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You turn on the local news in the morning or evening, and you see the images and hear the reports: a serious fire in Tremont or Mott Haven or the South Bronx has displaced several families and led to fire-related injuries that left building occupants hospitalized.
If the images and report don’t scare you, they should. You don’t think that one of those families could be yours or that you or a loved one could be in an ambulance heading to the hospital, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and second-degree burns or worse. Nobody thinks it can happen to them, until it does.
If this has happened to you or your family, you need to contact a Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. Injuries suffered in fires lead to some of the most excruciating pain that people can experience. More than 70-percent of burn injuries occur in the home, and many times these are not the fault of the injured person.
Explosions from natural gas lines, being scalded by water from a water heater that is set too hot, electrical fires, blazes due to deficient maintenance, defective household candles or lighters, or a malfunctioning cooking range can all lead to a fire in the home and result in debilitating injuries. Similar experiences can be found in the workplace, especially in kitchens, where maintenance or careless co-workers can lead to someone being severely burned.
It’s important to speak with the best Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyer to determine if these injuries were caused though the negligence of another. For instance, a property owner or manager may not have ensured that a building had appropriate fire alarms and suppression systems or may have failed to maintain equipment or allowed an unsafe condition to persist that resulted into a fire. And it may be a manufacturer or a utility company, like Con Ed, that failed to ensure a safe condition that led to equipment failure or a fire resulting from a faulty gas line or electrical grid problem.
The injuries suffered in these accidents are severe. People familiar with burns think of three types of burns associated with being involved in a fire, but there are actually four and they progress from the most minor kind to the most severe:
- First-degree burns, which are uncomfortable but comparatively minor, and result in red skin that is hot to the touch, dry and irritated, but is not blistered;
- Second-degree burns produce severe pain along with all the symptoms of a first-degree burn, plus swelling, blisters, thickening of the skin and peeling;
- Third-degree burns are even more painful than second-degree burns, show all the same symptoms, plus widespread thickening of white skin, a black center area and may be surrounded by second-degree burns;
- Fourth-degree burns have all of the symptoms of a third-degree burn, but the damage extends beyond the skin into tendons or bones.
As top Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyers, we are all too aware that treatment for some of these injuries can go on for years and could lead to the loss of a limb and additional disfigurement. And the injuries don’t stop with the burns, especially if the injury has been sustained in a structure fire. This can be accompanied by smoke inhalation, which can lead to long-term health effects. The most common long-term issue is reduced lung function, but there can be long-term health problems that emerge later, like cardiovascular disease, lung disease or even cancer.
The long-term effects are more than just physical. Studies have shown that burns lead to negative long-term psychological effects, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts, and these psychological scars can linger for years after treatment.
As a Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyer knows, these are not injuries to be taken lightly. Even if treatment can provide some short-term relief, there will be struggles on the road ahead to regain the life you enjoyed before the fire accident led to your injuries. You shouldn’t expect to shoulder that burden alone, especially if another party is all or partly responsible for your injuries.
Beyond injury, there will be the loss of possessions, like video and audio equipment, clothing, pictures and other items – some of them irreplaceable. The best Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyers know how to help you recover from your losses so you can begin rebuilding your life one step at a time. They understand how to talk to insurance companies, who may not be the most helpful people in your efforts to recover your life.
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of a fire, it may be the fault of another and it is urgent that you speak with a Bronx NY Fire Accident Lawyer to fight for the compensation you need to recover. Call the Feiner and Lavy Law Firm today! We understand what you are going through and would like to be there every step of the way to help you and your family. With more than 80 years of combined experience, excellent case results and millions of dollars recovered for clients, our outstanding reputation speaks for itself. Call us today at 212-393-9130 for a free consultation.