New Jersey Burn and Inhalation Injuries Attorneys
When a fire breaks out, people have a short time to escape before smoke inhalation and heat injuries begin to take effect. These kinds of injuries can have serious consequences and often change a victim’s life for years. Because of the limited time people have to reach safety, it is imperative that buildings strictly follow fire codes. Failing to do so can result in delayed warnings and impeded escape should a fire break out in a building.
Retailers, hotel operators, office building managers, plants, oil refineries, and smoke detector manufacturers can be held liable for fire-related injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of negligence and safety violations. In fires involving apartments, motels, or restaurants, it is common for investigators to discover blocked fire exits and other fire code violations contributed to the inability of people to leave the building in a timely fashion. If you have been hurt in a fire as the result of someone else’s negligence, the New Jersey burn and inhalation injuries attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation.
Burns, Fires, and Explosions
Burn injuries can range from mild nuisances to life-threatening emergencies. There are three general classifications of burns:
- First degree: The outer layer of skin is burned. The area affected exhibits redness and tenderness, but usually heals within a few weeks.
- Second degree: Here, the first and second layers of skin are burned, resulting in blistering, pain, and scarring.
- Third degree: The three principal layers of skin are burned, requiring skin grafts and reconstructive surgery.
Given the serious nature of burn injuries, the medical costs of hospitalization alone can range from $50,000 to $200,000. Depending on the severity of a person’s burn injuries, additional costs are involved when reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, and physical therapy are taken into consideration. Cases involving chemical burns over most of a person’s body may result in disfigurement, blindness, and serious complications involving infections. For these reasons, it is essential to quantify the financial impact of a burn injury in order to meet medical costs and compensate burn injury victims for their pain and suffering. For these reasons, serious burn injuries may necessitate the help of an experienced attorney to help pay the costly medical fees associated with them.
The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have represented people suffering from the following kinds of injuries related to fires, toxic fume inhalation, chemical burns, thermal burns, scalding, house fires, electrical fires, industrial fires, and all types of explosions:
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
- Chemical burns
- Radiation burns
- Ultraviolet light burns
- Lung damage
- Wrongful Death
Working with a lawyer can greatly improve your odds of obtaining the amount of compensation you need to fully recover from your burn injury.
When you work with the dedicated New Jersey burn injury attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we will enlist fire investigators, chemical analysts, and safety consultants to determine what caused a fire and what should have been done to prevent it. In order to ensure our clients receive the full compensation they deserve for their burn injuries, we also consult doctors, medical economists, and life care planners.
While a fire in a hotel or apartment building may be due to negligence on the part of the property owner, liability for defective sprinkler systems or malfunctioning smoke detectors may involve those who installed or manufactured them. It is important to investigate the cause of a fire and determine the cause and origin of the fire or explosion in order to hold all the parties who played a role in causing burn injuries and fatalities responsible.
Contact a New Jersey Burn Injury Attorney
If you need outstanding representation, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated New Jersey burn injury attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm by dialing (973) 920-7900 to schedule a free confidential case evaluation. Attorney Todd Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has dedicated his entire career to helping fire victims and their families obtain the compensation they deserve.