Due to hot steam rising through the holes in the manhole covers, dozens of pedestrians have suffered burn injuries to their legs, ankles, and feet.
The steam that has caused many of these injuries is a product of companies like Veolia Energy, a company that provides steam for heating and cooling to more than 130 customers in Grand Rapids. In 2011, an 11-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns from scalding steam emanating from a manhole cover. The hot steam came from a busted pipe owned by Veolia Energy.
There are safety measures that can be taken to prevent these burn injuries, but apparently the energy companies have failed to undertake those measures, and the city has failed to enforce them. As a result, both residents and visitors to the city have continued to suffer injuries from the hot steam rising through the manhole covers. These injuries will continue until proper safety measures are instituted.
Our law firm represents pedestrians who have suffered burns due to the lack of safety measures surrounding manhole covers. 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 manhole cover steam, you may be able to file a lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the steam 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.
Statute of Limitations For A Grand Rapids Steam Burn Injury Case
The procedures for filing claims and lawsuits are different virtually everywhere and the time limitations for filing personal injury claims isn't always the same. Depending on what type of case it is, the statute of limitations for the case will differ.
If you miss a deadline, your burn injury claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Grand Rapids burn injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured in by steam from a manhole cover.
Who are the Best Rated Grand Rapids Sewer Steam 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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Don't be concerned about the money you might need to hire a lawyer. You can afford to have the best burn injury law firm on your side without paying a penny out of your pocket. It literally costs nothing to get started and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:
- No money to hire us or get started on your case
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Start Your Grand Rapids Sewer Steam Burn Injury Claim
There are three ways to get started on your burn injury case today to get the settlement you deserve. You can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. A burn injury attorney will contact you shortly.
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Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Grand Rapids sewer steam burn injury lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about the Michigan burn injury claims.