Household fireplaces are fondly known as a source of heat and comfort. While open flames are widely respected as inherently dangerous, many people are unaware that fireplace injuries can be the result of defective products.
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Dangers of Glass Fireplace Doors
The temperature of a glass fireplace door can reach between 446°F and 1,328°F within industry standards, depending on the type of glass used. Glass doors can remain dangerously hot for up to an hour after flames are out. Unfortunately, people generally do not realize this surface can reach such elevated temperatures, leading to accidental burns.
Children five years old and younger are especially vulnerable to burns involving glass fireplace doors. They have a natural instinct to touch and explore, and fireplace flames tend to be at eye-level for toddlers. Every year, hundreds of devastating fireplace burns result in serious pain, disfigurement and disability.
Fireplace Burns Caused by Explosions
Certain natural gas fireplaces pose a risk of explosion due to gas building up in the units burner. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a 2014 nationwide recall of Kozy Heat, Ambiance and Stellar Hearth Products fireplaces due to malfunctions in the main control module installed in these units. A fireplace explosion can cause severe burns, as well as extensive property damage.
Fireplace Burn Injuries
Burns to the hands are most common injury associated with glass fireplace doors. Direct contact with an extremely hot surface can cause second, third, and fourth degree burns. Fireplace burns often require extensive treatment, which may include hospitalization or skin graft surgery. Not only are burns are painful, treatment therapy can be painful, as well.
Burn treatment is very expensive, and medical care is usually needed for many months. Ongoing rehabilitation may be necessary to improve function of burned hands or other areas of the body. In severe cases, permanent disability may result from fireplace burns.
Prevent Fireplace Burns
If you have a glass fireplace door, check if the manufacturer offers a retrofit safety screen.
Surround your fireplace with a freestanding protective guard or screen.
Do not use the fireplace when children are present. Never leave a young child alone with an operating or hot fireplace.
Have your fireplace and its safety controls inspected regularly to ensure all controls are functioning properly.
Fireplace Burn Lawsuits
Many lawsuits have been filed as a result of burns caused by defective fireplace products, often on behalf of a child. Treatment for burns can be intensive and ongoing, affect physical development and coordination skills, and result in permanent disability. Filing a fireplace burn lawsuit can help recover compensation for injuries.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical care, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred due to injuries caused by a defective fireplace product. If a defective fireplace product damaged your home and belongings, the manufacturer may be held liable for the property damage and you may be able to recover for expenses associated with this damage. A personal injury lawyer will be able to inform you whether to pursue your claim, and will work to build a case against responsible parties.
Contact an Injury Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one has suffered severe burns caused by contact with a fireplace or its accessories, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At the Arnold Law Firm, we have a proven track record of success and will review the details of your claim free of charge.
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