Burns Injuries & Product Liability in Kansas & Missouri 

serious burns product liability kansas city lawyerDangerous and defective products can cause a variety of serious injuries, including burns. A severe burn injury can result in scarring, disfigurement, and permanent impairments. The complications from a burn injury can also result in life-threatening conditions.

If a defective product burns an individual, the individual may sustain significant physical, emotional, and financial damages.  Our Kansas City burn injury lawyer is experienced in handling product liability claims throughout Missouri and Kansas.  Our legal team will investigate the cause of the burn injury to determine if a product defect was responsible for the injury.

If a product defect caused your burn injury, we can help you pursue a product liability claim to recover compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages.  Call our law firm today at 816-203-0143 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Common Consumer Products That Can Cause Burns

A variety of defective products and recalled products can lead to burn injuries. However, a product does not need to be subject to a safety recall to result in a burn injury. Some safety recalls are only issued after individuals have reported injuries caused by the product.

Common defective or dangerous products that can lead to a burn injury include, but are not limited to:

  • Vaping products and e-cigarettes
  • Pressure cookers
  • Lithium battery packs
  • Airbags and other automobile parts
  • Space heaters
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Guns 
  • Electric blankets
  • Propane heaters
  • Cell phones, cell phone cases, and cell phone accessories
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Children’s toys
  • Skincare products
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Hoverboards 

Thousands of products have the potential for causing burns. Determining whether the product was inherently dangerous or had a defect that could cause a burn injury is essential if you want to recover compensation for a burn injury.

Steps to Take After a Burn Injury Caused by a Defective Product

1.  Seek Prompt Medical Attention 

There are three basic levels of burns. Some sources add fourth, fifth, and sixth burn levels that encompass the most severe burns. 

  • First Degree Burns is the mildest form of burns and only damage the outer layer of skin.
  • Second Degree Burns damage the outer and underlying layer of skin. 
  • Third Degree Burns damage deeper layers of skin.

If a product burns you or your child, immediate medical attention may be required. Some first-degree burn injuries may be treated at home, but severe burn injuries need to be evaluated and treated by a physician. Minor burns that continue to cause pain after 48 hours or are accompanied by other symptoms need to be evaluated by a doctor. 

If you are in doubt, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible to determine the severity of a burn injury. 

2.  Secure the Defective Product

Do not put yourself or others at risk. If a product is dangerous, contact the fire department for advice about securing the product. Whenever possible, secure the defective product in a safe area. Keep the packaging, instructions, and owner’s manual. 

If you must dispose of the product because it is dangerous to retain, take pictures and make videos of the product, if possible. Keep careful notes about the information you receive from the fire department or other emergency agencies regarding the defective product.

3.  Contact a Kansas City Defective Product Attorney Immediately

Product liability claims are complicated. You must prove:

  • A product was defective or dangerous;
  • You were injured and sustained damages;
  • The defect was responsible for your injury; and,
  • You were using the product for its intended use and in a manner that a reasonable person would use the product.

Proving a product was defective may require extensive investigation. Industry experts may be required to examine the product. Other experts may be required to prove how the product was defective and how the defect caused your injury. Causation is crucial in a product liability claim. A product can be defective without causing injury. If the defect is not responsible for your injury, you might not receive compensation for your injuries. 

Several causes of action exist under product liability laws. You need an experienced product liability lawyer to investigate your claim to determine the applicable legal cause of action and gather evidence that proves each element required to be successful when filing a product liability claim. Also, one or more parties might be liable for your damages. Identifying the defect helps identify the party or parties that are responsible for your injuries. 

Our Kansas City Product Liability Attorney Can Help

When you purchase a product, you expect the product to be safe for its intended use. If a product causes an injury, the designer, manufacturer, distributor, or other party might be liable for your injuries. You might receive compensation for your medical expenses, pain, loss of income, permanent impairments, and emotional suffering by filing a defective product claim.

The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus handles product liability claims involving serious burns and other injuries throughout Kansas and Missouri. Schedule a free consultation with our Kansas City product liability lawyer by calling 816-203-0143.

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