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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:
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).
What Kind of Damages Are Available in a Consumer Product Burn Lawsuit?
In a consumer product burn lawsuit, several types of damages may be available to the injured party, depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
These damages are designed to compensate the victim for the physical, emotional, and financial harm they have suffered due to the burn injury caused by a defective product.
The types of damages that may be available include:
- Medical Expenses: This category covers the cost of all medical treatment related to the burn injury, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and future medical expenses such as follow-up surgeries or ongoing care.
- Lost Wages: If the burn injury has resulted in the victim’s inability to work or has caused them to miss work while recovering, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and diminished earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: These damages compensate the victim for the physical and emotional pain, trauma, and suffering they have endured due to the burn injury. This can include not only the immediate pain but also the long-term effects of scarring and disfigurement.
- Disfigurement and Scarring: Compensation may be awarded for any permanent disfigurement or scarring resulting from the burn injury, as these can have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life and self-esteem.
- Punitive Damages: In cases where the manufacturer’s actions were particularly reckless or malicious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter future negligence.
It’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney to assess your specific case and determine which types of damages may be applicable and what evidence is necessary to support your claim.