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Hot Water Heater Burn Injuries

The Michigan burn injury lawyers at our firm often investigate faulty hot water heaters or improperly set and installed hot water heaters as the source of a scalding burn injury.  Burn injuries often result in serious injuries, including significant scars and disfigurement.
Hot water heaters, which can be set to heat water to well above 150° F, often cause these serious burn injuries because consumers, and even property owners, simply do not understand the water temperatures that can cause significant burn injuries to bathers.Toddlers and young children are at the highest risk of being scalded by hot water.   Also extremely vulnerable to scalding injuries are people with decreased skin sensation due to other medical conditions, like spinal cord injury patients with quadriplegia. 
It is easy to receive third degree burns from exposure to hot tap water, which comes from not only hot drinks and pots cooking on the stove, but from bath water.  An approximate one-second exposure to 160° F water will result in third degree burns. Where the water is 130° F, an approximate half-minute exposure will result in third degree burns.   This is the reason that the Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that water heaters be set to a maximum temperature of 120° F, even though an approximate ten minute exposure to water heated to this temperature can result in third degree burns.
A safe temperature for hot water is 110° F, which exposure to results in third degree burns in approximately ten hours.  Even though this is a 'relatively-safe' temperature, exposure to water set at 110° F is painful; the human pain threshold is around 106-108° F.  It is important to remember that 212° F is the boiling point of water, meaning that the temperatures at which exposure to water will result in burns is much less than the boiling point of water.
If you or a family member have sustained a serious burn injury, you should contact our Michigan burn injury lawyers to determine whether a Personal Injury claim should be pursued.  We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for burn injury clients.
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We represent Michigan burn injury clients in Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Troy, Warren, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing, East Lansing, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Rochester, Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Birmingham, Ferndale, Flint, Novi, Pontiac, Troy, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, Waterford, Wayne, Dearborn, Westland, Canton, Monroe, Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens, Livonia, Grayling, Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores, Brighton, Adrian, Allen Park, Clinton, Hamtramck, Northville, Garden City,  Southgate, Harrison, Holland, Inkster, Allen Park, Belleville, Jackson, Madison Heights, Mount Pleasant, Oak Park, Okemos, Plymouth, Redford, Roseville, Romulus, Taylor,  Wyandotte, Wyoming, Traverse City, Ypsilanti, Bad Axe,  Northern Michigan, as well as residents of Wayne County, Kent County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Genesee County, Huron County, St. Clair County, Monroe County, Ingham County, Saginaw County, Livingston County, Lenawee County and all other Michigan counties.

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