-conductive object made out of cardboard, wood or plastic to move the source safely.

Next, check for signs of circulation. This includes breathing, coughing or any source of movement. If you cannot detect any signs of circulation, you may need to begin CPR immediately. In order to prevent the victim from going into shock, lay him/her down. The victim’s head should be slightly lower than his/her torso and the legs should be elevated. If you can visually identify any severe burns, cover them with a sterile bandage. If no gauze is available, a clean piece of fabric may suffice. Avoid using towels or blankets – these types of fabrics may shed loose fibers into the injury.

Types of Electrical Burns

There are several types of electrical burns:

  • Low Voltage
  • High voltage
  • Arc Burns
  • Flash Burns
  • Oral Burns

Low voltage burns are the result of physical contact with a power source of 500 volts or less. Tissue damage will only result at the place of contact; low voltage burns are not strong enough to cause tissue damage anywhere else. On the other hand, high-voltage burns can cause extensive damage. If the electrical current is strong enough that the current runs through the victim’s entire body, it is considered a high voltage burn. Arc burns occur when electricity travels from a high resistance area to a low resistance area and strikes the victim. The force of an arc burn may throw the victim and cause extensive injuries.

Flash burns are the result of high-energy electrical bursts passing over the individual’s skin. They are caused surface damage, but the heat from a flash burn may cause severe scarring and tissue damage under certain circumstances. Oral burns are usually suffered by young children. They are caused by the victim biting or sucking on an electrical cord or wire. Typically, the electrical current travels from one side of the victim’s mouth to the other and may cause severe damage. In extreme cases, oral electrical injuries leave the victim with scars.

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Burns Caused by Fire in NYC

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a fire, talk to a burn injury lawyer from our office right away; we want to help. In 2009, someone in the United States was injured by a fire every 31 minutes. More than 380,000 people in the United States suffer a burn injury annually. These results may surprise you, especially since many fires can be prevented.

Preventing Fires and Burn Injuries

According to the National Business on Group Health, fires and explosions account for about 3% of the 4,340 work-related fatalities suffered by Americans in 2009. About 80% of burn injuries involve damage suffered by the victim’s hand. According to some, burn injuries can be one of the worst types of pain. Additionally, even if your hands are not imperative to your physical survival, many people need their hands at work. Burn injuries can be devastating to not only your physical health, but your job, emotional health and well-being, too.

There are a variety of precautions employers can take to ensure the safety of their employees. To begin with, employers should promote safe habits, burn prevention and fire safety awareness in the workplace. The most important thing an employer can do is provide a safe, fire hazard-free work environment. This can be achieved by:

  • Making sure that work facilities have functioning smoke alarms
  • Training employees on how to use fire safety equipment
  • Offering employees first aid classes
  • Keeping workers aware of high-risk circumstances

If your employer fails to provide a safe work environment, you may suffer an injury. If you are hurt in a fire at work that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to collect financial compensation for your suffering, medical bills and missed wages. In order to collect money for an injury, you must be able to demonstrate that someone else was careless or negligent and that their negligence caused your injury.

Types of Fire-Related Burns

Fire burn injuries involve damage to your body’s tissue. These types of burns falling to one of three categories: first, second or third-degree burns. First degree burns only damage the skin; second-degree burns damage the skin and layer beneath the skin (epidermis), and third-degree burns involve deep damage to the skin and tissue underneath. Burns can be treated in a variety of ways. If you have been hurt severely, you may require a skin graft.

Because fire burn injuries destroy the protective layer of skin covering the body’s tissue, burn injuries are especially susceptible to infection. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need special medical attention in a burn treatment center. If you are concerned about paying your medical bills after a burn-related injury, talk to lawyer from our firm. We can help you understand your legal rights and get you the financial compensation you may be entitled to.

Scalding Water Burns

Although burn injuries are usually associated with fire, scalding water can cause result in severe injuries as well. If you were burned in a scalding water accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to damages for your suffering.

How do scalding water burns occur?

