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article imageWoman sues Wal-Mart over hand warmer injury

By Ryan Hite     Jun 4, 2014 in Odd News
Phoenix - A woman uses hand warmers to help relieve pain from a breast enhancement surgery, only to find that she had burned her new breasts. Now she is suing Wal-Mart, where the product was bought, and Heatamax for faulty design and advertising.
An Arizona woman is suing Wal-Mart and a manufacturer of hand warmers because of holes that were burned in her breasts.
Stephanie Brigham filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, accusing Wal-Mart and Heatmax of negligent design, negligent instruction, and strict liability claims.
According to documents, Brigham had an implant exchange and breast lift surgery in April 2013. On the way home, she bought three sets of Hothands hand warmers at a Wal-Mart in order to help relieve pain as a result of the procedure. She activated the warmers as instructed and placed them between her bra and outer clothing.
After a few days, she realized her pain was increasing and not decreasing. She discovered that the warmers had burnt two large holes in each of her breasts. She was admitted to the burn unit of a local hospital afterwards. A plastic and reconstructive surgeon later concluded she had breast scars described as “consistent with a contact burn.”
Brigham contends that Heatmax’s product generates too much heat. While the Heatmax instructs users not to put the product directly on the skin, Brigham claims the actual box does not have the same warning and that Heatmax and Walmart are liable for her injuries.
The case is filed as Stephanie Brigham v. Heatmax Inc. et al., case number 2:14-cv-01216, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
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