Burn Injuries Caused by Scalding Water
Although most Americans consider hot water to be a necessity, too hot of water can actually cause severe burns surprisingly fast. Water at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit can cause third-degree burns in just five seconds of contact, and once it reaches 160 degrees, water can cause similar burns in less than a second. This nearly instant skin damage can leave an injured individual in need of emergency medical care as well as ongoing treatment to repair and restore the skin.
Unfortunately, a leading cause of water scalding injuries is property owner carelessness, such as if a property owner fails to take care of plumbing issues that contribute to overly hot water. Residents of Lancaster who have been injured due to this or other types of property owner carelessness can talk to the Law Office of Bill Pelhan to learn more about their rights and options.
Consequences of Hot Water Burn Injuries
Property owners are responsible for keeping guests, residents, and employees from being exposed to dangerously hot water. Burst pipes, tap malfunctions, and other plumbing problems can accidentally expose a person to exceedingly hot water, potentially leading to second-or third-degree burns. The following damages may arise from these burn injuries:
- Permanent skin damage
- Loss of hair growth in the affected area
- Increased infection risks
- Possible amputation concerns, especially for severely burned toes or fingers
These kinds of traumatic injuries typically call for extensive medical care, often requiring months for the damaged skin tissue to eventually regenerate or accept a skin graft. This significant, long-term care can put an immense financial burden on an injured individual, but he or she may be able to seek compensation from the property owner at fault to help relieve this financial stress.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer in Lancaster
If you or someone you love has sustained a burn injury because of a property owner’s thoughtless actions or even inaction, there may be legal steps you can take to secure financial compensation for the costs associated with these injuries. To discuss your situation, contact an attorney from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today by calling 717-392-6362.