People use electric blankets at night on cold evenings, when the heat in their homes does not cut the mustard. An electric blanket can chase the chill away, and no one using it expects to be a burn victim in the morning after using an electric blanket on the bedding the night before.
An electric blanket is meant to have several settings, safety measures to turn off if it is not being used consistently during the night, and to not be defective and overheat the person using it while the individual is sleeping. If the electric blanket overheats, it can cause serious burns to the people sleeping underneath it. The reason that there are burns is that the sleeping person is unconscious during deep sleep, and may not realize that the blanket is overheating or heating up too high causing serious burns to the individual’s skin. The burns that can come from an electric blanket can be severe, and can even lead to heat-stroke or death.
How Much Do These Cases Settle For?
The value of an electric blanket burn injury is going to depend on the severity of the burns received from the electric blanket. These cases can settle anywhere from $50,000 to over $1 million, depending on the burns, the location and where on the body the burns are noted. Also important are whether the burns lead to a disability, further surgeries, skin grafting being a necessity or to a death.
Types of Burn Injuries from an Electric Blanket
Burn injuries can be severe injuries suffered by someone who is burned by an electric blanket. Adult burn injuries are estimated by the percentage of the body that has experienced the burn. The diagnosis of how much someone is burned over the person’s body is a formal medical diagnosis. But you can determine the practical calculation of a percentage of body surface burned using this general formula. The outstretched palm of your hand is around 1% of the body, and that can be used to determine what percentage of a person’s body is burned by the electric blanket.
Degree Burns Explained
Burns are also measured in how deeply the person is burned by the electric blanket. If there is a first, second or third-degree burn, there will be different types of accompanying damage to the person’s skin.
First Degree Burns– In a first-degree burn, the skin is intact, it is more like a painful sunburn.
Second Degree Burns – In a second-degree burn, the outer layer of the skin is damaged, and the injury can go deeper into the skin.
Third Degree Burns – These burns involve all three layers of the epidermis of the skin. It is a hard, dry painless burn that can affect the blood vessels.
Fourth Degree Burns – This type of burn involves all layers of the skin, subcutaneous fat tissue and deep muscle and tendon layers. The skin has a charred or carbonized feel and look to it with this type of burn. Fourth degree burns will require extensive treatments, skin grafting and also current and future plastic surgeries to repair, replace and reconstruct facial and bodily tissues back into place to allow the person to have a normal life after this type of treatment.
If you have suffered from first, second, third or fourth degree burns from the use of an electric blanket, then you need to call our law office today. We will be able to talk to you about your claim, and initiate a lawsuit on the merits of your case. It is difficult to imagine that an electric blanket can cause so much ruckus, but it can also kill someone too, if it overheats while you are sleeping. No one expects an electric blanket to be like a coffin when it is used to heat the bed while you are sleeping, but you can die from an overheated electric blanket.
Special Issues with Electrical Burns
Electrical burns are tricky to treat, because the healthcare professional has to determine if the patient has been burned in three different ways. A person with an electrical burn, such as from an electric blanket, can be burned from an arc burn, a flame burn or from an electrical current. Many people who are burned with an electrical blanket are burned in a low or high voltage injury, which can affect several internal organs being damaged as well as the outer skin burns.
Can I Sue for an Electric Blanket Burn Injury?
Yes, you can sue for an electric blanket burn injury. With this type of burn injury, there can be many different issues related to the emergency care and ancillary care of a burn victim. Burn victims often develop complications, and can even die from their injuries. It is critical that burn victims be reviewed for maintaining a clear airway, circulation and the proper open area respiration, while being treated at an emergency care facility for their burns. If burn patients have delayed fluid resuscitation, or other inhalation injuries, they will need more fluids delivered to their system to counter the onset of dehydration or issues with hypothermia.
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If you have been injured by an electric blanket burn injury, you will want to call our office immediately. We will be able to talk to you about the extent and medical care management of your burn injury. The depth of the burn and the surface area of skin involved in the burn will need care, treatment and healing. While that is taking place, you can call us to discuss your next steps regarding initiating a lawsuit on the merits of your claim. We know that you will need extensive time to heal from the trauma of your injury. We are here for you while you are healing, and can talk to you about your case.
You will no doubt start to receive medical bills related to your loss, and we are ready to help you with a full recovery compensation package from the people responsible for your personal injuries.
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Just call us today for a free consultation if you are injured from an electric blanket burn injury. We are here to review your claim, and get you the recovery compensation that you require in this type of serious personal injury case.