San Jose Scalding Burn Injury Attorneys

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Many scalding incidences involve simple carelessness or unlucky happenstance. For instance, you may accidentally turn your shower control the wrong way, or you may serve up what appears to be lukewarm, freshly microwaved food to your toddler only to discover after a burn injury that the center was heated to a scalding temperature.

In some cases, a third party, such as a negligent manufacturer or food server could be to blame. One of the most famous scalding lawsuits involved a woman who burned herself severely on a hot McDonald's coffee. As a result of a big verdict in her favor, the entire fast food industry changed its labeling protocols for hot drinks.

If you or a loved one has suffered a scalding burn, get the help you need from the San Jose personal injury lawyers at our firm. Call (800) 900-0863! We offer free case evaluations.

What You Need to Know About Scalding Burns

Scalding burns involve extremely hot steam or liquid. Children are at an increased risk for scald burns, due to the fact that they have thinner skin than adults. Some studies suggest that young children can get scalding burns from just 5 seconds of exposure to 140 degree water -- or from 30 seconds of exposure to 130 degree water.

A scald can burn deeper than a fire burn - that is, it may penetrate into the second and third layers of the skin (the dermis and hypodermis). Although hot vapors and liquids cause the majority of scalding cases; sometimes serious sunburns can also cause similar symptoms. Some studies suggest that over 112,000 people every year in the US go to the E.R. for scalding. 4 out of 5 victims are young children, physically impaired people, and elderly citizens.

Tips for Treating a Burn

To treat minor scald injuries, apply ice or extremely cold water to ease the pain and stop the damage to the skin. Don't apply cold water for too long, however, as that could numb the skin. It's generally advised not to break any blisters or use sprays, creams or butter, because these agents can stymie the body's natural healing process and potentially cause bacterial infection.

If you have a serious burn, seek medical assistance immediately. Call your local 911, or phone the US Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

When Someone Else is at Fault

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we can help you seek compensation regardless of the negligent party, including:

  • Appliance manufacturer
  • Untrained worker
  • Restaurant chain

For a thorough, free case evaluation about your scalding matter, please don't hesitate to connect with our experienced lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863 today.

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