New Jersey Burn Injury Attorney
If you have been burned as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are legally entitled to compensation, not only for your pain and suffering, but for your medical and/or surgical costs, lost wages, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and any care for long-term disability. At Nagel Rice LLP, with offices in Roseland, New Jersey and Manhattan, our capable burn injury attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights through skillful negotiations, or, if necessary, through vigorous litigation. Our law firm successfully serves clients in Essex, Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Passaic Counties.
New Jersey Burn Injury Lawyer
As most of us know, serious burns are among the most painful injuries anyone can suffer. While no one escapes the occasional sunburn or burn from the kitchen stove or hot water, the burns we are discussing here are much more severe. If you have been burned because of someone else’s irresponsibility or because of a defective product or preventable explosion, you should call our experienced attorneys as soon as your recovery is underway. At Nagel Rice we are not only committed legal professionals, we are compassionate human beings, eager to make sure you heal properly and receive the compensation you are entitled to.
When “Accidental” Burns Are Legally Designated as Personal Injuries
Our burn victim clients come to us with injuries from a variety of sources. They may have suffered second- or third-degree burns as a result of:
- Defective matches, blow torches, machinery
- Highly flammable garments, curtains, blankets
- Liquid that is too hot (e.g. water from a tap, coffee from a restaurant)
- Escaping steam
- Chemical spills (acids, paint thinner, gasoline)
- Vehicular accidents in which defective parts were to blame
- Burns that occur during medical treatment such as radiation (medical malpractice)
- Electric shocks from exposed wires, faulty outlets, outdated appliances
- Planned or unplanned explosions that the public was not protected from
- Unprotected hot glass or metal
- Tanning beds
Your burn may have occurred in an office building, factory at a store, at a playground or amusement park, at school, on a public thoroughfare or in your own home. As long as our burn injury attorneys can prove that you would not have been harmed if someone else was not negligent, we should be able to win you compensation.
Proving Negligence in Burn Injury Cases
As savvy attorneys, we investigate all available evidence thoroughly, hiring experts in any field that may bolster your case, such as engineers, chemists, or physicians. if your injury can be traced to negligence in the manufacture, testing, storage, or maintenance of a piece of equipment, vehicle, machine, or substance, we will either negotiate a settlement with the person or entity responsible your trauma, or sue that party in a court of law.
Compensation You May Receive For Burn Injury
We are fully aware that no amount of money can reimburse you for the horrible ordeal you have gone through (and perhaps continue to endure) but a substantial monetary settlement may help with your healthcare, your loss of income while incapacitated and your long-term care if you have become permanently disabled. It will also, hopefully, give you a sense that there is, after all, some justice in the world. Nagel Rice has won over $100 million in personal injury lawsuits, several involving burn injuries. Nothing would please us more than to be able to win substantial compensation for you.
The amount of compensation you receive may vary widely, depending on the severity of your burn, how long your recovery takes, how much scarring you have, and whether you are disabled by the injury. Remember that a large percentage of burn injuries are internal, resulting from smoke inhalation and causing lasting respiratory harm.
The amount of compensatory damages will also depend on whether or not you bear some blame for the accident, whether it was preventable, and whether the other party failed to take necessary precautions. If there was an element of intentionality involved on the part of the defendant or if he or she acted with “gross negligence,” you may be able to receive punitive damages as well as compensatory ones. This means that the court may award you money over and above the money needed for restitution. Punitive damages are intended to punish the plaintiff and to discourage others from engaging in similar reckless or malicious conduct.
Contact A New Jersey Burn Injury Attorney
If you have been seriously burned through the fault of another person or entity (e.g. commercial enterprise, educational institution, government agency), our first-rate burn injury attorneys have the legal knowledge and courtroom skills to win your case. Once you consult with us by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website, we will handle all aspects of your case. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury, interviewing any witnesses to the event, and confer with first responders and physicians who frequently deal with burn injuries, as well as with the medical personnel who have been treating you. You can trust Nagel Rice, LLP to fight tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve. Remember: We try cases and we produce results. Contact us today!