Should I seek legal counsel before filing a complaint with a manufacturer after my cellphone burned my leg while in my pants pocket?

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Should I seek legal counsel before filing a complaint with a manufacturer after my cellphone burned my leg while in my pants pocket?

I work outside at a golf course and keep my cellphone on me at all times in case my co-workers need to teach me. It was a 90 degree day, nothing out of the usual for the summer. Suddenly I felt a terrible burning pain on my leg. I pulled my phone out thinking it was getting too hot with my body heat and the heat of the day. There was no over heating

warning so I thought nothing of it until the pain didn’t go away. I went to the restroom and sure enough I have a burn on my leg the size of my cellphone. I took pictures of it when I got home. I want to report this to Samsung but don’t know if I should speak with a lawyer first.

Asked on August 7, 2018 under Personal Injury, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no point in speaking to a lawyer unless you suffer some significant, life effecting and long lasting scaring, disability, etc. or need expensive (which you pay; not paid by insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid) plastic or reconstructive surgery. You can only get compensation in a lawsuit, etc. equal to the extent of your injury and costs you incur; if you have a burn which hurts but which will go away in a few days or even weeks, you will spend more on a lawyer than you'd get back. (A few days or weeks of pain and a burn not on your face is simply not worth that much to the law.)


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