Skilled New York Lawyers for Hot Water Heater & Propane Tank Accidents
Experience with these very specific types of personal injuries
After an accident involving a hot water heater or propane tank in New York City, don’t hesitate to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. At Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, we have handled hot water heater and propane tank injury claims, something few other firms in the city can say. Our attorneys have a deep passion for helping people with their personal injury and wrongful death issues, leveraging our nearly 100 years of combined experience. To work with a lawyer who will make a difference in your case, turn to our firm.
Important water heater safety issues
It’s easy to forget about your hot water heater, particularly if there haven’t been any obvious signs that it is not functioning correctly. It heats your water, and that’s about it. However, there are several issues that may present some hazards for you and your loved ones.
When water heaters leak, they can shed hundreds of gallons of water into your property in a matter of hours — sometimes even minutes. In the event that your water heater explodes, you may have damage relative to a full-scale, high-explosive device. To prevent this from happening, you need to ensure that your water heater is properly installed and that you perform regular checkups on its performance. Failing to do so could lead to an explosion.
The State of New York has specific laws pertaining to the use, installation and location of water heaters within a home. Improperly installed water heaters that violate these standards may present significant risks to property owners, residents and guests. Combined with the high population density of New York City, water heater maintenance is an important concern for landlords, homeowners and commercial property owners alike.
Water heater injuries are common
There doesn’t have to be an explosion for a water heater to cause serious injury or death. In fact, water heaters can cause a range of injuries, from severe burns to trauma. Recently, a customer at a Best Western Hotel in Florida suffered severe burns from water coming out of the bathtub. The victim was a paraplegic who filed suit against the hotel chain shortly after sustaining the burn injuries, receiving $275,000 in a settlement.
In another water heater-related injury, a tenant received a $450,000 settlement after experiencing severe burns resulting from his apartment’s water that reached 150⁰. The lawsuit targeted the landlord for negligence for failing to maintain safe water temperatures for tenants. Most experts suggest that water heaters be set to 120⁰.
Meet with an experienced NYC accident lawyer right away
If a defective hot water heater or propane tank has injured you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to speak with a respected personal injury attorney right away. Call Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 888.746.8212 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.