At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we believe that people should be held responsible for their careless, rash and irresponsible actions. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping people like you get the financial compensation they may deserve for their accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a fire, talk 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.
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:
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.
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.
Not sure if you have a case? Talk to us anyway! We are more than ready to answer your questions and help you understand whether or not your personal injury case should be taken to court. Call our office today and schedule a free case evaluation. The sooner we hear from you the fast we can begin constructing a strategic technique to get you the settlement or jury award that you need. With the New York city personal injury attorneys from our firm on your side, you can rest assured that your burn injury case is in good hands. Contact us today!