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Thermal burns caused by hot water or steam are known as scalding burns. Scalds can be extremely painful, slow to heal, cause permanent disfigurement and can happen more quickly and easily than you might expect.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious scalding burn from contact with hot water or steam, the NYC personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We have operated in New York City since 1922, and we have experience with such cases.

How Do Hot Water Burn Injuries Occur in New York?

Scalding injuries are caused by hot liquid, including hot beverages and food. The risk of an accident can be created by various forms of careless or negligent behavior.

  • Plumbing – A landlord can fail to pay sufficient attention to the hot water system in a building, in particular, the mandated limits to hot water heat. Certain irregularities in plumbing systems, if not corrected can suddenly change the hot water/cold water mix, resulting in an unexpected rush of scalding water. This can occur in a bathtub or shower, or at a sink.
  • Careless handling of hot liquids – A server, co-worker, or other can pay insufficient attention to what is going on around them while they are in possession of very hot liquids.
  • Steam radiators – A faulty steam radiator can release scalding steam. Older models operate at especially high temperatures and must receive regular maintenance.
  • Car radiators – If someone removes a radiator cap when a radiator has overheated, the liquid can explode out of the radiator, burning the face, arms, chest, and hands.

Were you recently burned in any of these situations? If so, you might have a personal injury case on your hands. Speak to one of our NYC hot water burn injury attorneys to learn more.

Who Are the Most at Risk for Sustaining a Hot Water Burn?

At a temperature of 140 degrees F, water can injure you in five seconds; at a temperature of 160 degrees F, it only takes one second. Anyone can be injured by scalding hot water, but certain groups are at particular risk: young children, those with disabilities and the elderly. The reasons for this include:

  • Slow reaction time – As noted, a hot water burn can happen very rapidly. These groups may not have the experience or awareness to realize what is happening to them as quickly others or may not be able to move their body away from the heat source as rapidly, prolonging the exposure.
  • Thinner skin – The very young and the old have thinner skin, which is more susceptible to injury. In just three seconds of exposure to water at 140 degrees F, a child under four can sustain third-degree burns that may require hospitalization or skin grafts.

Our New York City Hot Water Burn Injury Attorneys Represent Scald Burn Victims

If you have been a victim of a scalding accident that was the result of reckless or negligent behavior by another, our attorneys can help you rebuild your life. You may be eligible for compensation for costs such as:

  • Medical bills, including treatment, surgery and any ongoing care or rehabilitation
  • Lost wages and lost future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

Your ability to achieve the settlement you deserve is dependent on how well your case is investigated, documented and executed. The experienced professionals at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP understand what it takes to prevail in such cases. Contact us today for help – your initial consultation is free, and we operate on a contingency fee basis.