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I was burned by a faulty compress with scalding hot water while in the hospital, what should I do?

Springfield, MO |

I had been admitted into the hospital for an abscess, the aids had been filling up what should have been an ice pack with hot water from the coffee machine. After filling it for the third time, it busted and left me with burns down my left arm and is blistered severely. After the incident, a security officer took my report but I was never actually seen by a doctor for the burns. The nurses called my oral surgeon and he called in a topical cream without even seeing the burns.

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Go to the ER or your doctor and get treatment immediately. Then, a local personal injury lawyer to pursue. You can read about burn injuries and our burn injury settlements on my website. Good luck to you.

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I am sorry this has happened, it sounds very unpleasant. If you feel you are injured seek treatment right away. However, to fully advise you of your potential causes of action I would need more facts. I practice all over Missouri and would be happy to discuss the case in more detail.

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well it left bad blisters on my hand and arm scarring is already present i have taken lots pic from time of injury to now and kept the "ice pack" that was used and busted on me in the process of that my phone has gotten wet and will not work now and got two witnesses that seen and can vouch what happened i want to pursue but were to start



and was not seen by a doctor there right away they called my oral surgeon over the phone not even seeing me first ordered cream over the phone and didn't see him until day and half later when he decided to come in by but it was already blistered and the damage was done

Anthony Graceson Laramore

Anthony Graceson Laramore


This sounds horrible. If you have not already retained a lawyer I advise that you do. If you do not have an attorney I would be happy to discuss the case with you. Feel free to call my office at any time.


It sounds like negligence on the part of the hospital if they were filling up an ice bag with scalding water. I agree that you should seek medical attention and then contact a personal injury attorney near where you live. The severity of your injuries and the amount of treatment and medical bills you have directly affects the value of your case. Therefore, it is critical that you seek the appropriate medical attention.

All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Our office only represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters such as wrongful death, liquor liability accidents, dram shop cases, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries.

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