Property Owner Negligence and Burn Injuries
Property owners and managers need to take whatever reasonable precautions they can to prevent a guest, resident, or worker from sustaining an otherwise avoidable burn injury. Burn incidents, from fire-related burns to chemical burns, can be caused by a wide range of mistakes, and it’s the property owner’s responsibility to minimize the possibility of an injury by taking the appropriate property management steps. Failing to do so may result in serious accidents, and negligent property owners can be held accountable for the ensuing damages.
Burn Injuries From Unsafe Premises
Property owners can install fire prevention systems or establish safety protocols to prevent serious burn injuries on their properties. If they don’t maintain a strong commitment to safety, innocent people can suffer in accidents that may cause severe burns. The following may be considered the responsibility of a property owner:
- Fire-related burns that could have been avoided with adequate alarms, sprinkler systems, and well-marked exits and evacuation protocol
- Electrical burns caused by faulty or unsheathed wiring
- Contact burns caused by uncovered or unmarked heat sources
- Hot water and steam burns caused by broken pipes or boiler room explosions
- Chemical burns caused by improper storage of dangerous materials
Burn injuries can leave affected individuals with significant medical expenses and other financial burdens that can quickly become overwhelming. However, there may be legal means to fight for compensation for these costs from the negligent property owner at fault.
If you’ve sustained a burn injury on someone else’s property due to his or her negligence, there may be legal options available for you to consider. A successful premises liability claim may help you recover compensation for your injury-related costs, including medical bills and wages lost during recovery. For a free consultation regarding your legal options after an injury, contact a lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057.