New York City Lawyers for Burns Suffered in Car Accidents
If you were in a car accident in New York that was not your fault and the collision left you with severe burns and other injuries, you might be eligible for compensation.
You shouldn’t have to suffer any more than you already have, and you should not be expected to incur the additional costs and expenses associated with your accident and injuries, especially since the crash was not your fault. Like all New York residents, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries as well as your pain and suffering, but you may not know where to begin.
The New York City car accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have been fighting for the rights of New York City residents who suffered burn injuries and other catastrophic injuries in car crashes for more than 20 years. During that time, we recovered more than $500 million dollars in total settlements and verdicts for our injury clients, and just since 2018, our lawyers have won more than 5,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases.
We are here when you need us, and we promise to do all we can to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed. To receive a free evaluation of your claim from one of our top-ranked attorneys, you can contact us by phone at (212) 779-0057 or through our online contact form.
Burns Caused by Car Accidents
Some of the most painful and debilitating injuries a person can suffer are burn injuries. Burn injuries can leave you with a severely reduced quality of life. Burns can result from a number of causes, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) lists the following as among the most common:
- Heat and fire
Car accidents have the potential to create fire, heat, and friction, but they can also expose occupants to electrical currents and chemical spills that can cause severe burn injuries as well.
Fire and Heat
During a collision, a vehicle can easily catch fire. All automobiles, including electric ones, contain oil, grease, and lubricants that can act as fire accelerants, and petroleum-powered vehicles obviously have tanks filled with gasoline or diesel fuel. What’s more, some vehicles, such as RVs, have propane tanks used for cooking and heat, or a vehicle could be pulling a tanker trailer, a camper, or even a boat, each of which could contain flammable liquids and gas.
Any of these items could start a fire in a car accident, which can lead to serious, even life-threatening burns for those involved in the crash. Even a car’s tires can catch fire with relative ease since they are made of flammable materials.
Every motor vehicle on the road has electrical components. Fully electric vehicles run on massive body-wide batteries, and petroleum-powered vehicles have batteries for starting the vehicles and storing current. Additionally, all vehicles have virtually miles of electrical cables and wires as well as fuse boxes and other electrical devices.
It does not take much voltage at all to create an electrical burn to the skin, and electricity holds the potential for causing life-threatening effects and damage to the heart and other internal organs.
Along with open flames, burn injuries in car accidents can also result from contact with hot engine parts, exhaust components, such as the muffler or tailpipe, and other hot surfaces.
Batteries store electricity through the use of caustic chemicals that can easily burn your skin. Brake fluid, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, and other necessary liquids throughout the vehicle can also cause horrible and disfiguring injuries on contact with human skin, especially if they have been heated to a high degree or mixed together to produce a more toxic and caustic solution.
During a car accident, the tanks and cases that store these chemicals and fluids can rupture and spew their contents throughout the wreckage. In addition, a vehicle could be transporting caustic chemicals that spill out as a result of the collision. For instance, you could have been returning from the store with a bottle of bleach in your back seat that ruptured and spilled all over you in the crash.
The UPMC defines a friction burn as one in which the “skin repeatedly rubs against another surface or is scraped against a hard surface.” In virtually every car accident, a victim’s skin will invariably rub or scrape against a hard surface. The steering wheel, door panels and dashboard, and the roadway itself can all cause friction burns, as can the airbags and even your seatbelt. Your skin can come into contact with many types of surfaces during a collision that can cause a serious friction burn injury that requires immediate medical care.
Different Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are divided into three separate classifications: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree.
- First-degree burns are the least serious, affecting only the top layer of skin and typically requiring only first aid or over-the-counter remedies.
- Second-degree burns affect the top and underlying layers of skin and are more serious. They can require medical treatment that goes beyond basic first aid and will likely mean a trip to the emergency room.
- Third-degree burns are extremely serious and damage or destroy all layers of the skin, as well as the nerves, follicles, and glands. These types of burns require immediate and intensive medical treatment and will most likely require skin graft surgery to repair. They can also cause a victim to go into life-threatening shock.
Contact Us Today for Help with Your Burn Injuries Caused by a Car Accident
If you suffered burn injuries in a New York car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you can pursue compensation for your accident-related losses. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand exactly what you are going through, and we are fully prepared to help you get the money you deserve. At no upfront cost to you, we will evaluate your claim with the utmost honesty and integrity, and you can rely on us to fight tirelessly on your behalf to help you get justice.