Our qualified burn injury lawyer can speak with you about a variety of different type of burns and provide you with practical advice that can help you reach a settlement with liable parties. Keep in mind that there are many types of burns that cause personal injury and emotional damage. These burns may include the following:
Friction burns occur when two surfaces rub together causing heat. When skin is one of the two surfaces experiencing friction, the heat can be painful and lead to open sores and wounds that can become infected. Often, friction burns lead to bed sores, which can be difficult to treat on elderly patients. Even more, they can be painful, especially if they are in an area that comes in contact with a bed or a chair.
Hot Water Burns
Hot water may be difficult for all people to handle for long periods of time. However, when an elderly person comes in contact with hot water, he or she may be injured more quickly than a young person because of their delicate skin and because they may not be as sensitive to the hot water as younger individuals. It only takes a matter of seconds for an individual to be burned by hot water. Six seconds of exposure to 140-degree water and 30 seconds of exposure to 130-degree water is enough to cause third degree burns on many individuals. Often, nursing home, product manufacturers, and caretakers are liable when an elderly nursing home resident has been burned by hot water. Whether the burn is caused by lack of training, improperly installed hot water devices, or malfunctions, injured residents are entitled to compensation for their losses, pain, and suffering.
While many nursing homes are safe for individuals in all walks of life, some nursing homes do not have adequate staff or safety systems in place to protect nursing home residents from electrical burns. Often, patients with dementia will wonder into unsafe areas, such as a kitchen area, and become burned by stoves or ovens. In other cases, patients with dementia may come into contact with an electrical box that has not been properly secured shut. Electrical burns can be painful and serious.
Accidents occur every day involving fire. That’s why nursing homes are required to have certain safety mechanisms in place to protect residents from a fire in a nursing home. These mechanisms are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and have been in place since 2005.
For example, there should be a smoke detector in all rooms of a nursing home. Additionally, sprinkler systems should engage when smoke enters into an enclosed area within the building. Moreover, all nursing home should have an evacuation plan in effect to quickly and safely move residents out of a nursing home – especially when residents are unable to do so themselves.
When any of these safety systems fails, nursing home residents can become severely burned and debilitating.
Unfortunately, some nursing home residents are the victims of abuse or negligence. Cigarette burns are one example of how nursing home residents may be mistreated. Cigarette burns are not only painful, but they can cause skin lesions that may then become infected or worsen.