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Syracuse Trial Firm for Burn Injuries

When fire occurs in connection with car accidents it can lead to disfigurement and scars and even death. Recovering from these severe injuries may require multiple revision surgeries and years of medical care. As an accident victim, you could be left with permanent harm that alters how you move through the world and the type of job you’re able to do. If you’ve sustained burns through the fault of another, you should discuss what happened with our seasoned Syracuse common car accident injuries lawyers. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, our firm may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages. We aim for the best results by working up cases carefully and preparing them for trial. This approach lets insurers know they should take our clients’ lawsuits seriously in negotiations because we are unafraid to go to trial to recover damages to which clients are entitled. We have recovered more than $100 million in verdicts over thirty years.


Burns are one type of common car accident injuries. Arising from external heat sources such as hot metal or steam, burns may result in deep tissue damage and demand expensive medical care. In some cases, a car accident victim who is burned is never able to work again. Chemical burns may be suffered if a crash involves toxic cargo spills or debris.

Burns may be categorized as first, second, third or sometimes fourth degree burns. While first-degree burns impact only the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, fourth-degree burns are severe, penetrating both layers of skin and underlying tissue, muscle, and bones and destroying nerve endings. The degree of burn you suffer can affect the treatment prescribed and the damages that are obtained once liability is proven.

Proving Liability for Burns

It is important to retain lawyers who work with knowledgeable and credible experts who can explain potentially complex causation and damages issues to a jury of laypeople. In order to establish your entitlement to damages in a vehicle accident case, our lawyers will need to establish: (1) you were owed a duty to use reasonable care, (2) breach of the duty to use reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) damages. A driver may breach the duty to use reasonable care by speeding, tailgating, weaving, driving aggressively, or failing to obey signs and signals.

If a system within a car fails and causes burn injuries, it may be appropriate to examine whether the car manufacturer bears any responsibility for the losses. When a manufacturer is partially or fully to blame, we may be able to bring a product liability lawsuit for damages against them.

Wrongful Death in Syracuse

Fire in a car crash can result in fatalities. If your loved one was killed as a result of complications arising out of burns, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death is one that’s caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of the sort that a deceased person could have pursued if she’d lived. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover pecuniary losses.

Damages Arising Out of Burns

Burn injuries can result in serious disfigurement that can be repaired through painful skin grafts. They can result in long-term care, even more than one surgery, and even when surgeries are available, the injury may wind up fatal due to sepsis or another complication.

When our Syracuse attorneys can establish liability in a lawsuit, burn victims who survive car crashes may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and more. In a car accident lawsuit resulting in serious burns or disfigurement, we may be able to recover pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, and emotional distress, as well. These damages are not available for injuries that are not regarded as serious under New York’s no-fault scheme.

A car accident burn victim may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost income, and other expenses incurred as a result of the injuries. A burn injury victim may also obtain compensation for pain and suffering and, in the case of egregious conduct by an auto manufacturer, punitive damages.

Consult Our Syracuse Car Accident Attorneys

Our firm may be able to represent you if you sustained burn injuries in a car crash. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano has more than thirty years of experience fighting for victims in courtrooms. Our Syracuse attorneys are regarded among the best. We’ve recovered more than $100 million in personal injury awards and settlements. We may be able to represent you if you were seriously injured in a car accident in Watertown, Rochester, Auburn, Oswego, Canandaigua, Lowville, Wampsville, Lyons, Ithaca, Cooperstown, Oneida, Utica, Herkimer, Binghamton, or Elmira. Complete our online form or call us at 833-200-2000.

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