Potential Burn Injury Arising from Recalled Home Equipment

- Thomas Cifarelli

A giant retailer of home improvement goods in the United States recently admitted that it continued to sell products even after they were recalled for various faults, including those which could cause burn injury.

The products include specific brands of: 

  • Garage door openers
  • Electric welding torches
  • Electric blower vacuums
  • Electric ranges with defective burners
  • Emergency light fixtures

If you recently purchased electronic products for your home, we recommend that you be aware of online news stories on the topic, and for announcements specific items that may have the potential to cause burn injury to you and your family.

Burn Injury Statistics 

A 2014 report of the American Burn Association showed that an estimated 486,000 burn injuries are being treated every year at burn centers all over the U.S. It also reported that a majority of burn injuries were sustained at home. Other places where they are most likely to be sustained are at work, on the street or highway, and during recreational activities. 

Depending on the circumstances of an accident, you may suffer severe burns such as damaged layers of skin tissue, muscle, nerves, and permanent scarring and disfigurement. Severe burns affecting a large portion of the body can also cause psychological damage due to extreme pain and suffering, and loss of self-esteem and confidence following disfigurement.

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident resulting in burns to the body, it’s important to seek all the help you can get from medical and legal professionals.

Claiming Compensation for Burn Injury 

After obtaining appropriate treatment for your injuries, you or your family should speak to your personal injury attorney who can determine the cause of your injury, the persons legally responsible for it, and the approximate value of compensation that you can claim against them. 

Compensation for burn injury can cover:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Damages for pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Damages for disfigurement 

In Southern California, the Cifarelli Law Firm, LLP is a trusted Orange County personal injury law office with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of injury cases, including burn injury. 

We have helped clients secure multi-million awards for injuries they sustained due to the negligence of other parties. Our attorneys also handle cases relating to pedestrian accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and nursing home abuse.

We invite you to call our offices at (949) 502-8600 to speak to an attorney about your situation. Initial consultations are free.