Seat Heater Caused 3rd Degree Burns


A 25 year-old paraplegic women suffered third degree burns from a seat heater in her car. Four years ago when lifting her wheelchair into her vehicle, the women believes that she may have turned on her seat heater. However, the button is on the side of the seat lacks any light to tell you that the heater is one. Because the paraplegic has no feeling from the waist down, she had no idea that the heater was on.

However, the woman realized that something was awry when she noticed third degree burns and blisters on her thighs.  As a result, the woman had to undergo skin graft surgery. The woman filed a law suit against the dealers that sold and supplied her car.

The woman’s attorney had inspectors test the seat and found that certain portions of the seat rise up to 111 to 115 degrees. In addition, there have been numerous reports to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with 1,207 complaints regarding seat heaters overheating. Fortunately, a jury awarded the woman $500,000 for her injuries.

Dangerous and Defective Products

Today, vehicle defects injure numerous drivers and passengers. If a vehicle has a defective part, it can become an extreme threat to anyone seated in the vehicle. Thus, it is absolutely vital for the manufacturer to create a car that is completely safe.

If there is an issue with the vehicle, the manufacturer is required to warn consumers of the associated risks. When a company fails to do this, an injured consumer is allowed to file a claim for compensation. However, the claim must include:
  •        Negligence: the manufacturer was negligent and irresponsible
  •        Breach of warranty: the product caused an injury when the consumer used it as directed
  •        Strict liability: when the manufacturer produced the product even while knowing it was dangerous

Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know was injured by a product or vehicle, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you the monetary compensation you deserve for your damages. If your injuries required medical treatment or resulted in financial loss, you may want to consider filing a claim today.

Your claim should include one of the theories listed above. Contact the attorneys at Bond & Taylor Law today regarding your personal injury and we will work diligently to earn you a substantial settlement for your pain and suffering.