Burn Injury Lawyers Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
Burn Injuries Are Devastating
Burn injuries can be devastating, especially to the young and elderly. Recovery can involve the risk of infection, multiple surgeries, and lengthy treatment plans that could leave you hurting for months, or permanently. The skin is the largest organ in your body and is very complex. Some burns damage muscle, connective tissue and nerves.
If you or a loved one has been burned and someone else is to blame, you need experienced legal representation from the Buffalo burn injury lawyers at Feroleto Law. We understand burn injury lawsuits and will review your situation, investigate your case and manage all administrative and legal issues. Contact us at 716-427-0700 to schedule a free consultation today.
Why Choose Feroleto Law Burn Injury Lawyers to Secure the Compensation You Deserve
Burn recovery is difficult, time-consuming, and painful. You will need to focus all of your energy on your health. This is challenging enough, but trying to find time to seek compensation from the company or person responsible for your injuries can be overwhelming and stressful. A qualified burn injury attorney in Buffalo can handle these concerns for you while you recover.
At Feroleto Law, we provide high-quality, dedicated service to our clients, taking ownership of the legal process on their behalf. With more than 40 years of experience, we have a reputation for providing compassionate service while aggressively negotiating and litigating for our client’s best interests.
Types of Damages in Burn Injury Lawsuits
If you suffered burns because of someone’s negligent action or inaction, you may be entitled to sue for damages. You can claim your current and future medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury, pain and suffering, and periods of disability. You also deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured already, as well as what may come in the future.
In New York State, you can receive economic and non-economic damages when you successfully prove negligence by another party. Economic damages can be quantified with a specific price, such as:
- Medical costs, including hospitalizations, doctor bills, and rehabilitation
- Lost income while you recover
- Loss of earning potential if you are disabled
- Rehabilitation expenses
- future medical expenses
- future lost wages
- future increased risk of complex medical conditions, such as cancer.
Non-economic damages are more subjective and address how your life has been affected by your injuries and recovery. Some of these include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- need to take precautionary measures of substance cover burn body parts, stay out of direct sunlight.
New York State does not cap non-economic damages, so there is no dollar figure limiting what you may receive. Because each case is unique, your burn injury lawyer in Buffalo can provide a more specific estimate once they have a better understanding of your accident, your injuries, and your life.
Can You Be Awarded Punitive Damages?
Generally, courts in New York State are hesitant to award punitive damages, which are meant as a punishment to the at-fault individual or organization when their behavior qualifies as gross negligence. Punitive damages are also intended to serve as a warning to others against engaging in the same actions.
Frequently Asked Questions
After a burn injury resulting from another person’s or company’s negligence, you may have questions and worries. At Feroleto Law, we hear many of the same concerns from clients and have compiled an FAQ section for you.
Who is eligible to file a burn injury lawsuit in New York?
A person who has been burned can file a personal injury lawsuit in New York. If the victim passes away from their injuries, their spouse, children, parents, or their estate’s personal representative can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who can be held liable for burn injuries?
Any individuals or organizations whose negligence caused the burn and the injuries may be held liable. These can include but are not limited to:
- Negligent drivers
- Negligent landlords
- Negligent vehicle repair companies
- negligent electrical repair companies
- negligent chemical providers
- negligent machine repair companies
- negligent beauty care providers.
Your burn injury attorney can review your case and determine who may be at fault.
What is shared fault?
If you are partially at fault for your injuries, your compensation may be reduced by the same percentage you are found to be liable. For example, if you are found to be 15% at fault, you will likely receive 85% of your requested damages. New York State abides by the comparative negligence rule (New York CLPR Section 1411). Even if you were mostly responsible, you could still collect some damages.
How long do I have to file my lawsuit?
In New York State, generally the statute of limitations (New York CPLR Section 214) for filing a personal injury case is three years from the date of the incident. However there are many exceptions and you should speak with Buffalo Burn Injury Lawyer soon after the injury occurred In Wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations is two years.
Depending on the defendant, there may be exceptions to the statute of limitations rule and an accomplished Buffalo burn injury attorney from Feroleto Law can advise you if any changes apply to your case. You must file within the time limit, however, or risk losing your chance to pursue your claim in the courts.
I was burned while using a product. Can I sue?
If the product was defective or if the instructions or warning labels were inadequate, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Your attorney can assess your circumstances and provide you with a more specific answer.
Will I actually have to appear in court?
We work hard to achieve a satisfactory settlement with insurance companies whenever possible. However, we are prepared for the courtroom from the start. Your personal account of what happened and how it affected your life is critical to proving your case. You are the very best witness.
