New York City Burn Injury Lawyers

If you have reason to believe that an individual or entity is responsible for causing your recent burn injury, confide in a caring New York City burn injury attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. Our legal team represents burn victims throughout the city.

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Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

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Burns can be extremely traumatic, both physically and emotionally. Burns are very painful injuries that often result in permanent scarring or disfigurement. A victim may require multiple surgeries and extended hospital stays to recover. There is often someone at fault for the incident, such as an employer or product manufacturer.

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Why Choose Meirowitz & Wasserberg Burn Injury Lawyers in New York?

Our nationally recognized trial attorneys in New York have won over $360 million in settlements and verdicts since our founding in 2011. We represent people, not corporations, and our clients are our highest priority. When we take on your burn injury case, we will treat you like family. 

Our firm has the experience and resources needed to stand up to large corporations and win. We consistently recover high-value case results for our clients. You can count on us to push back hard if the at-fault party and their insurers offer less than you deserve.

Our founding partners, Samuel Meirowitz and Daniel Wasserberg, have over 40 years of combined legal experience and extensive knowledge of burn injuries, their causes, and how they can be prevented. We understand that burn injuries are some of the most horrific injuries you can experience, and we are passionate about helping injured New Yorkers secure justice and accountability.

Our compassionate legal team works hard to ensure each client receives the full and undivided attention they deserve. The high quality of our services has won us the respect and admiration of our clients and the legal community. This is reflected in our awards and accolades. For example, our founders have been recognized as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. 

Client Reviews

The feedback we receive from our clients means more to us than any award we could win. Making a difference for everyday people is what drives us. Our former clients often stay in touch with us long after their cases are resolved, and their testimonials show that our hard work and genuine concern for their well-being shine through.

  • “Meirowitz & Wasserberg was very helpful in assisting me with my injury that I sustained at work. The lawyers made the process quick and easy and allowed me to focus on rehabbing my hip instead of the legal process. 5 Stars!!!!” – Vishnu B.
  • “I came to Meirowitz & Wasserberg when I unfortunately suffered a personal injury this year. They dealt with my case extremely professionally and streamlined the entire process, and I would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone in need.” – Anthony N.

Case Results

We have secured numerous six- and seven-figure settlements on behalf of injured clients throughout New York and beyond, including burn victims. Below are just a few examples of the high-value case results we have obtained for clients injured due to the carelessness of others:

  • $675,000 product liability settlement for a client who was critically injured when her airbag failed to deploy after her ignition failed.
  • $550,000 premises and product liability settlement for a client whose fingertip was severed by a defective chaise lounge.
  • $235,000 settlement for a client who suffered a fractured jaw in a slip and fall accident.
  • $200,000 settlement for a client who suffered a hip fracture in an incident that involved a large animal.

About New York City Burn Injury Lawsuits

Burns can be thermal, chemical, electrical, or radiation-related. Burns come in four degrees, based on severity.

First-degree burns can result in redness and superficial injuries. Second-degree burns show blisters and damage the underlying layers of the skin. Third-degree burns result in white and leathery skin. Fourth-degree burns damage the underlying muscles and tendons, often resulting in permanent injury.

Legal Rights of Burn Injury Victims in New York?

If you or your loved one suffered burn injuries because of someone else’s carelessness, you have a right to pursue damages for your pain, suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. 

What are the Grounds for a Burn Injury Lawsuit in New York?

The burden of proof will be on you to prove the at-fault party’s liability, but the evidence needed to satisfy this burden will vary depending on the cause of your burn injuries. 


In most personal injury claims, your evidence will need to prove the elements of negligence:

  1. Duty of care – The defendant had a legal responsibility to take reasonable care to avoid burning you.
  2. Breach of duty – The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care.
  3. Damages – You suffered a burn injury that caused compensable damages, such as financial losses, physical pain, and emotional distress.
  4. Causation – You would not have been injured if not for the breach of duty.

For example, if you suffered serious burns in a car accident, you will normally need to prove that the at-fault driver caused the accident by breaching their duty to drive safely.

Premises Liability Claims

However, if your burn injuries occurred on someone else’s property, you may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit based on a specialized duty of care owed by property owners. You can file a premises liability claim whether you were injured on a residential, commercial, or public property. The property owner is normally the primary defendant, though there may be others.  

