Pedestrians in Michigan are the victims of steam burn injuries due to hot steam coming though manhole covers on city sidewalks and streets.
The manholes that cause these injuries are scattered all over the Detroit and Grand Rapids downtown areas. In Detroit, the steam that has caused many of these injuries is a product of Detroit Thermal, LLC, a company that provides steam for heating and cooling to more than 140 buildings in downtown and midtown Detroit. In Grand Rapids, the steam comes from companies like Veolia Energy, which services over 130 customers in the city.
There are safety measures that can be taken to prevent these burn injuries, but the problem has been going on for years without being remedied. In 2011, an 11-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns due to scalding steam emanating from a Veolia Energy pipe in Grand Rapids.
These energy companies have failed to undertake proper safety measures, and the cities have 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.
Our law firm has represented many clients who were burned while walking in both downtown Detroit and Grand Rapids. If you have been burned by sewer steam while walking through these cities, we can help you too. You may be able to file a lawusit against the responsible energy company and/or the city.
The lawsuits seek compensation for the 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 Detroit or 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. The type of case determines the statute of limitations for the case.
If you miss a deadline, your burn injury claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan burn injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured by hot steam from a manhole cover.
Who are the Best Rated Michigan 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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Start Your Michigan Sewer Steam Burn Injury Claim
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Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Detroit and Grand Rapids sewer steam burn injury lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about Michigan burn injury claims.
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