New Jersey Burn Injury Lawyer

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A severe burn injury can affect nearly every aspect of your life. These injuries can be incredibly painful. The scars, disfigurement, and emotional trauma resulting from severe burns could last a lifetime. If you have suffered a severe burn injury as the result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, you deserve justice and fair compensation for your losses.

The burn injury lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman stand ready to help you seek all compensation you are rightfully entitled to recover. Contact our office today for a free, no-risk consultation with a member of our team to learn about your rights and options under the law.

Since 1929, the lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have dedicated their careers to helping injury victims  across New Jersey pursue compensation and justice. Over the past century, we have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of clients.

How Our Attorneys Help Burn Victims After Accidents

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Our burn injury attorneys are prepared to put our experience, skills and resources to work for you by:

  • Thoroughly evaluating your case
  • Collecting evidence to back up your claim
  • Calculating your financial losses and documenting your pain and suffering
  • Identifying all possible sources of compensation
  • Handling communications with insurance claims adjusters
  • Using our negotiation skills to pursue full and fair compensation
  • Taking your case to trial if you decide litigation offers you the best chance of recovering the money you deserve
  • Keeping you updated at every step of your case and guiding you through the legal process

Burn injuries often require ongoing care, which means you could face considerable medical costs well into the future. With so much on the line, it is crucial to work with an experienced burn injury lawyer as you pursue a fair recovery for all you have suffered.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

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I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.


Types and Degrees of Burn Injuries

The three primary types of burn injuries, in increasing order of severity, are:

First-degree burns

First-degree burns are the mildest type of burns. People with first-degree burns usually don’t need to be hospitalized, and the burns typically heal in a week or two. Sunburns are a common type of first-degree burn, which only affect the epidermis, or the surface layer of skin.

Second-degree burns

Second-degree burns penetrate the epidermis and the dermis, the second layer of skin. Symptoms of second-degree burns include red or white discolored skin, swelling, blisters, and intense pain. They can also lead to scarring.

Third-degree burns

Third-degree burns are the most serious burn injuries. Third-degree burns typically penetrate all layers of skin, including the fat beneath the skin. They can lead to permanent disfigurement and scarring. The affected skin may have a leathery appearance and may turn black, white, or brown. Skin grafts may be required to cover some of the burned areas.

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Leading Causes of Accidents Resulting in Burns

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Some of the leading causes of burn injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Building fires
  • Construction zone accidents
  • Refinery accidents
  • Natural gas explosions
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrocution
  • Hot water, steam, and oil burns
  • Heating oil accidents
  • Appliance-related fires, such as fires caused by furnaces
  • Defective products
  • Arson

Negligence often plays a role in fire-related accidents. For instance, motorists who fail to operate their vehicles in a safe manner may cause an accident that results in a fire, which leads to burn injuries. Employers who fail to implement safety regulations, provide workers with adequate safety training, and properly maintain their protective equipment may also be responsible for incidents that lead to burn injuries. Manufacturers that market and sell defective equipment and appliances, from unsafe motor vehicles to defective gas grills, could also cause burn injury accidents through their negligence.

Potential Lifelong Impairments from Burn Injuries

Burns often have a negative impact on a victim’s overall quality of life. They can cause long-term health problems related to scarring, pain, itching, weakness, and the body’s ability to maintain a stable temperature.

People who’ve been badly burned may not be able to participate in activities they once loved, might have trouble with self-care, and may struggle with body image issues, depression, and anxiety, among other mental health problems. Some also struggle with substance abuse, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and PTSD. The kinds of compensation you may be entitled to will – to a significant extent – depend on the ways in which your burns have affected your life.

Recovering Compensation Through a Burn Injury Lawsuit

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If you have suffered a severe burn injury, you could be facing long-term medical costs and significant lost wages. If your burn injury prevents you from working or from performing the same job that you had before, you could lose your main source of income.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we understand the severe financial strain that a burn injury can put on you and your loved ones. That’s why we are committed to helping burn victims recover full and fair compensation for the mental, physical and financial losses they face.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be entitled to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital and doctor’s visits, emergency services, ongoing care, surgery, skin grafts, imaging tests, medical equipment, and medications
  • Rehabilitative care costs, including physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Lost earnings, if you were unable to work during your initial recovery
  • Lost future income if you can no longer work or must be placed on light duty as a result of your burn injuries
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Diminished enjoyment of life

Time Limit for Filing a Burn Injury Lawsuit in New Jersey

New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases, including burn injury lawsuits. The statute of limitations establishes the period during which a victim can take legal action against a liable party. If initial settlement negotiations are unproductive and you decide to pursue a lawsuit, you must file a complaint against the defendant within two years of the date the accident occurred. If you fail to initiate legal action within the allotted timeframe, the court will dismiss your case, and you will be barred from seeking financial relief in court.

No one should have to pay out of pocket to treat burn injuries they suffered because of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior. It is crucial to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident so that you can get started on building the strongest possible case against the parties responsible for your injuries.

Speak With Our Experienced Burn Injury Lawyers Now

If you have suffered burn injuries as the result of someone else’s wrongdoing, contact a burn injury attorney at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman right away. Our consultation process is 100% free of charge. If you hire us, we’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay anything upfront for our services. We’ll only collect our fee when we recover compensation. We look forward to speaking with you.   


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