Burn Injuries from a Legal Perspective

When you suffer from serious burn injuries, you face hospitalization, possible disfigurement and future surgeries. Such injuries often result in loss of income, not to mention that extensive medical care can be very costly.

If you suffered serious burns as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for damages. Your attorney would have to prove negligence on the part of the party that caused the accident or incident that resulted in your injury.

In the State of New York, a burn injury case falls under negligence law, and your deadline for filing a lawsuit would in most cases be three years. However, circumstances vary, especially if the case is being brought against a municipality or government agency. In that case, you would only have a few months to file a lawsuit. It is wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Facts and Statistics About Burn Injuries

Depending on the burn severity, multiple skin layers may be affected. A fourth degree burn (the most severe degree of burn) can even damage bones, tendons and muscle.

According to the American Burn Association, there were an estimated 486,000 burn injuries in the United States in 2016. Federal surveys that contained hospital admissions and emergency room visits were the sources used to determine the estimate.

Hospitalizations of burn victims average around 40,000 people a year and this number includes 30,000 people receiving treatment in burn centers.

What Types of Accidents Can Lead to Burn Injuries?

A fire is the most common and the first type of accident than comes to mind, but other types of accidents can also result in serious burn injuries, such as:

  • Car accidents with burning vehicles
  • Explosions
  • Contact with flames, hot liquids and hot surfaces
  • Chemical spills
  • Electrical burns

If your burn injury resulted from an accident caused by someone else, find out about your legal rights. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries and whether grounds exist for pursuing a lawsuit.