Burns are among the most costly and emotionally trying injuries to treat. And when serious burns are the result of someone else’s negligence, they can be even more troubling.
Approximately 486,000 Americans received medical treatment for burns in 2016, according to the American Burn Association. Over 3,000 people were killed by burns or related injuries, and burns contributed to about 40,000 hospitalizations including 30,000 at hospital burn centers. The problem of burns is widespread, and they have a wide variety of causes.
There is no more painful injury than severe burns. There is no sadder sight than a child horribly disfigured from burns.
If you or a loved one has been severely burned as the result of a car accident, defective product, or other example of negligence, we can help. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have won more than $300 million for clients in personal injury cases, both in and out of court. With more than 80 years’ worth of cumulative trial experience, our skilled attorneys have the experience, expertise, and resources necessary to pursue full compensation for your injuries. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free, confidential consultation today.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Car accidents, especially major crashes, can spark a fuel-fed fire, which burns extremely hot and spreads quickly across the vehicle. If the driver or other passengers are still trapped in the vehicle, this can lead to severe burns. These car accidents can be caused by defective car parts, as well as any number of negligent activities, including driving under the influence, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to obey traffic signals.
Workplace accidents happen to nearly 3 million American workers every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees. In more dangerous professions, such as construction or welding, these safety requirements are of crucial importance. The pressure to finish jobs on time and on budget can cause supervisors to cut corners and sacrifice workers’ safety. If an employer fails to maintain a safe work environment and a worker is severely burned as a result, the employer could be found liable for creating dangerous work conditions.
Unsafe building conditions can contribute to tragic fires and severe burns. All New Jersey residents have a right to suitable, structurally sound living conditions that are free from unreasonable hazards. Lack of adequate ventilation, faulty wiring, blocked fire exits (or an altogether lack of fire exits), and a lack of smoke alarms in multi-unit buildings are all examples of unsafe building conditions that can seriously increase the risk of fire or the risk of serious fire-related injuries. Landlords who fail to meet safety standards open themselves up to liability for burns and other serious injuries.
Why Hire Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi?
Many attorneys use the term “trial attorney.” But a true trial attorney cannot be measured by a title. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are certified civil trial attorneys with more than 80 years of cumulative trial experience. We have successfully handled a number of major verdicts and settlements, earning membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (a group of attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, representing fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers).
In a burn injury case, the trial lawyer must establish who was at fault for the injury and use complex medical information to demonstrate the magnitude of tissue injury and treatment at many different levels. However, medical testimony and hospital records are not enough to convey the true suffering involved and human endurance required for severe burns. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi typically create a documentary film about the burn victim to fully communicate to the jury the extent of the injury; this film gives the jury a look at how many surgical processes, grafting procedures, dressing changes, hours of rehabilitation, and major life adjustments are necessary after a severe burn. We have won a variety of burn injury verdicts and settlements, including $3.5 million for a woman and her daughter who suffered severe burns when the 1980 sedan they were riding in caught on fire.
MDL recovered $3,350,000 for a young woman who in 1999 suffered severe burn injuries when the car she was riding in ignited in flames following a rear end impact caused by a drunk driver. She lost her unborn son in this tragic accident, and her young daughter suffered debilitating brain injuries and burns. The car’s manufacturer knew that the design of the car created a danger for just such a situation to occur, yet purposefully did not disclose this information nor warn the public that such a grave danger existed.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are advocates both in and out of the courtroom. We are members of the Burn Advocates Network for burn victims of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and for young children. Membership to to the Burn Advocates Network is by invitation only, and is only granted to those who have demonstrated significant proficiency in handling burn cases, have recovered more than $10 million in burn cases, and are certified trial lawyers.
When it comes to dealing with claims adjusters or corporations, our reputation precedes us. Voted among the Best Lawyers in America by fellow attorneys, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have spent decades dealing with insurance companies, businesses, and opposing attorneys. Persistence, commitment, and experience set us apart from the pack; competing attorneys know they must be trial-ready and in it for the long haul when we are involved.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi can help. We are committed to protecting you and your family’s legal rights and holding the guilty party accountable for their actions. Don’t let someone else’s carelessness negatively affect your life or livelihood—call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to start on the path to recovery. The initial consultation is free, and you will not have to pay until we win your case.