I’m sorry to hear about your accident. You are not alone – it’s been estimated that over 100,000 people a year in the U.S. are burned by scalding water caused by a hot water heater being set too high. Many of these victims are under the age of 14 or are elderly.
Victims of hot water burns who are injured in hot tubs, showers, or bathtubs may have right to file a claim against the responsible parties that were negligent by providing unsafe water temperatures. Some of the parties that could be responsible include the manufacturer of the hot water heater, the building’s contractor, and any companies that were hired to maintain the hot water tank, faucets, or plumbing lines.
If a person is exposed to very hot water that has been overheated by a hot water heater, it takes less than five seconds to receive a serious third degree burn from the hot water. Young children under the age of five are at the greatest risk of sustaining a serious injury from the hot water that can lead to death. It’s been estimated that about a quarter of all burns involving children are from accidents involving hot tap water.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that families lower their hot water tank temperature settings to no higher than 120 degrees. Even at that temperature, a skin can receive a second-degree burn, but it takes a much longer time, which allows the opportunity to get out of hot water before skin is damaged. In addition, hot water valves in the home should be changed to anti-scald devices that can interrupt water flow after temps reach a specific level. Bathwater should be tested by an adult before putting a child into the tub.
Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm if you wish to speak to an attorney about your hot water burn accident. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.