About Heating PadsHeating pads are convenient products that can be used for a number of reasons. Some heating pads come in the form of blankets to help stay warm during cold days or nights. Some heating pads are designed to provide pain relief on specific areas of the body. Other heating pads are sometimes even designed for pets. Regardless of the specific purpose of the heating pad, it is a product that consumers are bringing into their homes – around themselves and around their loved ones. Heating pads are generally equipped with a thermostat, a timer function, and an auto shut-off function. When these essential functions are not working as they should, heating pads could reach dangerous levels, which could cause fires (like the example case mentioned above) and lead to injuries (heating pad burn injuries are not exclusive to fires).
The Risk of Burn InjuriesAs mentioned above, the risk of burn injuries due to heating pads is great. The risk of burn injuries increases when essential functions (such as the thermostat, timer functions, and shut-off features) are not working as they should work. When heating pads get too hot, they could cause fires – when there is contact with flammable products, like sheets or curtains, for example. Even if heating pads do not cause fires, they can cause burn injuries if the heating pad is directly touching the victims’ body. Heating pads are usually associated with both first-degree and second-degree burns. Did you suffer burns because of a defective heating pad? Do you believe that your burn injuries could have been avoided had the heating pad not been defective? If you suffered any harm as a direct cause of a defective product, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible – as you might have grounds to pursue a product liability claim.
Liability for Defective ProductsHow is the heating pad defective? Is there a defect in labeling, design, or manufacturing? Is the company liable for the harm that you suffered? In general, companies have the duty to ensure that their products are safe for their intended use. In other words, they must ensure that their products are safe to make available to their consumers. If they negligently make defective products available to their consumers, they will likely be liable for all the harm directly caused by their defective product. If you would like to learn more about company liability for defective products – such as defective heating pads – do not hesitate to contact our experts as soon as possible. Our experts are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to understand liability in defective product cases.
Your Right to Sue and Receive CompensationWithout a doubt, you have the right to file a heat pad burn injury lawsuit and receive compensation. What type of compensation could you receive? How much compensation could you receive? The type and amount of compensation that you could receive depends on the specific details of your claim. Although every claim is different, the victims of burn injuries due to defective products are sometimes eligible to recover the following forms of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
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