The threat of wildfires in Northern California has grown in recent years due to the extended drought period. Dry conditions are prime for fast-spreading fires that consume everything in their path. Wildfires are difficult to control and extinguish, making them a very significant threat when they occur. Sadly, lack of notice or failure to flee can result in serious burn injuries, smoke inhalation, death, property damage, and other harms. Damages don’t just stem from the flames themselves – wildfires have many far-reaching repercussions.
There is rarely a single cause for any given car fire, even if an investigator can trace all the way back to the incident that sparked the blaze. It is more likely that there was a combination of causes: human causes, mechanical causes, and chemical causes, and they all worked together to create an incredibly dangerous situation. Defects in a car’s fuel-delivery system or gas tank placement can cause the vehicle to burst into flames following an accident. Post-collision fires can often be traced to ruptures in the car’s fuel lines or gas tank due to faulty design or improper maintenance.
An apartment or a house can be consumed by fire in minutes. Injuries from building fires can be extremely painful, life changing, and often fatal. Such injuries most often involve burns, but also may include head trauma and broken bones from explosions, cuts and abrasions from flying or falling debris, and inhalation of smoke or toxic fumes. Cases involving such injuries can be very complicated and establishing liability and recovering damages requires the expertise of a lawyer with prior experience handling fire and explosion cases.
When a loved one is involved in a fire, many questions arise about the care they will need, the burn treatments they will receive, and the expense of the burn injury. The California burn injury attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group can help you ascertain the answers you need. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in California who have been victims of burn injuries. We have extensive experience helping victims and their families comprehend the nature of a loved one’s burn injury and the treatment they need.
Chemical burn injuries can occur at home and frequently happen in the workplace. Chemical burns occur when the skin or eyes come into contact with irritants, such as acids or bases (alkaline). Chemical burns can be very painful and are classified on the same scale as other burn injuries – first, second, or third degree burns.
A defective product is any product that causes injury to a person due to faulty labeling, a design defect or defective manufacturing. Generally the law that governs defective products is referred to as product liability. This area of law refers to the responsibility held by the manufacturer, designer, distributor, or retailer of any consumer product to ensure that it does not cause harm to the consumer.
An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases.
Although a small number of fires resulting in explosions occur in residences, cars, and other non-industrial locations, the majority are workplace-related. Leaking natural gas lines, gasoline and propane tanks, and flammable substances such as paint thinners, heating fuel, petroleum, and welding gases, all explode when sparked by fire.
An electrical injury is damage to the skin or internal organs when a person comes into direct contact with an electrical current. Electrical burns differ from thermal or chemical burns in that they cause much more subdermal damage. They can exclusively cause surface damage, but more often tissues deeper underneath the skin have been severely damaged. As a result, electrical burns are difficult to accurately diagnose, and many people underestimate the severity of their burn. In extreme cases, electricity can cause shock to the brain, strain to the heart, and injury to other organs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was created to provide safe working environments for workers. Although the standards enforced by OSHA have helped to reduce the occurrence of such accidents, preventable workplace accidents unfortunately still occur. And when they do, the consequences of them can be catastrophic to victims and their families.
Unfortunately, burn injuries are quite common with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States. Globally, around 265,000 people die each year from burn injuries, most of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. Non-fatal burn injuries are also the leading cause of morbidity, according to WHO.