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 people die from their 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 pain and damage caused by the negligence of another party or a defective product. For more than 75 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 electrical accidents, contact our attorneys for a confidential case evaluation.

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 important functions of the skin and cause serious damage to the entire body.

There are three classifications for burn injury:

  • First-degree burns affect only the first layer of skin. A first-degree burn injury normally leaves the skin red at first, but heals in approximately one week. Although they affect only the top layer of skin, first-degree burns can still be very painful.
  • Second-degree burns affect the first and second layers of skin. Skin that has suffered a second-degree burn 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. After a third-degree burn, the skin usually appears black or white, is extremely dry and develops permanent scarring. Individuals with third-degree burns experience extreme pain.

The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Kelner & Kelner understand all the facets of a burn injury case. Our attorneys will look out for your best interests and make sure you receive the compensation 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 and 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 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, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you obtain compensatory damages to cover the financial expenses of your misfortune. Our burn injury attorneys understand that the period after such an incident is a difficult time for you. We will fight aggressively 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 injuries and other forms of lifelong personal injury, 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 accidents. Whether the accident was due to another driver's negligence or a faulty car part, Kelner & Kelner can determine who is to blame for the burn injuries you suffered 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 a nearby area and has suffered a burn injury due to a chemical or gas explosion, contact Kelner & Kelner for a free case evaluation. We will determine whether you are eligible for monetary damages.

Burn Injuries And 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 common in the workplace. In fact, the number of workers in America electrocuted on the job continues to rise. Contractors and other employees who work around power lines often experience electrical burn injuries. Two-fifths of all electrocutions result from power line contact. If employer negligence is the cause of the electrical burn injury, workers' compensation can help provide 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 attorneys can determine whether a power company or any other third party should be held partly responsible for your 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. Injuries suffered due to the carelessness of manufacturers can make you eligible for monetary damages. If you feel that your serious burn resulted from another party's carelessness, our attorneys can make sure 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 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.