Water heaters are a common fixture in most households. They are usually located in garages or separate locations in a home and function to provide hot water throughout the house. While they are common objects in a home, they can often prevent specific dangers and risks. In particular, water heater explosions and accidents may occur under certain circumstances.
For instance, if the water heater is gas-operated, it can explode or cause a fire if combustible substances are spilled near the water. Also, even without such a spill, the potential for fire still exists. These types of incidents and conditions can lead to significant water heater-related injuries, including burns, scalding, and other serious injuries. More modern electric water heaters (and “waterless” versions) may also present risks of electrocution.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Water Heater Injury?
Liability for a water heater injury can be attributed to many different parties, depending on the facts and circumstances. Parties that can be held liable may include:
- Water heater manufacturers (for instance, if there is a defective product involved)
- Persons who have installed, repaired, or handled a water heater, such as an independent contractor
- Landlords and other persons who may have a duty to maintain or repair such heaters
For example, if a party knew or should have known that a water heater presented dangers, and they had a duty to repair it, they could be held liable for negligence if they failed to keep the heater in working order and it caused injury to another person.
Are There any Legal Remedies for a Water Heater Explosion Incident?
Water heater explosions and injuries can be very serious and may lead to serious disability, scarring, and disfigurement. In many cases, a water heater injury can lead to legal action. In most lawsuits, the legal remedy involves some form of monetary compensation through a damages award. The damages award will usually cover expenses such as medical costs, hospital bills, lost wages, and other costs.
Also, other remedies may be applicable as well, such as a product recall for dangerous or defective water heater models. In cases where many consumers were affected or injured, a class action suit may also result.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Water Heater Explosion or Injury?
As mentioned, water heater injuries and explosions can be very serious. They can also involve extensive property damage in some cases. You may need to hire a personal injury attorney in your area if you need assistance with an injury claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance for the duration of the legal process. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer can provide you with direction and representation during those times as well.