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Villa Rica Child Burn Injury: Understanding Scald Burns


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3/15/2012
Jason R. Schultz
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Many families are aware of the most basic fire safety precautions, such as installing working smoke detectors. But many parents may be surprised to learn that child burn injuries are commonly caused by scald burns. 
Defining Scald Burns

Scald burns are caused by exposure to hot liquids, such as boiling water or steam, as opposed to exposure to flames. 

Young children are at the highest risk for scald burns for several reasons. 
  • Their skin is thinner and can sustain a burn if exposed to water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds.
  • As children grow, they’re able to reach dangerous items, such as a pan of boiling water on a stove, yet developmentally, they still lack the understanding that hot liquids burn, similar to fire. A negligent daycare worker or babysitter may assume that a child old enough to reach these dangerously hot liquids is old enough to understand the potential dangers.
  • According to the American Burn Association, studies indicate that children from a family of lower socioeconomic status are at greater risk for scald burns. Children present in crowded households are also at higher risk, along with children present in homes that lack safe play areas.  
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all hot water heaters be set at 120 degrees fahrenheit or lower, particularly in a home or facilities where infants or children who are too young to escape burning water, such as bath water, are present. 

Is your child suffering a burn Injury in Villa Rica? Call a Lawyer for Help

As the victim of a child burn injury in Villa Rica, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn’t you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation.


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