BROOKLYN BURN INJURY ATTORNEY Helping Victims of Burn Injury Accidents Of the many types of injuries in the workplace, the home and in car accident or tourist accidents, a burn injury is often the worst of all. A burn may be caused by heat; fuels, such as gasoline or kerosene; fire; electricity; live steam; or dangerous chemicals. Many sustain serious burns in a car crash due to airbag inflation or an engine fire. Depending on the seriousness of the burn, shock, infection or even death can occur. Because these injuries are often serious, medical expenses and rehabilitation are often very costly, not to mention the loss of wages and pain and suffering. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you have the right to pursue compensation through a settlement or lawsuit. NY Burn Injury Lawyer Paul Oliveri and his dedicated team at Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. are prepared to fight hard for your rights while providing compassionate support. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island and accept cases throughout New York. Investigating Your Claims Smoke inhalation and burns merit serious attention. If we accept your case, we will begin a thorough investigation immediately, requesting police reports, police photographs, fire department reports, building department records, public violations records, ambulance records, emergency room, hospital and doctor records. Often, only an attorney can obtain the Fire Marshal’s report, and that report is often crucial to a successful case because it may contain key conclusions about the cause of the fire. Where necessary, we also retain expert investigators and accident reconstruction experts to provide trial testimony and analyses on the cause of the fire. Damages Due to Third Party Negligence Many burn injuries occur in the workplace as a result of third-party negligence — a defective part in high-voltage equipment, improper maintenance or a careless contractor. As an experienced NYC burn injury law firm, we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Consequences of Serious Burn Injuries When skin is severely burned, scar tissue is formed. This burn scar tissue loses many normal characteristics because of the severe scaring. Loss of Ability to Regrow: When the skin suffers third degree burn injuries, it may lose its ability to regrow. In that event the surgeon will transplant undamaged skin from another part of the body to the damaged area. Modern medicine has also developed artificial skin or skin grown in laboratories to cover severely burned areas of the body. Loss of Elasticity: Skin normally has a wonderful characteristic of elasticity. Loss of elasticity is a consequence of burn scar tissue. Loss of Sense of Touch: Normally we rely on our sense of touch to tell when objects are hot or cold. Loss of sense of touch is a consequence of severely burned and scared skin tissue. Loss of Ability to Perspire: One way the body acts to stay cool is to perspire. Perspiring brings the fluid to the skin surface, so the fluid can evaporate and we then feel cooler. Perspiration also helps the body eliminate waste. A seriously burned victim’s skin may not perspire normally as the quality and ability of the skin tissue has been compromised. This loss of ability to perspire means that the body’s own way of cooling itself can no longer function. Need for Protection from Weather: Severely burned skin, even after healing, must be permanently protected from the sun and weather elements. Risk of Infection: Dead Skin (called eschar) needs to be remove to make a clean, raw place for skin grafting or new skin to grow. This is called debridement. Debridement is necessary to help prevent infection since dead tissue from burns is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Do You Have a Serious Burn Injury Case? Burns may cause devastating, life altering, debilitating, burn injuries, and even death. Repeated surgeries for skin grafts may be required with painful recovery. Because there are so many ways a person can become burned, it is impossible to state in general if there is liability and impossible to specify under what circumstances there might be liability. Whenever a person is severely burned anywhere in NYC, including Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island or any of the surrounding areas, they or their family members should seek legal counsel. To schedule a free initial consultation with NY Burn Injuries Lawyer Paul Oliveri and the team at Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. call 1 (800) 427-9546. Contact us today and get back on track and on with your life.