Fireplaces, while often a source of warmth and comfort in a home, can also present serious danger to you and your children. Fireplaces with glass fronts can cause severe burns from just one second of direct contact with the glass.
Sealed glass-front gas fireplaces are the most common type of fireplace to cause burn injuries, especially to young children and toddlers. The glass can reach peak temperatures of 500 degrees, which is high enough to cause third-degree burns. Injuries can be so severe to the point of disfigurement, and often the burns require skin grafts.
According to pediatric burn studies, more than 2,000 children ages 5 and under have been burned by glass-front gas fireplaces over a 10-year period.
Fireplace manufacturers have neglected to properly warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products. They have also failed to provide additional safety measures, such as screens, guards, or other barriers to reduce the burn risk associated with glass fronts.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their fireplaces are safe for consumers. Parents should not have to worry about bringing dangerous products into their homes. Our law firm represents parents and their children who have suffered burns from glass-front fireplaces. We have won significant settlements for our clients and we will continue to do so until the problem is resolved.
If you have been burned by a glass-front fireplace, you may be able to file a lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the burn injury. This includes pain and suffering as well as scars and disfigurements caused by the burns. They also seek reimbursement of medical bills and expenses incurred due to the injuries.
Burn Injury Classifications
Burn injuries are classified in three tiers: first degree, second degree, and third degree.
First degree burns usually affect the outer layer of the skin. A first degree burn tends to be moist and red in color. A burn of this nature is generally resolved within one week.
A second degree burn is one that penetrates the outer layer of skin and extends to the deeper layer know as the dermis. Pressure on a second degree burn tends to produce red blanches. The burn is moist and pinkish. A superficial second degree burn should heal spontaneously, often within two weeks. However, sometimes, a second degree burn can run deeper into the skin. A burn of this nature will be dry and whitish in color. It will not produce red blanches with the application of pressure. A burn of this nature can take three to four weeks on average to heal. There is a risk that a deep second degree burn could leave scars.
The most severe burn is the third degree burn. This occurs when the burn has destroyed both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin and extends down into subcutaneous tissue. These burns are usually physically depressed, charred, and often are leathery in appearance. A third degree burn may not be as physically painful as the less severe categorizations, due to the amount of nerve endings that may have been destroyed. These burns are very serious in nature and often require skin grafting or other reconstructive procedures.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Fireplace Burn Injury Lawsuit?
If your child was burned by a glass-front fireplace, you may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering and medical bills.
In order to file a fireplace burn injury lawsuit, the burn injury must have been caused by contact with the glass on the front of the fireplace, and it must have required hospitalization. The victims in these cases are often young children, and the burns are often severe and require skin grafts
The attorney may need to know the brand name or manufacturer of the fireplace and glass front, but any brand or manufacturer can qualify for a lawsuit.
Who are the Best Rated Fireplace Burn Injury Lawyers?
Our legal team includes the most successful burn injury attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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