Approximately 486,000 people suffered burn injuries in 2015 which required medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. Of that number, some 40,000 were hospitalized, three-fourths of whom were confined to specialized burn centers.
Burns can occur for a variety of reasons: Fires, explosions, scalding by equipment or cooking appliances, electrical mishaps, chemical contact and other sources. Roughly 3,400 people die from burn-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is prepared to investigate and prosecute those cases where burns are caused as a result of the negligence of others. Such negligence may arise from the following acts or omissions:
- Failure to maintain working smoke detectors or fire alarms.
- Failure to use non-flammable fabrics or other materials.
- Faulty wiring or electrical repairs.
- Unsafe kitchens and kitchen equipment.
- Hot liquid or molten liquid spills, leaks, and other mishaps.
- Dangerous workplaces (with inadequate safeguards).
- Lack of protective gear in the workplace.
- Human error leading to scalding incidents (water, oil, grease, tar, etc.).
- Human error leading to chemical spills and other accidents.
- Human error or equipment malfunctions leading to electrocutions.
- Auto accidents resulting in fires or explosions.
- Defective hot water heaters and furnaces.
- Arson-related fires.
- Construction accidents.
- Thermal flash burns caused by explosions of natural gas, propane, gasoline or other flammable liquids.
- Thermal flame burns caused by prolonged exposures to the intense heat of a flame.
- Thermal contact burns caused by hot metals, plastics, glass or coal.
- Radiological burn injuries caused by alpha, beta or gamma radiation.
Burn cases require specialized investigative knowledge to ferret out the negligent acts.
Burn injury lawyer Mark S. Guralnick draws on his years of investigative experience and consults with safety engineers, property inspectors, fire marshals, electricians, and accident reconstruction specialists to establish the cause of the accident and determine who may be held liable for the burn injuries.
During the process, we collect police and fire department reports, photographs, drawings and relevant maps, and other documentary evidence. We assemble all of the hospital records and medical evidence for the burn victim, and we identify the doctors, nurses and health professionals who will be necessary to testify as our witnesses down the road.
We consult with the medical professionals and economic experts to place a value on the burn injuries, taking into consideration the full cost of future medical procedures, reconstructive or plastic surgery, rehabilitation and therapy, continuing injury, pain and suffering.
Our goal is to recover the full range of damages to which the victim is entitled. This may include not only past and future medical expenses, but also lost wages for time missed from work, and compensation for injuries that destroy or impair the victim’s vocational abilities.
In addition, we fight for compensation for the victim’s pain, anguish, suffering, disfigurement, and other personal, social or marital setbacks caused by the burn-related injuries. When we find reckless conduct that caused the burn-related injuries, we will also fight for punitive damages.