New Jersey Burn Injury Attorneys
Burn Trauma & Related Injuries in NJ
A serious burn is a life-changing, physically traumatic, and emotionally traumatic event. All of us have sustained minor burns from cooking or other daily activities; a burn over large areas of the body multiplies that pain many times. A burn that causes substantial skin loss can be life threatening because it deprives the body of the organ it needs to regulate temperature and hydration and to keep out diseases. When burns heal, they can cause disfiguring scars that may restrict movement, may require surgical intervention, and will almost certainly change how others react to the victim.
American Burn Association statistics indicate that approximately 40,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for the treatment of serious burns, including 25,000 admitted to specialized burn centers. The association reports that the majority of burns take place in the home and are most often caused by direct contact with flames or scalding liquids.
COMMON CAUSES OF BURN INJURIES
- House fires (often due to cooking and smoking accidents or children playing with fire)
- Defective electrical wiring
- Car or truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Gas or water-heater explosions
- Unreasonably flammable clothing, furniture, and other materials
- Chemical exposure
- Hot water scalding
A serious burn can take years to treat — and the victim may never fully recover. Initially, burn victims may require specialized hospitalization. Later, they may face multiple plastic surgeries or other treatments to return the skin to as normal-looking an appearance and functional an organ as possible. Many victims may also need psychiatric treatment for the trauma of living with disfiguring scars. Medical care surrounding burn treatment is very expensive. When burns were caused by someone else’s careless, reckless, or deliberate behavior, victims have the right to hold them responsible for all of the damage they caused — physical, emotional, and financial.
HELPING VICTIMS OF SERIOUS BURN INJURIES IN NJ
The law firm of Blume Forte can help with your NJ burn injury case. Since 1929, we’ve helped thousands of New Jersey residents secure financial compensation for very serious injuries or wrongful deaths. In just our last five years of practice, we’ve obtained in excess of $320 million in settlements and verdicts. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with the complex medical and financial issues surrounding a serious injury, and many have special certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Lawyers. With four offices throughout northern and central New Jersey, and a physician on staff, we can draw on substantial resources to pursue your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Burn Injuries
At Blume Forte, our lawyers work on a contingency basis. We will only collect fees if compensation is recovered from your case. The fee amount will be a percentage of what you were awarded for your injuries. We also offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. During the consultation, we can discuss in greater detail the fees and costs associated with hiring an attorney.
Regardless of how severe the burn injury is you should always seek medical attention right after. It’s important to have proof of what caused your injuries. Documenting your injuries and any pain and suffering you endured will help during the trial later on. Contact an experienced burn injury attorney to discuss if someone can be held reliable for your injuries and if negligence was involved.
A burn injury case depends on the extent of the damages you’ve suffered. Burn injuries can disrupt a person’s entire life. There are different kinds of damages that will affect how much your case will be awarded. Economic damages:
– loss of wages
– medical expenses
– lost earning capacity
– pain and suffering
– emotional distress
Punitive damages can also be awarded depending on how negligent the defendant was. For the most accurate estimate of your case contact a knowledgeable burn injury attorney to discuss your case.