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CA injury lawyerDuring the winter months in northern California, it is not uncommon for people to rely on alternative heat sources to keep the cold, wet weather at bay. Unfortunately, doing so can end up increasing your risks for home fires resulting in serious property damages and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. Wood stoves and fireplaces require regular maintenance to avoid becoming a hazard while portable heaters can be dangerous if used improperly and are too often subject to product defects. After a recent fire in San Jose left one family homeless, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Mobile Home Fire Impacts Family in San Jose

Recently, a fire that broke out in a mobile home park in San Jose left a family of four displaced. Officials report that firefighters responded to a call for help from residents on Hermitage Drive shortly after midnight. When they arrived on the scene, they found the mobile home in flames. Fortunately, a smoke detector alerted the family of four to the fire in the early stages, allowing them to all evacuate safely. While there were no reported injuries, the structure itself sustained major damages and the family is currently staying with friends. Fire officials are continuing to investigate the blaze and have not determined a cause.

Foremost Insurance Group, an AARP approved mobile home insurance provider, states that these types of fires are common and that one of the most frequent causes is accidents involving home heating equipment. For people in the Bay area who often rely on alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces and wood stoves, regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent sparks, flames, and dangerous fumes from impacting the home’s residents.


Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

CA injury lawyerAs fires continue to rage throughout California, our thoughts are with the victims and the thousands of people who have been forced to relocate as a result. As fire officials throughout the state work to get the blaze under control, there is another common fire hazard we want to warn you about. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families in our area will spend the day gathering with loved ones, hosting elaborate feasts. The emphasis on cooking means an increase in kitchen fires, which can end up resulting in serious burn injuries. The following highlights how common this problem is and the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your guests.

Kitchen Fires a Hazard Over Thanksgiving

While people throughout our area hear frequent warnings about forest fires and the devastation they bring, there is another common threat this time of year which often goes unnoticed. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year for residential fires, impacting close to 2,000 families each year and resulting in $19 million in damages. The most common culprit in what can be a potentially life-threatening situation includes fires that begin in the kitchen.

Cooking a turkey and all the accompanying side dishes often takes up a large portion of the day. In addition to your stove and oven, there may be numerous other electrical or gas appliances operating at the same time. It is important to carefully oversee all of these preparations. Avoid having too many people in your kitchen and keep children in another room, out of harm’s way. Even a relatively minor accident involving flames, a hot pan, or kitchen grease can end up doing permanent damage.


Posted on in Personal Injury

San Jose burn injury attorneys, burn injuries,  fatal burn injuries, burn victims, emergency medical treatmentThe recent devastation throughout the Napa Valley and in other areas of Northern California has called attention to the potentially deadly impact of wildfires and how quickly they can spread. Burn injuries and smoke inhalation have jeopardized the lives of people throughout the region, along with the workers responding to the crisis.

Unfortunately, while this may have been an isolated incidence, fires and exposure to heat and harsh liquids claim thousands of lives each year. For those who survive these injuries, recovery can be a slow and painful process.

Fires and Burn Injuries in California


California injury lawyer, California accident attorneyBurns present some of the most serious injuries and long-lasting complications. Once the skin is compromised by a burn injury, specialized medical care is often required. Burns can also be one of the most painful injuries that leaves behind permanent scarring.

Here are four key facts about burn injuries:

  1. Burn Injuries Are Categorized by Degrees


California product liability attorney, California personal injury lawyerE-cigarettes may be gaining in popularity among smokers, but these new devices have left numerous people severely injured. Because these are hand-held devices and are devices used close to or touching the face, these exploding e-cigarettes pose serious danger.  If you have been injured by a defective e-cigarette, vape pen or any other malfunctioning device, you may be entitled to compensation under a legal theory of personal injury law called “product liability.”

Cause of Exploding E-Cigarettes

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the battery is the part of the e-cigarette that causes the explosion. E-cigarettes use lithium ion batteries with flammable liquid electrolytes. This liquid is prone to overheating and exploding when the battery receives too much voltage when charging. This is just one of the reasons why e-cigarettes explode. E-cigarettes are a new technology, and the industry is not highly regulated. Many e-cigarettes are produced in China.


California accident attorney, California personal injury lawyerBurn injuries can happen in a variety of ways in a variety of places. They can happen at home, at work, or while in public. Regardless of how you are burned, the injuries from burns can be severe and life-altering. Under California law, you may be entitled to money damages if you sustained the burns in an accident where you were not at fault.

There are several common causes or sources of burn injuries:

  • Heat. Contact with overly hot items, liquid, or gas can cause burns. For example, touching a piece of exposed, overheating equipment or getting hot coffee spilled on you can cause a heat burn;
  • Chemicals. Exposure to chemicals, many of which are found in houses, can cause burns. Bleach, rock salt, ammonia, drain cleaners, lye, and rust remover can all cause chemical burns if they are left on bare skin too long;
  • Electricity. Electrical burns happen after a victim comes into contact with electricity or lightning. Electrical burns are unique because the can be internal and can cause extensive damage throughout the body; and
  • Friction. Friction occurs when the skin moves over a hard surface. These types of burns are likely to happen in accidents where someone falls out of a moving vehicle, for example.

People often underestimate the value of burn injuries. Keep in mind that you should be compensated for all medical costs, including medical costs you will have to pay in the future and the cost of any plastic surgery. Burn victims should also be compensated for pain and suffering. In addition, the victim should be compensated for any lost wages. Special consideration is also given to disfigurement.







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