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Cedar Rapids Contact Burn Lawyer
The most common cause of contact burns is coming into direct contact with a hot surface. Contact burns may result from the unintentional touching of a hot surface or from another individual’s malicious forcing of a hot surface or item upon a victim. Thermal contact injuries can be caused by interaction with a scalding hot liquid, a heated surface, or extremely hot steam. If you have been a contact burn victim as a result of another person’s carelessness, then you have the right to claim financial compensation for your losses.
Severe contact burns can be disfiguring and even disabling. Those who suffer contact burns as a result of someone else’s actions may have the right to take action against the responsible party. Call the Cedar Rapids contact burn lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., today at (319) 294-4424 to discuss your legal options.
Causes of Contact Burns
There are a number of common thermal contact burn sources. The following may pose burn dangers:
- Electric stoves and ovens
- Automobile exhaust pipes
- Coals, sparks, or ashes
- Electric heaters
- Boiling water or liquid
If an individual is not warned of the temperature of an object – such as in the Liebeck vs. McDonald’s coffee burn cause – he or she may inadvertently suffer serious thermal contact burns. Malicious behavior, such as holding a cigarette against another person’s skin, may also cause a severe contact burn. These cases are acts of negligence and malintent, and the victims may have a right to press charges.
Dangers of Contact Burns
Contact burns, like other burn injuries, have the potential to destroy the affected area of skin or underlying tissue. These burns can be particularly dangerous because the contact surface may stick to the skin for a prolonged period of time before the victim is able to free him or herself from it (such as in the case of scalding hot water). When this phenomenon happens, the burn may damage tissue all the way down to the bone level. This can cause permanent scarring, disfiguring, or even disability in the victim.
If you have suffered a contact burn as a result of someone else’s negligence or malicious intent, then you have the right to take action against the party at fault. Contact the Cedar Rapids contact burn lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C. today at (319) 294-4424 to speak with a qualified attorney about your case.