Home heating system injuries are injuries that result from various home heating systems such as:
- Water heater systems
- Indoor fireplaces
- Small heated fans or personal heaters
One of the more common types of injury is suffocation or poisoning due to carbon monoxide exposure. This is especially a concern where there is poor ventilation in connection with a fireplace or chimney. Toxic mold in the heating circulation vents can also lead to lung injuries or skin injuries.
Another type of injury is where the heating mechanism starts a fire, resulting in burns and/or property damage. This is common for electrical heating systems and water-heater type mechanisms. Heating systems for swimming pools and spas can also present similar dangers.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Home Heating System Injuries?
This depends on several factors. A personal injury lawsuit involving such injuries can be based on legal theories like:
- Products Liability– for example, if the heating system contained manufacturer’s defects or was defective by design
- Premises Liability– the homeowner or property owner can sometimes be held liable if they knew about a dangerous heating system but did not take steps to repair the system or to protect visitors from harm
- Negligence– installers or sellers of home heating systems can be held liable for poor installation of systems, or for knowingly selling a dangerous product
Thus, many injuries resulting from home heating systems can be avoided by thorough inspection of the system upon installation, as well as regular maintenance. Heating systems should be replaced or repaired upon the first sign of malfunction or dangerous performance. Signs may include burning smells, smoke, or visible wear on the machinery.
In some cases, legal action for home heating systems can be filed as a class action lawsuit. This is especially true if the injuries are a result of the dangerous design of a heating system, which has resulted in great harm or injury to many people.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Filing a Claim for Home Heating System Injuries?
Injuries resulting from home heating systems can sometimes be very serious. It may be necessary to file a legal claim with the court to obtain compensation for your injuries. If you need help filing a lawsuit, it’s in your best interests to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can advise you of the laws that may affect your case, and can help you obtain a damages award for your injuries.