In general, you will need to prove that the defendant knew or should have known that a dangerous condition on the property existed and that your injuries were reasonably foreseeable because of the dangerous condition. Examples of premises liability claims involving burn injuries include:

  • Claims against landlords due to scalding water and radiator burns
  • Electrical burns due to faulty wiring
  • Burns from hot food and beverages at restaurants
  • Apartment fires 
  • Chemical burns

Defective Product Claims

If you suffer a burn injury because of a defective product, you may not need to prove negligence at all. In a product liability lawsuit, you may only need to prove that your burn injuries occurred while you were using the product as intended and that at least one of the following is true:

  • The product is defective.
  • The product design is dangerous.
  • The manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings or instructions.

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can be held liable for burn injuries that occur as a result of defective products. For example, if you suffered burn injuries in a car accident because a defective part caused the vehicle to catch fire, you may have a viable claim against the part manufacturer.

Compensation for Burn Injury Victims in New York

Burns over large portions of your body can cause significant scarring, disfigurement, and chronic skin conditions. In many cases, you may need life-long medical treatment and struggle to return to work. You may feel like your whole life changed due to your burn injuries.

At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we take these cases seriously. Though no dollar figure can make up for the devastation of permanent burn injuries, monetary compensation can provide a measure of justice, pay for ongoing medical care, and ensure financial security. 

You may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses (economic damages) and subjective losses (non-economic damages), including:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability 
  • Emotional distress
  • Humiliation
  • Inconvenience

When the defendant’s conduct was deliberate or displayed a blatant disregard for your safety, you may also qualify for punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the defendant and deter future misconduct.

How Much Is My NYC Burn Injury Claim Worth?

Every burn injury claim is unique. The amount your injury case is worth will be based on its unique facts, including how severely you were injured, whether your injuries are permanent, your earnings before the accident, and the degree of suffering your injuries have caused and will cause in the future. Unlike most states, there are no damage caps in New York. You are only limited to what you can prove.

One of the most important factors in determining compensation is the lawyer you choose. Having a knowledgeable New York personal injury lawyer on your side with experience handling burn injury claims can make all the difference. Our dedicated New York burn injury attorneys have decades of experience and are dedicated to recovering the maximum award available.

How To Protect Your Claim After a Burn Injury in NY

Contacting an attorney early on is the best way to protect your burn injury claim. When you suffer significant burn injuries caused by someone else, recovering compensation is not a given. You will almost always have to deal with an insurance company committed to fighting your claim. It may blame you for the accident and even try to get you to make statements it can use against you.

Our dedicated burn injury lawyers in New York will take on the burden of dealing with the insurance company and navigating the law so you can focus on healing. We know how to keep your claim safe and maximize your compensation. 

Below are a few ways you can also help protect your claim:

  • Complete your medical treatment, and don’t skip any appointments.
  • Avoid talking about your accident on social media.
  • Refuse to give the at-fault party’s insurance company a recorded statement or access to your medical records without an attorney.
  • Do not accept settlement offers without an attorney, especially early on in your case and before completing your medical treatment.

Don’t Wait To Contact Our Accomplished New York Burn Injury Lawyers

The New York personal injury statute of limitations limits your time to file a burn injury claim. In most cases, you will have just three years from the date of your accident to file your claim, and your lawyer will also need time to investigate and prepare your case. If your claim is not filed on time, it will most likely be dismissed in court, eliminating your right to recover damages.

We Handle All Types of Burn Injury claims

No matter what type of accident caused your burn injuries, we can help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve if someone else is to blame. We have successfully handled a wide variety of burn injury cases, including those involving:

Discuss Your Legal Options With A New York City Burn Injury Lawyer

When you retain an attorney to pursue compensation for a burn injury in New York, you maximize your odds of receiving the type of award you deserve. Our legal team understands the multifaceted harms that can stem from a bad burn. We know that the scars don’t only run skin deep.

Burns often result in emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related pain and suffering. A personal injury claim is the only way to strive for recovery for these damages. For a free consultation about your recent burn injury in NYC, contact our team online or call our NYC office at (212)897-1988.

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