What are your fees?
Our firm offers a no-fee guarantee. If we do not win, you do not owe us any legal fees for the work we performed. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
We hope these answers provide you with some important information. Reach out to our burn injury lawyers today at 716-854-0700 for answers to your more specific questions.
How We Can Help You Obtain Justice
When negligence results in burn injuries, the impact on victims can seem virtually immeasurable, changing the life of the injured and their families forever. The medical costs and emotional toll can be debilitating. However, with our experience in burns and the aftermath of burn injuries the attorneys and staff at Feroleto Law can help you and advise you, as you recover, and even after the lawsuit is resolved.
We work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the compensation you need and deserve. Our team negotiates powerfully with the insurance company, gathers evidence for your case, and engages necessary expert witnesses to ensure your case is appropriately presented. We manage your case from beginning to end and are always available to answer your questions.
Common Causes of Severe Burns
From boiling liquids on a hot stove to a car accident, burns from flames and chemicals can happen unexpectedly in many situations. Some of the most common include:
- Chemical spills or leaks
- Defective candles, lighters, or matches
- Electrical equipment
- Gas explosions
- House fires
- Hot appliances
- Mechanical equipment failure
- Outdoor fire accidents
- Restaurant injuries
- Scalding water exiting residential or commercial lavatories and showers
- abrasion injuries through the skin, flesh and nerves
- Truck accidents
Your burn injury lawyer needs to know how and why the burn event happened to show who was responsible and establishing negligence to secure a fair settlement. Because these cases can be so complex, working with an experienced and trustworthy legal advocate allows you to recover in peace while Feroleto Law builds your case.
Burn Injuries and How They Affect Your Case
Burn injuries are often severe because they cause significant damage to many body tissues. Your skin is your first line of defense to the outside world protecting you from infections, exposure to cancer causing sun’s rays, injuries to interior parts of your body and is most often affected. Burns can leave you with scarring, loss of sweat gland function, and an inability to tolerate cold and heat. You may lose sensation and have a permanent sensitivity to the sun, along with lifelong pain. In many cases the burn accident victim becomes very self-conscious, embarrassed to show scarring and disfigurement in public. Support, understanding and counseling may help.
Burns are classified by how deeply and severely they penetrate the skin’s surface. The severity of your injuries will have a large impact on the amount of damages you can claim since you may need lifelong treatment. The categories of burns are:
- First-degree: These minor burns only affect the outer skin layer, with red skin and some pain but no blisters. They rarely result in long-term damage.
- Second-degree: The injury involves the first and second layers of skin. Skin will be swollen and may appear red, shiny, and blistered.
- Third-degree: Often called full-thickness burns, they extend to the fat layer beneath the skin and result in discoloration. They usually affect nerve endings.
- Fourth-degree: These burns are incredibly destructive, causing damage beyond the skin, 4th degree burns may be widespread scarring much of the body and are often fatal. They result in widespread scarring and can be fatal.
It is important that you maintain all records of your treatment and keep a journal to document your pain and suffering. These records will help our burn injury attorney evaluate the amount of economic damages to seek in your case.
Your Emotional Trauma Can Affect the Amount of Compensation
The physical pain associated with burn injuries is considerable, and victims often undergo costly and painful treatment. In addition to the physical demands, the emotional toll faced by you and your family can turn your world upside down. You may suffer isolation, depression, and a loss of identity if you cannot work and care for yourself for a long period of time.
This is when experience matters in your choice of a Buffalo burn injury attorney. Determining the value of your pain and suffering takes years of background and education. At Feroleto Law, we understand your future can be drastically affected after a burn injury, especially if the accident happens at a young age. Children often need multiple surgeries and revision procedures, on top of dealing with self-esteem issues when there is extensive scarring.
We help you consider all avenues and areas for seeking financial relief, including many you may overlook. Our focus is on making you whole, which is different for every client. Those responsible for your injuries must compensate you fully so you can return as much as possible to how your life was before you were hurt.
Contact Our Buffalo Burn Injury Lawyer Today
At Feroleto Law, your goals are our goals. We believe those who behave negligently and cause injury to others should be held accountable for their wrongdoing. If you or someone you love has been injured in a burn accident, reach out to our experienced attorneys.
Our team is committed to helping you get the financial settlement you need and deserve so you can focus on what is most important: your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us at 716-854-0700 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with our skilled Buffalo burn injury lawyers today.
Attorney John Feroleto
Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]