If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the fault of another (i.e., the defendant’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct), then New Jersey may give you a right of action for damages. These damages vary depending on your losses. The more substantial your losses, the more compensation that you may be entitled to receive. As such, burn injury victims may have an opportunity to recover significant damages, given the extent of their losses.
First-time plaintiffs often (mistakenly) believe that litigation is a simple straightforward process. In truth, litigation is nuanced and challenging. We’re here to help. At Folkman Law, our attorneys are ready and willing to advocate aggressively on your behalf so that you can obtain the compensation you need. Contact us for further guidance.
Before you proceed, let’s briefly explore some burn injury basics for a better understanding of the dispute.
Burn Injury Losses Can Be Significant and Varied
Burn injuries can be caused by multiple sources of harm:
• Electrical; and
Though many people only think of “thermal” or heat burns, electrical and chemical burns are quite common, particularly in the industrial labor context. For example, a poorly-maintained construction worksite may have exposed wiring, which causes an employee or bystander to suffer an electrical burn. A restaurant, salon, or workplace could use caustic chemicals which could burn a patron or employee.
Depending on the severity of the burn injuries, the losses can be significant and varied. A burn located on a face or other noticeable area may require plastic surgery and may cause the victim to feel self-conscious or embarrassed. A severe burn that damages the nerve endings in the victim’s limbs could create a long-term motor and sensory impairment that prevents them from working in their field or at all. This would then justify the receipt of substantial wage loss and loss of future earning capacity damages.
Burn severity can be split into three different degrees:
First degree burns involve damages to the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) and may be rather mild in terms of pain and suffering. Light scarring may be present.
Second degree burns damage the two topmost layers of skin and may lead to a significant amount of pain and suffering, as well as permanent scarring. Many victims require skin grafting to fix the aesthetic damage they suffer.
Third degree burns cause the destruction of the topmost layers of skin, and further, can damage other parts (i.e., nerves, hair, musculature, etc.). The aesthetic damage caused by third degree burns can have an enormous negative impact on the victim’s social, personal, and work lives. Further, there may be physical impairments that are not fully recoverable, such as movement/gait problems and long-term pain.
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At Folkman Law, our attorneys have decades of experience representing individuals who have suffered losses in various accident scenarios, including those that give rise to serious burn injuries. Over the years, these experiences have helped us develop a keen understanding of the tactics typically employed by opposing counsel, and how to overcome the barriers they represent.
We are a fundamentally client-oriented firm. Unlike many of our competitors, we commit time and resources to helping our clients obtain the maximum possible compensation that their circumstances allow. We believe that this commitment is especially pertinent for burn injury victims, whose impairments and struggles may be long-term and truly life-changing in nature.
Interested in learning more about your claims and how to seek a proper resolution? Call 856-354-9444 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Cherry Hill personal injury lawyer at Folkman Law. We are available 24/7 to handle any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your injury claims.