Can My Scalded Child Sue?

You may have the right to sue a company on behalf of your child if your son or daughter was scalded in school or in a hotel or apartment. If your child is under 18 years of age, he or she is too young to sue. However, the child’s parent or guardian may have the right to sue on behalf of a minor child if he or she is scalded at school, at a hotel, restaurant or store, at an apartment (sue the owner/landlord), or elsewhere. These are serious cases because scald-burn injuries can cause significant long-lasting injury and can even be fatal. Compensation can be in the millions, depending on the severity of the injuries and the facts of the case.

“These tragic scald injuries can be prevented. Our job is to find out what happened and hold those responsible accountable.”ATTORNEY ERIC HAGEMAN

Pritzker Hageman Best Law Firm
Attorney Eric Hageman

Contact Attorney Eric Hageman if Your Child was Scalded and You want to Sue

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Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have obtained many settlements over a million dollars for clients, including over $10 million for severe burn injuries. Our attorneys have been quoted by the Associated Press, CNN, The New York Times. The Pritzker Hageman law firm is a U.S. News and World Report “Best Law Firm”.

Eric Hageman has obtained money settlements from hotel chains, landlords and other property owners, and schools. In every case, he and his team work to get out clients the best possible settlement, and if the company being sued doesn’t settle, Eric brings the company to court. He has fought and won against teams of corporate lawyers. If you need a burn lawyer for your scalded child, contact Eric for a free consultation.

Scald-Burn Lawsuit Information

Burned Arm

It takes only a few seconds for scalding hot water or steam to cause third-degree burns, and these burns may become infected, causing additional harm. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are most at risk. Most cases of fatal scald injuries are children.

When our lawyers handle these types of cases, they gather evidence regarding the source of the injury, the temperature to which the skin was exposed, the length of time it was exposed, and what could have been done to prevent it. Companies that are legally responsible can include a hotel or motel, restaurant, daycare, or landlord. A school or homeowner could also be responsible.

When liquid is at 140 degrees, it takes 5 seconds or less of exposure on the skin for a serious, disfiguring burn to develop.  A few years ago, a woman sued McDonald’s restaurant when hot coffee spilled on her (Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants). She won  over two million dollars. Since then, restaurants and coffee houses have lowered the temperature of beverages, but they are still very hot and capable of causing damage.

A defective product can be the source of injury. A few years ago, there was a recall of coffee machines because the liquid, single-serving discs used to make coffee could explode when hot. At least 37 people suffered second-degree burns.

Hot water in bathtubs, showers, and sinks can cause severe harm because of the length of time the skin is exposed to the heat. A child falling into a tub filled with scalding hot water can cause fatal injuries. Even at 120 degrees, water can scald with 5 minutes of exposure.  Tap water causes about 5,000 burns per year.


Our personal injury lawyers can help you and your scalded child get compensation with a burn lawsuit against a hotel, motel, resort, restaurant, day care or other location or harm caused by a defective product.