Burn Injuries, Fires & Explosions

The third leading cause of unintentional death is burn injuries. According to the United States Fire Administration, approximately 1.25 million burn injury cases are reported in America each year. Of those, 4,000 die from sustained injuries, and 10,000 die from burn-related infections.

The physical, emotional, and financial damages that victims of burn injuries suffer can be overwhelming. Burn injury victims may be entitled to compensation for any of this pain and damage that is caused by the negligence of another party or a defective product. Victims from Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx can find experienced burn injury attorneys who fight for their rights at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law. For over 60 years, our burn injury attorneys have helped numerous victims seek the just compensation they deserve. If you or your loved one has experienced burn injuries from explosions or electrocutions, contact our reputable burn injury attorneys for a confidential case evaluation.

  • Burn Injuries
  • Effects of Burn Injury
  • Burn Injuries from Car Explosions
  • Burn Injuries from Chemical / Gas / Electrical Explosions
  • Burn Injuries from Electrocution

Burn Injuries

Approximately 2.4 million burn injuries occur each year. 700,000 burn injury victims visit the emergency room, and 23,000 people with serious burn injuries require hospitalization, according to the American Burn Association.

As the largest organ in the body, the skin plays many important roles, from defending a person's internal organs from dangerous diseases and environmental conditions to regulating temperature, maintaining fluid balance, and enabling sensation through touch. Serious burn injuries from fire, steam, hot liquids, ultraviolet rays, acid, alkali, and more can impair or even eliminate these very important functions of the skin and cause serious damage to the entire body.

There are three different classifications for burn injury:

  • First degree burns are those that only affect the first layer of skin. A first degree burn injury normally leaves the skin red at first, but heals in approximately one week. Although it only affects the top layer of skin, first degree burns can still be very painful.
  • Second degree burns are those that affect the first and second layers of skin. Skin that has sustained a second degree burn injury often blisters and feels moist. Individuals with these types of burns may feel severe pain.
  • Third degree burns affect all layers of skin and may even cause damage to underlying tissue. Skin after a third degree burn injury usually appears black or white, is extremely dry, and develops permanent scarring. Individuals with third degree burns experience an extreme amount of pain.

The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law understand all the facets of a burn injury case. Our burn injury attorneys look out for your best interests and make sure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to by law.

Effects of Burn Injury

A burn injury is one of the most traumatic personal injuries an individual can experience. Not only is it one of the most painful, but it can also cause huge financial and emotional burdens. Many burn injury victims suffer from scarring; nerve, muscle, tissue, and respiratory damage; amputation; loss of mobility; bacterial infection; and more. If sweat glands are damaged, victims may have a hard time regulating body temperature. This condition could make it hard for the victim to engage in sports or many other activities that raise body temperature. Burn injury victims may also suffer from mental disabilities or emotional distress such as flashbacks or recurring nightmares.

New technology has improved the quality of many burn injury victims' lives, but treatment can be extremely costly. Burn injury victims can incur huge medical bills and may require costly physical therapy or counseling to deal with the physical pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In addition, impairment or disability from severe burn injuries may result in a loss of income. The economic strain experienced as a result of a burn injury can thus have a huge impact on the victim and his or her loved ones, who are also forced to cope with the effects of burn injuries in many cases. They may have to take on some of the financial burden. If the burn injury victim was the main financial contributor to the household, the family could risk losing its home.

At Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law, our burn injury attorneys are dedicated to helping you obtain compensatory damages to cover the financial expenses of your misfortune. Our Manhattan / New York City burn injury attorneys understand that the period after such an incident is a difficult time for you. We will aggressively fight for your rights and make sure that you receive the maximum compensation possible.

Burn Injuries from Car Explosions

Motor vehicles are involved in one out of every five fires, and vehicle explosions cause approximately one in eight fire deaths in the United States.

Vehicle explosions, which can result in severe burn injury or other forms of lifelong personal injury, can stem from a variety of causes. Automobile accidents due to reckless driving can cause gas tanks to catch fire or explode. Faulty car design, such as the poorly-placed fuel tanks and fuel lines found in many sport utility vehicles, can also cause vehicle explosions during rollovers and other car incidents. Whether the accident was due to another driver's negligence or a faulty car product, the burn injury attorneys at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law can determine who is to blame for the burn injuries you sustained from a vehicle explosion.

Burn Injuries Chemical / Gas / Electrical Explosions

Chemical, gas, and electrical explosions happen due to a variety of causes. Defective products in your home or office, such as electrical wiring, appliances, and electrical boxes, can cause electrical explosions, sometimes resulting in severe burn injuries. Gas explosions can result from leakage from a tank or distribution system in an improperly maintained building. Leaks can be caused by the negligence of gas providers or tank manufacturers. Some buildings also lack gas warning systems, proper fire insulation, or sprinkler systems. These are responsibilities of the builder, and neglecting them violates building code and safety regulations. Chemical explosions, meanwhile, can result when insufficient information is available regarding the safe handling of flammable chemicals such as cleaning solvents, acids, ammonias, and kerosene. These types of explosions can also lead to serious burn injuries.

If you or someone you know lives in Manhattan, New York City, or nearby areas and has become a victim of a burn injury due to a chemical or gas explosion, contact the attorneys at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law for a free case evaluation. We will determine whether you are eligible for monetary damages.

Burn Injuries from Electrocution

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, one person is electrocuted in the workplace on average each day of each year.

Electrical burns are very common in the workplace. In fact, the number of workers in America electrocuted on the job continues to rise. As a result, contractors and other employees who work around power lines often experience electrocution burn injuries. Two fifths of all fatal electrocutions result from power line contact. If employer negligence is the cause of the electrical burn injury, workers' compensation can help provide some income replacement and medical benefits. But sometimes a third party, such as a power company, may hold some responsibility. Power companies are responsible for maintaining power lines by fixing sagging, knocked down, or broken lines and keeping all lines away from houses. Our burn injury attorneys can determine whether a power company or any other third party should be held partly responsible for your burn injuries.

Burn injuries can also result from defective electrical home appliances, such as hair dryers, microwaves, curling irons, and more. Sometimes these appliances contain faulty wiring or do not feature labels that warn about potential electrical shock. Burn injuries sustained due to the carelessness of manufacturers can make you eligible for monetary damages. If you feel that your serious burn injuries resulted from another party's carelessness, our burn injury attorneys can make sure that you receive just compensation.

Contact Our Burn Injury Attorneys

If you have suffered a serious burn from negligence, our Manhattan and New York City burn injury attorneys can help you acquire the compensation you deserve. Contact Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law to begin your free case review. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that if we do not obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on behalf of a client, we do not accept any legal fees in that case. Consultations with prospective clients are always free.