Burn Injury Lawyers on Staten Island
Our burn injury lawyers on Staten Island represent victims and their families in insurance claims and lawsuits. We believe victims should not have to pay for expenses and losses that arise from injuries they did not cause. If someone else’s carelessness or recklessness caused your burn injuries, we may be able to help you recover compensation to pay for your medical care and other costs.
Discuss your legal options with our Shulman & Hill team serving Staten Island for free today. We provide complimentary initial consultations for burn injury victims and their families. Our team will answer your questions and ensure you understand how we can help you get justice and recover compensation.
Our Staten Island Burn Injury Lawyers Help Clients Recover Fair Compensation
At Shulman & Hill, our attorneys understand how burn injuries occur and who is often legally responsible for them. We want to help victims hold the careless or reckless party accountable and get the financial compensation they deserve.
Each burn victim has unique injuries, treatments, and other expenses and losses. This means no two cases are the same. There is no way to determine an average payout or estimate how much a case might be worth based on other similar cases.
However, many victims suffer the same types of damages and losses. They include:
- Emergency transportation from the scene, such as an ambulance or medevac
- Medical bills and related care costs, current and future
- Ongoing care and support expenses
- Lost income while undergoing treatment and healing
- Diminished earning capacity for lasting injuries
We also represent families who lost a loved one to burn injuries or related complications. These families may be able to file a wrongful death action and recover compensation. We will discuss your next steps with you today.
Identifying the At-Fault Party in a Staten Island Burn Injury Case
In many cases, fires, crashes, and other incidents that lead to serious burn injuries occur because of someone else’s careless or reckless actions. Burns commonly occur because of traffic accidents, fires, chemical exposure, electrocution, and scalds. The circumstances and case facts determine who is liable.
Our attorneys know how to determine the at-fault party. We understand how liability works and how to build a compelling case to recover compensation for our clients. Consider liability in the following circumstances:
Fires and Electrocutions
The property owner or occupier is often legally responsible when burns occur because of fires, hot surfaces, spills, and electrocutions. Many fire codes require some property owners to take steps to prevent fires, help guests and customers escape fires, and limit the risk of serious injuries. This could include:
- Installing sprinkler systems
- Installing smoke alarms
- Clearly marking fire exits
- Ensuring fire exits are unblocked and unlocked
- Having fire extinguishers
- Evaluating fire and electrocution hazards regularly
- Ensuring property maintenance of their fire safety tools
Business owners also have liability when their workers act carelessly and cause injuries. This often applies in circumstances when an employee spills scalding liquid, causes a fire, or fails to safeguard others from electrocution hazards.
Some workers are at an increased risk of burn injuries based on their job and related tasks. You likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffer an injury at work. Additional compensation might be available. While you cannot sue your employer or a coworker, third parties often cause workplace injuries. Our team can review your case to determine if you might have a viable third-party case.
Our firm handles both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. This is a significant benefit to clients hurt at work. They do not have to hire two different lawyers and worry about cooperation and sharing evidence. Instead, our team handles both cases in one seamless effort.
Defective Product Injuries
Defective products can cause burns, fires, and electrocution injuries. This is most common with power tools, appliances, and products with certain types of batteries. However, it could occur with many types of products. The designer, manufacturer, or distributor of the defective product is the most likely liable party.
Fires can occur after traffic accidents or commercial truck collisions, leaving victims with serious injuries. Our attorneys know how to show the severity of injuries and pursue damages in these cases. We regularly handle Staten Island traffic accident cases and hold the at-fault driver accountable.
Shulman & Hill Fights for the Best Interests of Staten Island Burn Injury Victims
Shulman & Hill has won more than $300 million for clients who suffered injuries because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness. As New York’s premier personal injury law firm, we can handle even the most challenging cases. We will review your options and may handle the next steps regardless of the difficulty or complexity.
We are a contingency fee firm. We do not ask clients to pay any upfront payments. There are no retainers for burn injury victims. Instead, we get paid from the financial recovery we secure for the client. We do not get paid unless they do.
When it comes to burn injuries, we understand how difficult it can be to pay for the necessary care and out-of-pocket costs and sustain income losses simultaneously. Serious burn injuries require extensive treatment, often including intensive care or a long-term inpatient stay in a burn center.
Burn Treatment and Recovery Often Takes Months or Years
With significant burns, inpatient care in a burn center is just the beginning of ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. Inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient care are common. Often, victims must heal for several months before they can undergo additional procedures to reduce significant scarring.
Even treatment in a specialized burn center is often insufficient to prevent all lasting injuries. Beyond scarring that affects appearance, burns can cause a limited range of motion, lost limbs, and other ongoing impairments. Many people cannot return to their previous careers or activities after serious burn injuries.
It is imperative to remember these ongoing and future care needs and limitations when considering the value of an insurance claim or lawsuit. Our attorneys know how to estimate and document future care costs to prevent you from paying these costs out of your pocket when the time comes.
Building a Case Against the Liable Party and Recovering Compensation
When we identify a liable party, we generally have two ways to approach recovering compensation for our client. This includes negotiating a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier or taking the case to trial and asking the jury to award fair compensation.
While we approach each case based on its unique circumstances, we often file an insurance claim and civil suit concurrently. This allows us to prepare for trial while we continue negotiating with the insurer and seeking an out-of-court settlement. Few cases go to trial, but we want to ensure we can move forward with getting our client’s case on the docket as soon as possible if necessary.
We investigate what happened and gather evidence that supports our claim or lawsuit. The evidence in these cases could include:
- The police accident report for a collision
- Any official reports about a fire from firefighters or investigators
- Photos or video of the incident
- A fire or accident scene survey
- Fire reconstruction
- Physical evidence
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Expert testimony about the victim’s prognosis and future care expenses
- The victim’s related medical records
- Documentation of damages, including medical bills, income documents, receipts, and more
We use the evidence in the case to show how the at-fault party caused the incident that led to our client’s burn injuries.
Discuss Your Next Steps With Our Staten Island Burn Injury Team
Shulman & Hill provides free case consultations for burn victims on Staten Island. Our team will assess your case, offer guidance and advice, and explain the steps our lawyer will take to help you recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other expenses. We are here for you. You do not have to fight this fight on your own.
Call us at 866.932.5558 or contact us online to get started with your free case review today.
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