Fire pits have quickly become a popular feature in American backyards. But with the growing popularity of backyard fire pits comes an increase in accidents and injuries. Most fire pit injuries are burns from contact with the contents of a fire pit. But other injuries result from smoke inhalation, damage to the upper airway, and burns to the throat, lungs, and windpipe.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CSPC), injuries from fire pits have increased three-fold in the past 10 years. About 25% of people injured in fire pit accidents are children under 5. Many of these injuries come the next day, when the fire appears to be out, but coals are still hot.
The most common type of injury caused by a fire pit accident is, of course, a burn injury. The severity of a burn injury is classified based on the extent of tissue damage in a particular area of the body. Higher degree burns mean a more severe injury.
Children are particularly vulnerable to fire pit injuries. According to a report by the American Burn Association, in 2015, burn injuries were the fifth-leading cause of injury-related deaths for American children ages 1 to 4, and the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 5 to 9.
Smoke inhalation is another injury that can be caused by a fire pit accident. Smoke inhalation can injure the upper airway and cause burns to the lungs, windpipe, and throat.
In most cases, injuries caused by fire pit accidents are covered by a Homeowners’ Insurance policy. The fire pit was on the property of the homeowner and the person who was injured or killed had a right to anticipate that they would be free from danger. This is known as premises liability and means that the owner of the property is responsible for injuries that occurred on their property, even if they took all reasonable precautions to keep people safe.
But in some cases, especially if the fire pit was installed after the insurance policy was created, fire pit injuries may not be covered by a Homeowners’ Insurance policy.
If you or someone you love was injured in a fire pit accident, it is important that you speak to an Ohio fire pit injury attorney as quickly as possible. A knowledgeable and experienced fire pit injury lawyer can evaluate the specific nature of your claim, and contact the homeowner’s insurance carrier to determine whether injuries sustained in a fire pit accident are covered by insurance. An experienced fire pit injury lawyer will also help you and your family recover compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a fire pit accident.
There are common-sense steps you can take to avoid a fire pit injury.
Despite taking precautions, fire pit accidents still happen. Burns can cause catastrophic, life-altering injuries. If you were hurt in a fire pit accident, you and your family may be entitled to compensation.
If you or someone you love was injured in a fire pit accident, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
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