Burn Injury Victims Often Have Many Legal Questions
While personal injury victims in general typically have many questions about their legal rights and options, below are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) specific to burn injury victims.
- Who may be legally responsible for a burn injury?
Well, depending on the circumstances, there are several parties that may be liable. For instance, if your burn injury was the result of a car crash, you may be able to seek damages from the driver and/or their insurance provider. Alternatively, if your burn injury case involves a defective product — such as a faulty smoke detector or appliance — you may be able to sue the product manufacturer or possibly the store that sold you the product. Ultimately, many parties may be responsible, which is why it is always best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
- How long do burn injury victims normally have to bring a claim?
In most cases, the statute of limitations in New York for burn injury negligence cases is three years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file your claim within this time, you will be barred from ever enforcing your legal rights.
- What damages/compensation may be available to burn injury victims?
Depending on the facts of the case, burn injury victims may be able to collect several different forms of damages, including economic damages (medical bills, future medical care, lost wages), noneconomic damages (pain and suffering) and punitive damages — although courts rarely award punitive damages.
- What happens if my burn injury occurred at work?
Even though victims of work-related burn injuries may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits, it is important to speak with an attorney right away, especially since many injured workers may be able to seek damages through a third-party claim. For instance, if a construction worker is injured by a defective propane tank, the manufacturer of the tank may be liable for the injuries.
Get The Legal Guidance You Need Today
The information above is merely a small sampling of burn injury FAQs. If you have any additional questions regarding a possible legal claim following a severe burn injury, please contact the attorneys at Edelman & Edelman, P.C., as soon as possible. You can email us or call us at 212-235-1197. Don’t wait too long to talk to our lawyers, or you may risk not being able to bring your claim at all.