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Scald Burns

Scald Burn Injuries

Scald burns (which may also be referred to as hot liquid burns) are common and can be very serious in nature. These burns can be caused by hot foods, hot drinks, steam, and improperly set water heaters. If you’ve been seriously injured by a scald burn due to someone else’s negligence, the burn injury attorneys at Walker & Morgan can provide competent and trustworthy legal services and will advise you on every aspect of your case.

Definition of Scald Burns

Scald burns are thermal burns that occur when very hot liquids come into contact with or are splashed on the skin. Hot water, coffee, tea, soup, and steam are all hot enough to cause a serious scald burn injury. Liquid with a temperature of 140 degrees can cause a third degree burn within five seconds. Kirk Morgan and Billy Walker, our South Carolina burn injury attorneys, are experienced in dealing with cases involving severe scald burns.

Where Scald Burns Happen

Scald burns can happen in the home, at a restaurant, or at the workplace. Below are some examples of where scald burns can happen:

  • Workers in a restaurant can get scalded by deep fryers if safety training and precautions aren’t taken. These types of scald burns are particularly serious because oil tends to stick to the skin longer and is usually heated above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Guests at a hotel can be scalded in the shower due to improperly configured water heaters
  • Children at daycare can be exposed to hot foods or liquids if they are not properly supervised
  • A guest at a restaurant can be scalded if hot food is improperly served or spilled
  • Factory workers can be exposed to scalding steam or liquids (oil, water, grease, etc) due to spills, faulty equipment, or lack of safety training/precautions.
  • A tenant in an apartment or rented home may find that their water temperature for shower and bath fixtures is regulated in a way that violates local statutes and/or regulations

If you’ve been burned due to another person’s or business’s negligence, you may be able to recover medical costs. Contact our offices for a free consultation.

Causes of Scald Burns

Scald burns are the most common burn injury to children under four years old. These injuries may occur when parents or caregivers are in a hurry or distracted and do not take appropriate preventive measures. Most scald burns occur in the kitchen, such as from microwave steam or hot liquids being pulled off a stove. A scald burn injury can also occur when a hot water heater is set too high by a landlord or another person. Hot water heaters should be set at 120 degrees maximum, but many hot waters heaters are set at 140 degrees or more.

If you or a loved one has received a scald burn due to someone else’s negligence, please contact our South Carolina burn injury attorneys.

Disclaimer: The above is a list of some recent settlements and verdicts the law firm has obtained. This list should not be considered by you as a representation that the same results can be obtained in your case nor as a guarantee of a specific result for your case. Every case is different and must be evaluated on its own merit. Results vary depending on the specific facts of legal circumstances of each person’s case.


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