Steam And Water Burn Injuries

Elite Buffalo, New York Steam And Water Burn Injury Attorneys

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized as a Best Lawyer of America and New York Super Lawyer, and His Team of Highly Influential Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Victims of Steam and Water Burns in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Rochester, New York; Throughout New York State and Beyond.

Steam With Hot Water

While many burns are often caused by fire and hot objects, burn injuries can also be caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burns attributed to hot liquids or steam are called scalds. Scalds are responsible for approximately 33% to 58% of all the victims hospitalized for burns throughout the United States. According to the Burn Foundation, hot water at 150 ºF can cause third-degree burns in only one second. The severity of a scalding burn depends on the temperature of the steam or hot water, the extent of the burn, the location of the burn, and the length of time that the skin was in contact with the heat. Research conducted by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology demonstrated that while scalds may be almost invisible initially, these burns can penetrate the upper layer of the skin and cause severe damage to the lower skin layers.

Young children, disabled individuals, and elderly adults are the most frequent victims of steam and water burn injuries. These types of burns can cover large areas of the body and cause permanent damage. Steam and water burns often happen as a result of another’s negligence or recklessness. For example, when babysitters, daycare centers, or nursing homes fail to take reasonable steps to prevent children or elderly under their supervision from sustaining such burns, they can be found liable under the theory of negligence. If another’s carelessness or irresponsibility has caused you or a loved one to suffer a burn injury, it is crucial to understand your legal rights. We highly recommend consulting with our team of veteran attorneys to discuss the details of your case. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party may be the only way to start recovering and rebuilding your life.

Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has battled to obtain over $175 Million in verdicts and settlements for victims who were seriously injured in Buffalo, New York, and beyond. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of steam and water burn injury lawyers have witnessed the devastating consequences that these types of injuries can have on victims and ultimately their loved ones. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned team of highly experienced attorneys are determined, disciplined, and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for burn victims. Our honorable commitment to exceeding your expectations and delivering an excellent outcome is what sets us apart from the competition. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested team offers complimentary case evaluations and consultations. Jed Dietrich, Esq. would be honored to speak with you about your steam or water burn case. Call us today at (716) 839-3939 to find out how we can help you! We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!

Treatment For Steam And Water Burns Washing Hands

Although steam and water burns might not look as damaging as other types of burn injuries, it is important to never underestimate their severity. Even if your skin was only exposed to a hot vapor for a brief period and looks undamaged on the exterior, your lower skin layer may be severely burned. Thus, even if you are uncertain about the severity of the burn, it never hurts to err on the side of caution and seek treatment. If the scald is noticeably serious, you should call 911 immediately. It is crucial to take the following emergency treatment steps before the medics arrive, including:

  1. Get away from the steam or water source to prevent any further burning;
  2. Remove jewelry and clothing on or near the burned area, unless they are stuck to the skin;
  3. If the head, face, or eyes got burned, sit upright to help decrease swelling;
  4. Try to keep the scalded area elevated above heart level;
  5. Cool off the damaged area with cool water for 20 minutes or until help arrives;
  6. Resist the temptation to apply any ointments, salves, or creams;
  7. Cover the damaged area with a clean, dry bandage or cloth; and
  8. Maintain a close eye for any symptoms of shock, such as shallow breathing, fainting, dizziness, or pale skin. If you detect any indications, try elevating both the legs and feet.



Prevention Of Steam And Water Burns

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), as many as 85 percent of scalds take place in the home. Below we have included some helpful tips for decreasing the risk of suffering household steam and water burns:

  1. Never leave anything cooking on the stove or oven unattended;
  2. Turn the handles of pots and pans towards the back of the stove;
  3. Avoid holding or playing with children while cooking;
  4. Preclude from using unsecured tablecloths when young children are present;
  5. Keep all hot liquids away from children and pets;
  6. Do not drink hot beverages with a child in your lap;
  7. Never let young children use stoves or ovens;
  8. Restrict or oversee childrens’ use of microwaves;
  9. When moving hot water from the stove, use extreme caution and watch out for any potential trip hazards;
  10. Preclude from using area rugs near stoves and dinner tables;
  11. Set the thermostat of your water heater to below 120 ºF; and
  12. Always test the bath or shower water for a child.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s best of the best team is deeply committed to fighting for the rights of burn sufferers. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq., an acclaimed member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and his elite team of Buffalo, New York steam and water burn injury lawyers at least $1,000,000.00 or more 44 times to compensate his clients for their injuries. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for past and future medical expenses, permanent scarring, disfigurement, pain and suffering (both physical and mental), loss of enjoyment in life, lost wages, diminished future earning capacity, and all other damages related to your steam or water burn. The Dietrich Legal Team will zealously battle to attempt to obtain the best result for your scalding burn claim. If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious injury, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his elite team for a free consultation. Our exceptional team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (716) 839-3939, or by filling out the online consultation form. We are the aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking Western New York personal injury attorneys who are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve!

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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