The headlines frequently include stories about the catastrophic injuries that victims suffer due to defective products and, unfortunately, horrific burns are among the most severe cases. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with protecting the public against unreasonable risks of injury and fatalities linked to defective products, but the agency’s role is regulatory: There is little the CPSC can do to compensate burn victims for their losses, which may include medical bills, lost wages, and considerable pain and suffering.
However, you may be able to pursue the manufacturer or associated companies to recover for your losses, and an experienced burn injury attorney can explain your options. It may also be helpful to review the common sources of burns from defective products and what to do if you are a victim.
Common Sources of Burn Injuries from Defective Products
Considering the wide range of products that consumers use or interact with on a regular basis, there is an almost-infinite number of sources that can lead to burn injuries. Some of the more common products that may contain a flaw include:
- Kitchen appliances, such as stoves, ovens, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, air fryers, and other items intended for use in the kitchen;
- E-cigarettes, Personal Vaporizers, and similar devices that are battery-powered to produce a vapor;
- Cell phones, pagers, tablets, and personal gaming devices;
- Hoverboards and similar toys intended for children;
- Almost any other device that is powered electrically or by a battery.
In some cases, a flaw in the manufacturing or design of a product is obvious. You may detect a strange smell, the product stops working, or you notice that a device is not operating correctly. However, spotting hidden defects in products is difficult or impossible. It is for this reason that products liability law holds a manufacturer responsible for defects because that company is in the best position to identify and remedy a flaw that may lead to an unreasonable risk of burn injury.
What To Do If You Experience a Burn Injury from a Defective Product
Your first priority after suffering a burn from a malfunctioning product is to seek medical attention. The treatment will depend upon the severity of your burn injuries, which medical professionals classify into three categories:
- First Degree: Affects only the outer layer of the skin, causing redness and minor pain;
- Second Degree: Impacts the first and second layers of skin, leading to blisters, excruciating pain, and scarring; and,
- Third Degree: Penetrates into the fat layers beneath the skin, cause extensive nerve damage, and usually requires skin graft surgery.
Contact a Dedicated Burn Injury Lawyer About Burns from Defective Products
After you obtain proper medical care, your next step should be to discuss your burn injury with an experienced lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses, which may be significant when you consider the severe nature of burn injuries. To schedule a free, no obligations consultation, please contact the Columbia product liability lawyers at Walker Morgan. Our lawyers have been fighting for the rights of burn injury victims for decades, and we will pursue all potential parties linked to a defective product.