You will be surprised to know that fire accidents are among the leading causes of domestic deaths as well as industrial deaths in the United States. Close to 180,000 deaths due to fire are reported each year. It is older people and young children that are most vulnerable to injuries due to scalding and burns. Burns and scalds can be sustained in virtually any setting. The most commonly reported domestic incidents are due to fires from portable stoves, short circuits, butane grills, and scalding due to hot steam. Burn can also occur due to defective products as well as workplace irregularities. It is needless to say that burns and scalds are very painful and can take several weeks to heal. If the burns are very severe, the treatment will be more complicated and expensive. Listed below are a few things you must be aware of while filing a claim if you or someone you know of, has sustained grievous burn injuries.
The term “burn injury” encompasses many different types of scenarios and situations. While some of these happen in public spaces, many of them happen in the private living spaces of the injury victims. There are also various types of burn injuries that individuals can sustain, some of which result in emergency scenarios, while others are routinely caused by mis-calibrations of equipment or home appliances. Can kitchen tap water become hot enough to burn? Of course it can. It’s simply a question of how boilers and water heaters are set up. People tend to immediately think of scalding as something that happens in bathtubs, but scalding water certainly can come out of any faucet. And leaving a young child alone in the kitchen for even a short time can lead to a scalding incident, particularly if the water systems themselves weren’t established by a technician or engineer who understands water temperature safety.
We tend to think of burns as something that can occur due to a fire but may be avoided by staying away from an open flame and avoiding potential harm. However, many burn injuries do not involve contact with open flames. In fact, some people may not even realize that skin actually burns more quickly when applied to hot surfaces than it does in most open flames. So what really causes the average burn scenario? Having knowledge of the different types of common burn events will help injury victims to understand why these types of accidents happen and how they can be avoided.
Cases involving burn injuries are very serious. Such injuries can happen in New York homes, convalescent facilities or hospitals, businesses or various other types of scenarios. Burn victims can be of any age and many different types of injuries can stem from burns. Even a short period of contact with scalding hot water can produce significant burns on the body or face. These can require immediate and long-term treatment, and some of them may cause chronic health conditions, as well as disfigurement and scarring. A resource from the American Burn Association (ABA) discusses some facts about scalding burns and how they happen. Based on the fact sheet, the following types of people are at higher risk for scalding burns:
• Young children
• Elderly individuals
• Persons with disabilities
The ABA also points to some common conditions and situations where scalding burns may apply, including:
• Serving hot beverages
• Exposure to scalding tap water, often in baths or showers
• In workplace situations with high-temperature water for industrial processes In-depth research also shows higher risk for individuals with low socioeconomic status, possibly in relation to common housing scenarios.
The ABA estimates that tens of thousands of people are treated for burn injuries each year and that up to 15,000 children are hospitalized annually. This resource also provides a variety of tips on scalding water prevention, including precautions and safeguards in cooking areas, as well as common sense testing of bath or shower water.
Risk Factors in Scalding Burn Injuries
When considering a client’s burn injury case, many injury attorneys will seek to learn more about the way in which certain equipment is set up within a home or business. One of the most common issues concerns whether a hot water heater has sensible controls that limit the eventual temperature of tap water. Where these controls are not in place, tap water can become dangerously scalding hot very quickly. New York lawyers might also look at management protocols for boiling water on a stove in an enterprise care environment, such as a residential group home, nursing home or childcare facility. Prevention of burn injuries requires behavioral safety measures, as well as safe and sensible setups of plumbing and heating equipment by contractors. That is why a personal injury attorney who is brought in to look at burn injury situations will likely assess both of these areas of concern to see whether any third parties were responsible for contributing factors. Experienced attorneys do this to effectively represent their clients’ interests in court and try to get injury victims the compensation they will need for the costs of care and recovery. In New York City, the government regulates the maximum heat of tap and bath water in apartment buildings. In and around the five boroughs of New York City, residents who experience burn injuries can call the lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. We have won many hot water scald and burn cases and recovered millions of dollars in tax-free settlements for our clients. Our dedicated local legal teams will keep you informed about your case every step of the way and advise you with respect to your legal options for bringing a personal injury case.
Burns constitute some of the most painful type of injuries that people have to suffer. Of late, these injuries have been increasingly common. Some of the most important factors responsible for burn injuries are explosions, fires, scalding oils and liquids, chemical exposure, overheated equipment, and malfunctioning tanning beds. You may be entitled to financial compensation if you have been burned and injured on account of someone else’s negligence.
You may be entitled to financial compensation if you have been burned and injured on account of someone else’s negligence.