BURN HAZARDS


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investigating consumer burn hazards & dangerous products

Each year in the United States, thousands of dangerous consumer products are recalled by federal safety agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Too often, dangerous products are recalled only after victims report injuries or after legal action has been imposed on the companies responsible for releasing the dangerous and defective products.

Commonly recalled and defective products that can lead to accidents and burn injuries include space heaters, pressure cookers, recreational vehicles, e-cigs, lithium battery packs, guns, cooking sprays and automobile components.

Following a burn injury where you suspect there was negligence or a product defect, contact an experienced catastrophic injury and product liability lawyer.

Consumer Fire & Burn Hazards

Understanding the pathophysiology of a burn is important for offering quality and effective legal counsel. Different causes lead to different burn patterns that can be critical for understanding how the event occurred and presenting the evidence in a compelling and persuasive manner.

Often in workplace explosion accidents and burn injury lawsuits, the burn victim is deceased or disabled and not able to describe precisely how the event occurred. Therefore, the pathophysiology of a burn injury may be critical evidence in the case, and all burn injuries should be documented with photographs immediately and as the burn is treated.

A variety of defective products can pose a fire and burn hazard to American consumers, including the following:

Joe Lyon has experience developing evidence in burn injury cases through the use of design engineers and medical professionals to present quality arguments on the plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in significant settlements to recover medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Common Types of Burn Injury

Burns may range from minor issues to life-threatening emergencies. Many people die each year from defective product-related burn injuries. Treatment of burns depends on body location and severity of the injury.

Deep or widespread burns require immediate medical attention. A basic classification of burn injuries looks like the following:

  • First-degree burn—a minor burn affects the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin. It may cause redness, swelling and pain. It usually heals with basic first-aid measures.
  • Second-degree burn—affects both the epidermis and the second layer of skin, the dermis. It may cause red and white skin, pain, and swelling. Blisters may develop, and pain can be severe. Scarring is likely.
  • Third-degree burn—reaches into the fat layer beneath the skin. Third-degree burns can destroy nerves, causing numbness.

Dangerous consumer products can pose fire hazards that can cause different types of burn injuries, including:

  • Thermal burns—caused by contact with flames, steam, or hot liquids. Thermal burns often result from household kitchen accidents involving pressure cookers or other defective appliances.
  • Flash burns—caused by explosions of natural gas, propane, gasoline and other flammable liquids. These burns can be caused by cooking sprays or defective recreational vehicles (ATVs).
  • Flame burns—caused by exposure to prolonged and intense heat, flammable liquids, automobile accidents, stoves, batteries and space heaters.
  • Scald burns—caused by hot liquids. Water, oil, grease and other hot liquids can cause serious burn injuries. Defective pressure cookers can lead to this type of injury.
  • Contact burns—caused by touching hot metals, plastics, glass or coals. These can be very deep and may result from auto defects, batteries or defective e-cig devices.
  • Chemical burns—sources of these burns are from acids in household products like bleach, ammonia, and other household cleaners (toilet bowl cleaner, swimming pool chemicals, oven cleaners).

Burn Hazards Lawsuits

A serious burn injury may leave permanent disfigurement and scarring, and the matter of compensation should be discussed with a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury claims.

The legal recourses from an accident will depend on the specific circumstances, and what kind of defective product caused the burn injury. In addition to punitive damages filed against a negligent manufacturer, a victim may deserve compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical costs, lost past and future earnings, and a loss of quality of life.

Compensation for burn injuries involve most of the same damages that encompass other personal injury cases. But since burn injuries can be extraordinarily painful and can lead to severe disfigurement, a liable defendant must compensate a plaintiff for physical pain the burn causes, and also the intense emotional pain a disfigured burn victim suffers with embarrassment, depression, or post-traumatic stress reactions likely caused by an accident and injury.

Litigation involving burn injuries often arises from more complex causes based in product liability or employer negligence. The origin of the cause of the injury will almost always requires forensic review.

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ABOUT THE LYON FIRM

Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.

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The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Consumer burn hazards

Why are these cases important?

Many product liability cases have had a positive impact on public health and consumer safety. We have witnessed improved lives and prevented future burn injuries as companies are forced to remove products, change designs and add warnings as a result of litigation.

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Questions about Burn Injury Lawsuits

Do i have a burn injury case?

If you have suffered an injury while using a product as it was intended, they product may be determined to be defective and you may file a product liability claim. Companies who fail to warn consumers and properly test their products may be forced to recall the product and compensate any injured party. 

can i sue a restaurant for a burn injury?

A restaurant may be liable for any injury caused by the negligence of management or individual staff that results in a serious injury. Contact our lawyers to review your restaurant burn injury case. 

can i sue my employer for an injury?

If your employer fails to properly train employees, post warnings, or provide a safe workplace, they may be liable for serious burn injuries that result. Workers Comp may not be adequate to pay for the injury and damages, and a lawsuit may be necessary. 

what are some common consumer burn hazards?

The Lyon Firm litigates cases that involve defective firearms, kitchen appliances, food and beverages, power tools, ATVS, automobiles, electronics, home heaters, and other consumer products. 

how much can i expect to recover in a burn injury case?

Every personal injury case is unique and will be evaluated carefully by our attorneys. We have the ability to work with industry experts and lawyers around the country to build the best case possible. Plaintiffs have been compensated for severe injuries, pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages and loss of quality of life. 

What are some recent consumer burn hazard recalls?
  1. On November 10, 2020 Kohl’s recalled around 512,000 SONOMA Goods For Life branded three-wick candles. The candle’s high flames may ignite the surface of the wax or cause the glass to break, posing fire and burn hazards. Kohl’s received at least 29 reports involving high flames and/or breaking glass containers with the three-wick candles, including five incidents resulting in burn injuries and six incidents involving property damage.
  2. Ring Video Doorbells have been recalled due to fire hazards. In November 2020, arund 350,000 Ring doorbells were recalled because the video doorbell’s battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards. Ring has received 85 reports of incorrect doorbell screws installed and 23 reports of doorbells igniting, resulting in property damage and minor burns.
     
  3. YETI is recalling Rambler® 20 oz Travel Mugs with Stronghold Lids because the magnet slider on the lid can eject and hot contents can spill out, posing injury and burn hazards.
     
    About 241,500 units were recalled after two reports of the magnetic slider on the Rambler  being ejected after being sealed with hot liquid.  

 

How to File Burn Injury Lawsuit

Defective products on the market present safety and burn hazards for adults and children. Cheap and defective products may pose fire and burn risks; electrocution, and severe health risks. The manufacturers of consumer products have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly design and test products before they are released.

Companies must also properly warn consumers of any burn hazards associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and burn injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their product liability lawyer.

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Burn Injury Settlements

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to consumer burn hazards to obtain just compensation under the law.

DEFECTIVE PROPANE WALL HEATER

WRONGFUL DEATH 

(Hillsboro, Ohio): Confidential Settlement for the family of elderly man who was catastrophically burned while operating a propane wall heater. The burns resulted in his unfortunate death. The heater, manufactured and sourced from China, was alleged to allow the flame to reach outside the grid area in violation of ANSI standards. The Defendant resolved the case following discovery and mediation. The recovered funds were paid to the victim’s surviving spouse and children. The company no longer manufactures this type of heater.


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