Pedestrians in Downtown Detroit are the victims of steam burn injuries due to hot steam coming though manhole covers on city sidewalks and streets. The problem has been going on for several years and has never been fixed, despite a large number of report injuires. 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.
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. There are safety measures that can be taken to prevent these burn injuries, but apparently the company has failed to undertake those measures. As a result, these burn injuries will continue to occur to pedestrians walking on city sidewalks and streets.
Our law firm has settled a number of these burn cases from clients who were burned while walking in both downtown and midtown Detroit. These injuries are much more common in the summer months when pedestrian traffic is the greatest and families are visiting the City of Detroit for summer events. Most pedestrians walk over these manholes in the center of the sidewalk, rather than walking in a busy street to avoid them. The manholes that cause these injuries are scattered all over dowtown Detroit, from Greektown to Midtown to the New Center Area.
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 Michigan Steam Burn Injury CaseThe 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, whether it is a slip and fall accident, lead poisoning, or birth injuries, for example, determines the statute of limitations for the case. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan personal injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured in an accident.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Burn Injury CasesWe will represent you in your Michigan burn injury case under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Detroit Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member have sustained a hot steam burn injury from walking over a Detroit manhole cover, you should contact our Michigan burn injury lawyers immediately to start your claim. Our office will start working on your case immediately to win you the highest possible settlement.
To learn more about your legal rights after a steam burn injury from a Detroit manhole cover, call us now at (888) 797-8787 to speak with one of our experienced lawyers.
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