Glass-Front Gas Fireplace Burn Injuries
Fireplaces are a focal point in many homes—not only do they provide warmth, but they're also often centrally located, where people enjoy gathering. Unfortunately, many gas fireplaces with glass fronts can severely burn you or your children with just one second of direct contact.
Sealed glass-front gas fireplaces are responsible for severe and disfiguring burn injuries that usually require skin grafts. These injuries could have been prevented if fireplace manufacturers had designed their fireplaces with consumer safety in mind.
While many consumers believe that sealed fireplaces provide protection from an open flame, they're unaware that the temperature of the glass around fireplaces can reach peak temperatures of 500 degrees—enough heat to cause a third-degree burn.
Know the Risks
Toddlers and very young children are most vulnerable to the burn dangers associated with glass-front gas fireplaces. Pediatric burn studies indicate more than 2,000 children ages 5 and under have been burned by glass-front gas fireplaces over a 10-year period.
Severe burns, mostly second- and third-degree burns, are the most common injuries. Infants and young children are most susceptible to burns injuries when they come into contact with the dangerously hot glass. Most of their burns occur on the hands, including the fingers and palms.
Fireplace manufacturers do not want you to know that the touchable glass fronts of their sealed glass-front gas fireplaces reach dangerously high temperatures. Fireplace manufacturers have failed to properly warn consumers of the dangers, and they have failed to offer consumers screens, guards, or other barriers designed to reduce the burn risk associated with the glass-front gas fireplaces.
Our Experienced Injury Lawyers Represent Fireplace Burn Victims Nationwide
Experienced burn injury attorneys at Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris have successfully represented thousands of people injured by defective glass-front fireplaces. We represented a class of 600,000 consumers against the manufacturer of sealed glass-front gas fireplaces and obtained a nationwide settlement for each class member. We may be able to help you, too.
Our lawyers are currently litigating on behalf of a class of consumers who own Valor® brand sealed glass-front gas fireplaces. We also have favorably resolved lawsuits on behalf of numerous parents whose children were burned by sealed glass-front gas fireplaces.