Child Burn Injuries

Child Burn Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles, CA

Our Product Liability Lawyers Can Seek Justice for Your Child

Dangerous child products that pose a burn or fire hazard represent a particularly grievous transgression on the parts of all involved in bringing them to market. Burn injuries not only require immediate and ongoing medical treatment but also often leave victims with scars they may have to bear for the rest of their lives.

If your child has suffered a burn injury due to a dangerous toy or other product, our experienced product liability attorneys want to hear from you.

Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation has recovered $550 million on behalf of individuals and families who have been wronged by product manufacturers. We will pursue every avenue toward compensation and justice for you.

Want to learn more about your family's legal options? Contact us today to request a free case evaluation by calling (866) 884-1717. We represent clients in Los Angeles and across the country.

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Child Products that Often Cause Fire Hazards

Typically, any child product or toy that is electronic can potentially pose a fire hazard. Even at a low wattage, these products can build up heat and ignite flammable items in their proximity.

Child products commonly associated with fire hazards include:

  • Food/bottle warmers: Food and bottle warmers are designed to heat baby food and milk bottles but can pose fire hazards if they overheat due to malfunctioning thermostats or lack of automatic shut-off features. Electrical malfunctions, such as short circuits or faulty wiring, can also lead to fires. Additionally, improper use, like placing warmers on flammable surfaces or leaving them unattended, increases the fire risk.
  • Motorized ride-on toys: Motorized ride-on toys, including electric cars and scooters for children, can be dangerous due to battery overheating, especially with lithium-ion batteries that may explode or catch fire if overcharged or damaged. Electrical short circuits from faulty wiring or manufacturing defects can also cause fires. Improper charging practices, like using incorrect chargers or charging for too long, further heighten these risks.
  • Nightlights: Nightlights can be fire hazards if they overheat due to inadequate ventilation, leading to melting and potential ignition of nearby materials. Faulty wiring or defective components can cause sparks and fires. The risk is exacerbated when nightlights are placed near flammable items like curtains, bedding, or stuffed animals.
  • Hoverboards: Hoverboards are notorious for fire hazards primarily due to lithium-ion battery malfunctions that can overheat, explode, or catch fire if damaged or overcharged. Manufacturing defects, including faulty electrical systems, can also cause short circuits and fires. Overcharging, especially when left unattended, significantly increases the risk of battery overheating and fire.
  • Baby Monitors: Baby monitors, which are used to keep an eye on infants, can pose fire risks if they have faulty wiring or overheating batteries. Monitors that plug into outlets can cause electrical fires if they are not properly maintained or if the cords are damaged. Wireless models with rechargeable batteries can overheat and catch fire if the batteries are defective or improperly charged.
  • Crib Heaters: Crib heaters, designed to keep babies warm, can be fire hazards if they overheat or have defective components. If the heater lacks an automatic shut-off feature or the thermostat malfunctions, it can become dangerously hot. Placing heaters too close to crib bedding or other flammable materials can also increase the risk of fire. Children's clothing can be hazardous if made from highly flammable materials that easily ignite when exposed to heat or flames. Loose-fitting clothing poses a greater fire risk compared to tighter-fitting garments. The absence of flame-retardant treatments in clothing can result in quick and intense burning.

In late 2015, Amazon sent out warnings to customers that certain hoverboard toys sold on their site could present a fire risk. Many of these toys—which spiked in popularity with children that year—had faulty wiring in their charging mechanisms, causing them to heat up and combust. Amazon and other retailers like Argos and Tesco stopped selling the products completely due to the hazards they pose.

Long-Term Effects of Child Burn Injuries

Child burn injuries can have significant and long-lasting effects that extend beyond the immediate physical damage. The long-term consequences of such injuries can be broadly categorized into physical, psychological, and social impacts.

Physical Effects

Child burn injuries often result in lasting physical impacts, including significant scarring and potential disfigurement. These scars can affect a child’s appearance and mobility, particularly if they occur on joints or the face. Severe burns may lead to contractures, where the skin tightens, restricting movement and potentially impeding normal growth. Chronic pain is also common, stemming from nerve damage or ongoing complications from the injury. Additionally, burns compromise the skin’s protective barrier, increasing the risk of infections which can be recurrent and severe.

Psychological Effects

Child burn injuries can be deeply traumatic, leading to long-term emotional distress. Many children experience anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following such incidents. Scarring and disfigurement resulting from burns can significantly impact a child’s body image and self-esteem, potentially leading to social withdrawal and difficulty in peer interactions. Behavioral changes such as increased irritability or aggression may also manifest as coping mechanisms in response to pain and emotional stress.

Social Effects

Children with burn injuries often face social challenges due to changes in appearance and mobility. Scarring and disfigurement can lead to social isolation and bullying or teasing from peers. Prolonged hospital stays and frequent medical appointments can disrupt a child’s education, resulting in academic challenges and potential setbacks. The injury can also strain family dynamics, causing emotional stress and financial burdens as caregivers navigate the complex needs of their child’s recovery.

Rehabilitation and Support

Addressing the long-term effects of child burn injuries requires a holistic approach. Ongoing medical care is essential to manage physical symptoms, including surgeries for contractures, scar management, and pain relief. Psychological support through counseling and therapy helps children and families cope with emotional trauma and adjustment issues. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in improving mobility, strength, and function. Social support programs and educational accommodations help children integrate back into school and community life, fostering resilience and recovery despite the challenges posed by their injuries.

How We Can Help Protect Your Child's Rights

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, we understand that when your child sustains a burn injury, it can be a traumatic and devastating experience for both you and your child. Our team of child burn injury lawyers in Los Angeles is dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation to protect your child's rights and seek justice on their behalf.

When it comes to personal injury cases involving children, there are unique considerations that need to be taken into account. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in these cases and can navigate the legal process with expertise and care.

By choosing our law firm, you can expect:

  • Personalized attention and support throughout the entire legal process
  • A thorough investigation to gather evidence and build a strong case
  • Expertise in negotiating with insurance companies to ensure fair compensation
  • Representation in court, if necessary, to fight for your child's rights
  • Access to a network of medical professionals and experts to strengthen your case

Our goal is to alleviate the stress and burden of the legal process so that you can focus on your child's recovery. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for your child and will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

If your child has suffered a burn injury, don't hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation. We are here to provide the dedicated advocacy your child deserves.

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Call Us for the Dedicated Advocacy Your Child Deserves

When your child is affected by a burn injury, it takes an emotional toll on the whole family. You deserve justice. We’re ready to fight on your behalf to recover compensation from negligent manufacturers and/or anyone else involved in bringing a dangerous product to the market. Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation has the knowledge and resources to provide actionable legal options to your family during this difficult time.

Start the process today. Call our Los Angeles child burn injury lawyers at (866) 884-1717 or reach out online to learn about your options.

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