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Many New Yorkers cite crime, traffic, and other dangers as the greatest risks posed by city life. But many fail to realize the vast number of burn injuries sustained in the City every year. According to NYC Health, for several years, unintentional fires and burns were the second-leading cause of death for children aged five through nine in the city. This is a devastating statistic. Negligent landlords, manufacturers of consumer goods, and others must be held accountable for the preventable burns that occur to children. These burns can have devastating consequences for the remained of a victim’s life.

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The experienced burn injury attorneys at Russo Law know how to protect your legal rights. We understand all forms of compensation injury victims are entitled to, and we fight for full and fair settlement offers. When the insurance company refuses to settle, our attorneys know how to litigate a claim effectively in order to prove the value of your claim to a jury. Call us at (917) 675-6553 or contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced New York City burn injury attorney.

The Many Financial Losses Burn Victims Can Sustain

Burns can cause injuries that are both devastating and extensive. The effects of a burn can last a lifetime. They impact victims and their families both emotionally and financially. Here are just some of the many costs that can accrue as the result of a burn injury:

  • Ambulance and paramedic bills
  • Emergency department, physician, and imaging bills
  • Hospital bills for extended inpatient stays
  • Rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.)
  • Consultation fees for medical specialists (such as orthopedics, neurology, pain management, cardiology, internal medicine, and other necessary consultations)
  • All projected future medical expenses that are attributable to the defendant’s negligence
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Compensation for scars and other disfigurements
  • Compensation for pain and suffering. (Burns are an especially painful injury.)

These financial consequences can affect victims and their families for years - or even decades - after a burn occurs. A burn victim might be paralyzed and require full-time nursing care. A burn victim might be unable to return to work full-time or handle the number of work responsibilities that he or she could before the accident. In either case, the victim’s earning potential is often reduced (sometimes permanently) as the result of another person’s negligence. A negligent defendant has a legal obligation to compensate victims for all the financial losses they have incurred as the result of that negligence.

How Are Long-Term Losses Calculated?

Burn victims often have lifelong financial losses which can accrue for many years after their injuries occurred. How is it possible to recover compensation for projected future losses? Many of these losses will not accrue for years after the statute of limitations has passed. To overcome this challenge, personal injury attorneys work with medical and economic experts to determine the value of the losses caused by the defendant’s negligence. Here are some experts who are commonly called upon to testify about the value of a victim’s injury claim:

  • Medical experts (to testify about the exact nature of the victim’s injuries and how these injuries impact the victim’s ability to work)
  • Vocational experts (to testify about the victim’s ability to return to work and new earning capacity)
  • Economic expert (to testify about the change in the victim’s earning capacity, and to calculate the exact value of the wages and employment benefits that have been lost due to the defendant’s negligence).

Other specialized experts might also be required, depending upon the specific nature of a victim’s losses. For example, a victim who has been permanently disabled might now require round-the-clock nursing care. In such a case, the victim’s attorney might need a nursing expert to testify about the type of care the victim requires, as well as a rehabilitation specialist to testify about the progress the victim can and cannot be expected to make with regular therapies. A medical specialist will also likely be required to testify that the injuries are permanent. This example shows just how many experts can be required of a single case. It is important for burn victims to have the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to find credible experts that can effectively persuade a jury.

Other Types of Injuries That Can Occur as the Result of a Burn

Not all burn victims will be permanently disabled. Some will be able to return to work and engage in many of their hobbies and other daily activities. But often, there are still daily reminders of the accident. Many burn victims have lung and respiratory problems for years after a burn occurs. Smoke inhalation and thermal damage to the airways can cause coughing, pain with breathing, and other symptoms. Many burn victims find that their respiration is never quite the same as it was before the accident.

Psychological damage can be just as devastating. Many burn victims are left with physical markers that never go away. Scarring, mottled skin, skin grafts, stitches, and other disfigurements can be a daily reminder of the traumatic accident the victim suffered through. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a burn. When they do, it is important for victims to take care of their mental health in the same way they take care of their physical health.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury, you need the advice of an experienced attorney who will aggressively protect your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Russo Law have decades of experience handling burn cases across New York. We make ourselves available for phone calls and in-person meetings to be sure that you know you can trust us with your claim and your future. Call us at (917) 675-6553 or contact us today to learn more about your legal rights. We fight hard so you can focus on getting better.

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