About Heating PadsHeating pads are often used in hospital settings for a number of reasons – including making patients comfortable and relieving minor pain, for example. Unfortunately, many patients suffer burn injuries due to heating pads. Whether nurses/doctors fail to remove the heating pads or the heating pads are defective, innocent patients are put at risk for suffering harm. The harm caused by heating pads is usually associated with burns. Although most victims suffer minor burns, such as first- and second-degree burns, many victims can suffer third-degree burns, too. If you suffered any type of harm due to a heating pad in a hospital, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
What Could You Do If You Were Burned by Heating Pads in a Hospital?
You were burned by a heating pad in a hospital; now what? What can you do? What are your options? Do you have grounds to pursue a burn injury claim? Your right to take action after suffering a burn injury due to a heating pad depends on the nature of your injury. Did you suffer a heating pad burn injury because of the negligent actions of a nurse, doctor, or other hospital staff? Did you suffer a heating pad burn injury because the heating pad was defective? Consider the following points:
Whether you suffered a heating pad burn injury due to the negligent actions of hospital staff or a manufacturing company, you likely have the right to pursue a lawsuit and receive compensation. If you would like to learn more about your right to take action against the parties or entities liable for the burn injuries that you suffered, do not hesitate to contact our experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group at your earliest convenience.
- If your heating pad burn injuries were caused by the negligent actions of hospital staff (that is, the staff failed to remove the heating pad, for example), your injuries are likely a direct result of the negligent actions of the hospital staff. As a patient, you are owed a duty of care from all hospital staff members. They must exercise reasonable care to ensure that you do not suffer any harm during your stay at the hospital. By failing to remove or check heating pads, they are breaching their duty of care to you and putting you in danger of suffering harm.
- If your heating pad burn injuries were caused by a defective product (that is, the heating pad malfunctions and caused burns), your injuries are a likely a direct result of the negligent actions of the company that made the heating pads. Companies that manufacture products such as heating pads must ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. If these companies fail to identify or address any product defects, they are breaching their duty of care to consumers and negligently putting their consumers at risk of injury.
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Could You Sue and Receive Compensation?Without a doubt, you have the right to sue. Do you also have the right to receive compensation? If you suffered a burn injury as a result of the negligent actions of a party or entity, you likely have grounds to receive compensation. What type of compensation could you receive? How much compensation could you receive? Every claim is different; therefore, compensation information is likely to vary from case to case. Consider the following common categories of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
How Long Do You Have to Sue?In general, personal injury claims are subject to strict statutes of limitations. A statute of limitations is a timeline that applies to claims, establishing the specific length of time that claimants have to pursue their claims. Why is the timeline that applies to your claim relevant? The statute of limitations establishes the length of time that you have to pursue your claim; if your claim is not filed by the time allowed by the statute of limitations, you will lose your right to sue – and your right to receive compensation. In general, personal injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If you were burned by a heating pad in a hospital because of the negligent actions of the hospital staff, you will likely have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice claims, in California, are subject to a one-year statute of limitations. However, if you were burned by a defective heating pad in a hospital, you will likely have grounds to pursue a product liability claim, which is subject to the standard two-year statute of limitation. Without a doubt, understanding the length of time available to pursue a claim can be difficult. Because of that, we recommend that you speak with our lawyers to discuss the deadline that applies to your claim as soon as possible.
What are your rights after suffering a burn during your stay at a hospital?Whether you or a member of your family suffered burn injuries due to heating pads used in a hospital, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible – you might have grounds to pursue a claim and receive compensation. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue and receive compensation after suffering a heating pad burn at a hospital, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. The experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the information that you need to start or continue your claim. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm that has successfully handled a number of claims and helped innocent victims to recover the compensation that they deserve. If you would like to discuss your claim with the lawyers at our firm, do not hesitate to contact us and request to speak with our burn injury lawyers.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.When you contact our layers, you will find that you will have access to our free consultations and free second opinions. Our law firm offers these free legal services to remain accessible to all victims of burn injuries from heating pads at hospitals. Scheduling a free consultation or a free second opinion is as easy as contacting our firm and requesting to discuss your claim with our experts. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns, ensuring that you have all the information that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. Whether you are interested in beginning or continuing your claim after it was affected by an incompetent attorney, you could trust the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group at your earliest convenience. The free consultations and free second opinions available at Downtown L.A. Law Group are part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. Because of our Zero-Fee guarantee, our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on a contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay any legal fees until after they reach a successful claim outcome. If your claim is unsuccessful and you do not recover the compensation that you deserve, you will not have to pay us anything. If you would like to speak with our lawyers, contact our firm today.