Simply put, a hot water burn is any injury to the flesh caused by moist heat. This includes vapors such as steam, but generally refers to extremely hot water. In most cases, scald burns are more severe than other types of burn injuries – such as fire burns or electrical burns. According to medical research, dry heat tends to damage bodily tissue less severely than moist heat, making scalding water burns one of the most severe forms of burn injury Hot water scalding ranges from moderate to extreme.

Even less extreme scalding cases involve blistering and other side effects. In the United States, tap water scald injuries are the second most common cause of serious burn injuries suffered by individuals in all age groups. Annually, about 112,000 people are treated for scalding water injuries in ERs across the nation; approximately 6% of these instances result in expensive hospital stays.

Although hot water is useful in many situations (such as in dishwashers and for industrial purposes), extremely hot tap water can cause severe burning in just 10 seconds. Although minor scalds can be treated with ice water, more serious injuries should be treated at a hospital or burn treatment center. About half of the burn injuries treated in the United States are handled at specialized facilities designed to help burn victims.

Preventing Scalding Water Burns

There are a variety of ways to prevent scalding water burns. In most states, water heaters are not supposed to be heated about 120 degrees. To prevent a serious, hot water injury, make sure that you keep your hot water at this temperature. Some consumers attempt to turn their water heaters to higher temperatures; this is extremely dangerous. If you move into a new house or apartment, make sure that the water heater temperature is at a reasonable level. If it isn’t, talk to your landlord or contact your local health department to make sure that the water heater is safe to use.

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Degrees of Burn Injuries

There are three degrees of burn injuries: first degree, second degree, and third degree. In extreme cases, burn victims may suffer fourth-degree burn injuries. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 burn victims are treated in emergency rooms, hospitals and burn treatment centers across the nation every year. If you are one of them and you believe that someone else is responsible for your accident, contacting a lawyer from our firm may be wise.

  • First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of the victim’s skin. Typically, first degree burns are visible. If you have suffered a first-degree burn, the affected area may become reddened, swollen and experience pain. Generally speaking, treating first degree burns is not difficult unless a significant portion of the victim’s hands, face, feet or major joint has been injured. Unless one of these areas has been affected, the burn probably won’t require emergency attention.
  • Second-degree burns are more severe than first degree burns, but less damaging third-degree burns. Second-degree burns affect the victim’s outer layer of skin and the dermis – the second layer of skin. The affected area usually blisters and turns red. It may become splotchy, swollen and extremely painful. If the burn is small and concentrated, it may be treated as a minor injury. If it covers a larger area of the victim’s body, medical attention may be required.
  • Third-degree burns affect all layers of the skin and may cause permanent damage to the victim’s tissue. In extreme cases, fat, muscle and bones are affected. Third and fourth-degree burns are considered major burns and should be treated by a medical professional immediately. Very severe burns may appear charred, with some areas of the injury turning white. The victim may have difficulty breathing if he/she has suffered from smoke inhalation.

First Aid for Burn Injuries

The severity of the burn determines what kind of first aid should be administered. For minor burns (first-degree burns or small second degree burns), placing the affected area under cool water may be wise. A cold compress may also suffice. Avoid covering the injury with fluffy cotton materials; use a sterile gauze bandage instead. Minor burn victims may take over-the-counter pain relievers after a minor burn. Never apply ointment, egg whites or butter to a burn injury.

Major burns are extremely serious. After calling 911, check for signs of circulation – if you cannot detect breathing, coughing or movement, CPR may be necessary. Do not remove burned clothing; do not immerse large or severe burns in cold water. This may cause the victim to go into shock. Try to elevate the injury or injuries above the victim’s heart level. Additionally, you may want to cover the burn area with a cool, moist and sterile bandage.

New York City Burn Injury Lawyer

At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we know that a successful burn injury claim or lawsuit starts with the right lawyer. Our team has served clients for more than 75 collective years. Together, we have recovered more than $200 in case settlements for personal injury victims. Let us put our experience to work for your case. If you have questions about the legal process, are concerned about the legitimacy of your case, or simply want to see if Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., is the right firm for you, feel free to contact us. Our New York City burn injury lawyers are here to help you, so call our office today.

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