When you purchase an appliance to use in your household, you should never have to worry about whether or not it will cause harm to you or your family. Unfortunately, there are times when a defective appliance can cause significant burn injuries. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our San Francisco defective appliance burn injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case so we can secure full compensation for your claim.
Why Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?
After sustaining a serious burn injury caused by a defective product, you need an attorney with extensive experience handling product liability cases. Let Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger help today.
- Our San Francisco burn injury attorneys have been helping injured clients for more than six decades, and we are one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the country.
- We have no problem taking a case all the way to trial if that is what is necessary to secure full compensation for our clients.
- We take all San Francisco defective appliance burn injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our clients pay no legal fees until after we secure the compensation they deserve.
Types of Defective Appliances That Can Cause a Burn
Most people understand that there are various appliances that can cause burns. However, there are times when kitchen or other household appliances are poorly designed or have been damaged during manufacturing. This can lead to them not functioning properly and causing serious burns to consumers. Appliance that can cause burn injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Stoves and ovens
- Space heaters
- Floor and wall heaters
- Washers and dryers
- Ceiling fans
- Pressure cookers
- Air fryers
- and more
There are various ways that appliances can cause burn injuries to a consumer. This can include:
- Electrocution. If an appliance has not been designed correctly or has been damaged in manufacturing, the wiring could malfunction and cause a consumer to be electrocuted.
- Hot surfaces. While it is understood that many appliances create heat, there are times when a product malfunctions and stays hot longer than it should or gets much hotter than intended.
- No safeguards. Many products are designed to turn off after a certain period of time or inactivity. Others should have guards in place to keep adults or children from accidentally sustaining a burn.
- Explosions. Faulty wiring or overheating could lead to explosions. These incidents often cause serious burns as well as other traumatic injuries.
Regardless of how a burn injury occurs due to a defective appliance, these injuries can be severe. In particular, third- and fourth-degree burns can cause significant scarring or disfigurement and affect a victim’s mobility.
Who Can Be Held Liable in These Cases?
It may be possible to hold negligent companies or manufacturers liable in the event it is proven that a product defect caused a burn injury. However, please note that California has a two-year statute of limitations in place for these cases. Failure to file a claim within this two-year window could result in a victim being unable to recover compensation for their losses.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available?
If you or somebody you love has sustained a burn injury caused by a defective product or appliance, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are going to devote our resources to investigating your claim so we can secure the following on your behalf:
- Coverage of all medical expenses related to the burn injury
- Recovery of lost income if you could not work while recovering
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against the product company or manufacturer
We have extensive experience helping clients recover compensation after being injured due to a defective product. If you need a San Francisco defective appliance burn injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 981-7210.