About 450,000 people are injured and 3,400 people die on average every year in the USA as a result of fires and burns.  Deaths from fires and burns are the 3rd leading cause of fatal home injury.  On average, someone dies in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone is injured every 30 minutes.  2,640 people died and 13,350 people [excluding firefighters] were injured in home fires.  365 of these deaths were children. In 2007, the fire departments in the United States had to respond to a blaze every twenty seconds. These are preventable injuries and deaths.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to burns, call one of the Burn Accident Lawyers at Sonin & Genis.  We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

Not all burn injuries are from fires.  For example, hot tap water accounts for nearly 1 in 4 of all scald burns among children and is associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burns.

Some burns come from chemicals or beauty products.  Some people are burned by healthcare providers. There are numerous causes for burns and fires.

The results of a burn injury are often devastating, requiring long-term treatment and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a fire or burn, the parties responsible should be held accountable. Whether the accident occurred at home, at work, on the road or elsewhere, a New York burn injury attorney help victims obtain justice and fair compensation in their case.


The pain, trauma, disfigurement and loss of life that result from fires and burns are astronomical.  Burn injuries cost the victims and their families emotionally and financially. Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries. Sonin & Genis’ New York burn injury attorneys are experienced and trial-proven, and dedicated to providing all our clients the attention their cases deserve.

Burns are incredibly painful, burnt skin loses flexibility and movement. It is susceptible to skin cancer, is sensitive to sun, may require painful skin grafts, is deforming and disfiguring, and can result in profound psychological problems.

We are experts in assessing an individual’s present and future medical needs because we have the expertise to determine the impact of the injury. There are three types of burns that are classified in relation to depth.

The first category is the first-degree burn where the skin’s outer layer is usually affected. A second-degree burn affects the first and second skin layers and causes blistering, swelling and severe pain. Third degree burn cause even deeper damage, affecting the third layer of the skin where the injury appears white or black on the surface. The impact destroys the skins nerve endings, and may require excruciatingly painful skin grafts. The degree of this burn is likely to increase pulse rate and breathing problems.

Fire and burn cases can be complicated. It is often difficult to determine who is at fault. The New York burn injury attorneys at Sonin & Genis are here to help you take on the landlords, contractors, companies, product manufacturers and distributers, insurance firms, and government agencies which may try to keep you from obtaining proper compensation for your pain and suffering. Facing these entities requires a legal adviser with the resources and expertise to properly investigate the case and handle these issues efficiently and effectively.

Negligent causes for burn injuries include:

  • Inadequate, old, worn, eroded or overloaded wiring
  • Inadequate circuit breakers or old fuse boxes
  • failure to properly construct or build
  • failure to properly inspect
  • failure to properly maintain
  • failure to have proper fire safety doors, walls, and materials
  • failure to have proper fire extinguishers
  • failure to have proper and working smoke detectors
  • failure to have proper fire exits and fire escapes
  • failure to have proper standpipes
  • excessive electrical usage
  • failure to properly clean
  • improper storage or use of flammable materials
  • failure to maintain duct work and ventilation
  • infestation of rats, bugs and vermin that eat through walls, floors and ceiling, allowing fires and smoke to race through the building
  • defective products, devices and equipment
  • defective alarms
  • inadequate, broken or missing thermal regulators and control valves

Sonin & Genis’ has earned an excellent reputation over the past 30 years, and the lawyers representing the defendant know that we will fight long and hard. Our duty is to ensure that the verdict is in favor of the victim and the awards are appropriate. Our clients win their cases because we prove that their tragic burns were preventable and were caused by negligence.

Defective products, negligence, improper installation and maintenance of devices or premises and failure to have proper fire safety equipment and warning devices top the list of the causes of New York burn injuries. Sonin & Genis’ top team of Bronx personal injury lawyers excels at identifying the party or parties responsible and bringing them to justice.


Fire accidents happen at various places, and often when they are least expected, resulting in serious damage to persons and property. Many victims sustain injuries while at work, at home, or at public places due to electric faults, hazardous heating equipment and explosions. While the victims recover, their New York burn injury attorneys’ spring into action, investigating the accident, talking to witnesses and gathering evidence.

Our leading team of New York burn injury attorneys fights your battle with skill and relentless determination, ensuring you receive the outcome you deserve.

A New York burn injury lawyer has to consider source of a burn, where it is located, the victim’s age, degree of burn and the individual’s medical history. In some instances the circulatory, respiratory and the nervous system are affected, causing lifelong harm. When a person is burned the injuries take time to heal, sometimes requires surgery and the wounds are exposed and susceptible to infections.

Burn injuries are expensive in terms of hospital bills, working hours lost and the suffering a person is subjected to. A New York burn injury attorney seeks adequate compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, and future medical care.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows fire science, causes and origins of fire and explosions, the medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent fire science and safety, medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  We work with fire experts and former firefighters.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

It’s important to act quickly. If  you or your loved one has been burned due to the negligence of a municipality – whether a building, a school or day care center, a park, a sidewalk, a vehicle  –  that is owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or the Department of Education, a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], was improperly treated at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], on a train or bus involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Burn lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on burn injury accident cases