When the hot water temperature in a building fluctuates into extreme temperatures, it creates dangerous conditions for tenants. If you are taking a shower or a bath you can receive severe burns because of scalding hot water. At 140°, water takes only a few seconds to cause third-degree burns, which penetrate the skin and can create permanent scarring. Landlords have a duty to make sure that the faucet water in their buildings consistently stays within safe temperature limits. When they are bathing, tenants are not expecting the water temperature to suddenly rise to a point that it scalds them in a matter of seconds. If you have been seriously burned by the hot water in your apartment, you may be able to recover for burn injuries, including compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and disability.
If a landlord fails to provide water to tenants at a safe temperature and a tenant is scalded, then the landlord can be liable for the resulting damages. However, proving that an owner failed to provide adequate safety measures so that the water temperature remained stable can be quite complex. Scalding hot water can result from different causes. Were the proper safety valves installed in the building? Was there a failure to keep hot water regulators properly maintained? Were the building’s water systems old? Did they need to be replaced? The answers to these questions may prove important if you have been burned and are seeking money damages for personal injuries.
Moreover, because expert testimony may be needed to prove that any one of these dangerous conditions existed, it would be prudent to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. At the law offices of Jacob Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we offer more than 25 years of legal experience to personal injury victims and have recovered over $250 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Our personal injury law firm serves clients throughout New York City’s five boroughs (the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island), Westchester County, and Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
If you have suffered burn injuries from scalding water at your apartment, contact us at 718- 993-9999or send us an e-mail to schedule your FREE consultation. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis so there is no upfront cost to you. We only get paid when the liable defendants settle your case, or we win money damages at trial.
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