It’s summertime and you want to cook outside tonight. Maybe it’s too hot indoors and you don’t want to heat up the house more, or maybe you just want to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Unfortunately, gas grills can cause serious injury if installed improperly, or if they are defective.
The most common Parkville gas grill injuries due to defective equipment are burns. Sometimes in a defective grill the propane tank can explode and cause a fire. In addition, in some models such as the Master Forge Gas Grill #GD4825, the gas tank hose connected to the burner control can melt and cause a fire. Hopefully the manufacturer will recall the product once the hazard is known, but there is still time for serious injuries before that, especially if you aren't aware there is a recall.
The medical treatment needed for burns can be longstanding depending on the degree of injury. First degree burns are minor, but for more serious burns that involve several layers of skin, a patient may need burn treatment for months or even years. The burn wounds can become infected and cause complications such as bloodstream infection and even death. It can also have psychological and social implications due to body disfigurement.
What Are The Types Of Defects?
What constitutes a defective grill? Several things make a Parkville gas grill defective. They can be defective by design, a manufacturer defect, or a known hazard that isn’t labeled as such. Negligence doesn’t have to be proven in these cases. All you have to do is show that the grill is defective. An injured party should hold the manufacturer responsible for defectiveness.
With a design defect, the product is working fine but is hazardous because of the way it is designed to work. This means the entire product is defective, not just a piece of it. In this case the manufacturer will have to create a new model without the problem. A manufacturer defect means that the product wasn’t constructed properly and was shipped out of the factory in that condition. In both types of defects you may be able to recover damages for property and medical bills.
The situation gets more complicated because many times the manufacturer doesn’t admit fault. It may require research on your part to determine if the grill is defective, and you need to know what your rights are as a consumer. Unfortunately, ESPN's Hannah Storm recently had a gas grill injury and I recommend that you read her story.
Compensation For Your Parkville Burn Injury Claim
Serious burns can cause you to need medical care for a long period of time in the future. This is true for extensive burns, but not so much for minor and superficial burns. It may require frequent visits to a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or a burn wound care facility as part of the Parkville burn treatment.
Major burn claims are different than other injuries. Because of the lengthy treatment, the settlement may include compensation for future medical bills and reduced quality of life for the patient. You should make sure that the attorney you choose to represent you is willing to go to battle for you. If they are looking to settle quickly, you should keep looking for someone else. There could be many costs and delays to this type of injury claim.
Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Defective Product?
If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product you need to speak with an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.