Hot Water Heaters - Flashback - Scald Injury

A young child tips over a gasoline can or weed eater in a garage in an area close to a gas fired hot water heater resting with its base on the concrete floor. The gasoline vapors, which are heavier than air, flow along the floor and are drawn into the hot water heater where the pilot light causes a sudden ignition of the vapors and flashback tragically burning the child.

A contractor or homeowner is cleaning or replacing a tile floor using adhesives and solvents which emit volatile vapors in proximity to a hot water heater with its base on the floor of a nearby closet. The vapors are drawn into the hot water heater, encountering the pilot light, causing a sudden ignition and flashback to the individual causing serious burns or even death.

A landlord in an apartment complex fails to maintain the temperature of the hot water heaters to less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A young child is taking a bath in the rental unit and is unsupervised. His younger brother comes in the bathroom and turns on the hot water, scalding his brother with second and third degree burns over 30% of his body.

In each of the scenarios above, the family wants answers as to why these injuries occurred and whether someone is responsible for them. Our law firm can help provide answers and legal advice as to your rights and remedies for these type of injuries. Please contact us by e-mail or telephone should you have any questions or wish to discuss a possible case with us. Find out more