Often, a burn victim is too seriously injured to initiate or participate in the cause-and-origin investigation of a fire. Here are the recommended steps a family needs to follow on the victim’s behalf:
- Make sure that skilled burn physicians are managing the patient’s recovery.
- Photograph the area where the fire occurred.
- Send a letter to the owner demanding that the owner refrain from demolishing the premises until your forensic fire expert can gain access to the property.
- Photograph and videotape all injuries and ongoing treatment – especially when bandages are being changed.
- Write down the names of all major caregivers during the hospitalization that can testify about the pain and suffering of the patient.
- Do not allow the injured to give any statements without speaking to a lawyer first.
- Keep a copy of all medical bills, reports and news articles.
- Do not post anything on Facebook or any other social media outlet.
- Do not talk to the press without the consent of a burn injury lawyer.
If you have been burnt in any type of accident, it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately. Because evidence often disappears or decays, the scene of the accident must be reviewed as soon as possible by an attorney. The more quickly an attorney can record the scene of the accident, the stronger your case gets.
The burn injury lawyers at the firm of Davis, Saperstein, & Salomon, P.C., handle burn injury claims throughout the state of New Jersey as well as New York. We have decades of experience helping accident victims and their families. We use expert witnesses and accident reconstruction specialists to help prove your case and seek the largest recovery possible.
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