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Airplane Burn Injury – Scalding Injury -Due to Hot Drink – Coffee / Tea / Hot Water

Being in an airplane can be exciting, looking around and enjoying the flight, and anticipating arriving at your chosen destination. But airplane travel can also be hazardous, when the flight attendant spills hot drinks on you, causing burn injuries. Scalding burns from hot beverages such as: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup, broth or hot water can hurt the uppermost layers of your skin. This can cause first, second and third degree burns to form on your skin, as a result of this type of accident. Burn injuries are typically extremely painful.

If a liquid nearly boiling (from a microwave) and is at a temperature of 180-185 degrees Fahrenheit, this is hot enough to scald the sensitive layers of the skin. Water can boil at around 211.9 degrees Fahrenheit, which means scalding hot water from the flight attendant being spilled on you is going to be extremely painful and cause a scald burn on your skin.

Burn Injury Spilling on You Given by an Air-Attendant/Flight Attendant

You can be seriously burned by a flight attendant or air-attendant burning you with a hot liquid. The liquid can be poured on you by accident, during the flight, before the flight or after landing the flight. You can have a liquid poured onto you on your:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Lap
  • Face
  • Fingers
  • Knees
  • Chest
  • Shoulders

Skin injuries from a scald and burn injuries may stick to the clothing, and become quite painful to remove the clothing at the emergency room of a hospital for treatment. In this way, you will suffer the injury two times: once when it happened, and again when emergency services healthcare personnel try to debride the wound and clean the injured skin areas to prevent infections.

Burns Affect All Areas of the Body, Not Just the Burn Site

If you are burned by scalding hot water, you can also experience cardiovascular dysfunction as well. A burn injury can cause many different issues for someone being burned by hot water, including:

  • Becoming unconscious
  • Going into a coma
  • Going into shock
  • Developing a serious infection
  • Having open wounds
  • Developing burn shock
  • Developing cardiac problems
  • Skin necrosis
  • Necrotic tissues
  • Pulmonary issues
  • Gut reactions to the infection
  • Inflammation signals
  • Death
  • Capillary occlusion
  • Nutritional deficits can develop
  • Post-burn pyrexia
  • Development of bacteria, fungi or yeasts
  • Development of cellulitis and sepsis
  • Developing Type I herpes simplex virus from a burn wound infection

If you have been burned by a flight attendant spilling a hot liquid onto you, you will want to get immediate attention for your wounds to prevent the development of infections.

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The Flight Attendant Must Ask You If You Want a Lid, and They Must Provide a Lid When Asked

A flight attendant is responsible to keep safe all of the passengers who are traveling on the airplane, during the entire course of the flight. The time to avoid and prevent a burn injury from scalding water from hurting a passenger, is to prevent the accident from happening in the first place. If you ask for hot tea on an airplane, the flight attendant should offer to give you a top or cap on the hot liquid. Unfortunately, they almost never do give you the top to cover the liquid, even though safety would dictate that one slight bump in turbulence and the liquid is definitely going to spill. It is unfortunate, that injuries can be catastrophic when you are scalded with hot water on an airplane, and no one anticipates that when flying on a trip destination.

Do I Have a Case?

Yes, you have a case if you are burned by hot liquids accidentally poured on you in-flight as you are flying on an airplane. You did not expect that you would go onto your flight to be scalded by hot water, but if that happened, you need to initiate a lawsuit on the merits of your case.

Can I Sue the Airline?

Yes, we can sue whatever airline you were traveling on, in the event that one of their employee flight attendants were negligent, and spilled hot liquid onto you causing you burns. You can talk about your case with our Los Angeles case lawyers, when you give us a call today. We are in the beneficial position to help you, and can file a lawsuit on your behalf based on the merits of this claim. You can call today to talk directly to our case attorneys in Los Angeles, who can sue for you and get you the recovery compensation that you deserve in this type of case.

List of Major Airlines in the United States

You might have been injured on a private plane, or on many of the different major airlines that crisscross the United States in the air every day. You could have been injured on any of the following airlines, including:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Republic Airways
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • Envoy Air

Let us accelerate your claim for you, and get a lawsuit filed right away. As you are healing from your burn personal injuries, let us get a winning strategy together to get you the recovery compensation package that you need for a full recovery from your burns. Just call us today to start the process right now.

Where Do I File a Lawsuit, in What Jurisdiction?

You will want to call us to determine where to file a lawsuit and in what jurisdiction will apply in this case. If the airplane is in the air, there will likely be federal laws that apply to the accident. This is because the federal government has an exclusive sovereignty over the airspace over the United States and its territories. For this reason, Congress has determined that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has noted that the navigable airspace over our country is regulated by the Congressional order 49 U.S.C. § 40103(b)(1). If you are injured on the ground in an airplane, that state where the plane is landed will have authority over that jurisdiction in most cases.

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You can have a free second opinion right now, when you give us a call at the DTLA Law Group. You can be connected with a lawyer with firm specialty in burn injuries from scalding water on an airline flight. There’s no need to cut corners on this one, when you can talk directly to the lawyers who can help with your personal injury burn case. Just call the experienced attorneys in Los Angeles at the DTLA Law Group today.

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You can feel comfortable to call us at the DTLA Law Group today, to get a free consultation from our attorneys. Our legal team is here for you, and ready to discuss your case with you right now.


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