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The Hidden Dangers and Burn Injury Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Many people believe that electronic cigarettes are safer compared to conventional cigarettes. But even though e-cigs don’t combust tobacco the way the traditional tobacco cigarette does, these electronic products still pose dangerous burn injury risks. A troubling number of reports are surfacing showing how e-cigs can explode, causing facial and burn injuries.

The vapors of e-cigs are produced by heating a liquid, a process powered by a lithium ion battery. These batteries have already posed fire risks in other products, such as laptop computers. But the risk of a fire and potential explosion is higher in e-cigs due to the design of these products, according to Scientific American. The magazine notes that a 2014 report from the U.S. Fire Administration found that these devices’ cylindrical shape means that its weakest points are at its ends. These points are most likely to explode if the battery fails, the agency said.

A man in Albany, NY, found himself the victim of an exploding e-cigAccording to CNN, the exploding device knocked out teeth, ripped a hole in his tongue, and caused burns to his hands. CNN also noted another incident involving an Alabama teenager whose e-cig exploded and sent the device’s hot battery into his face.

Representatives of electronic tobacco products are standing up for their products, saying that they are rare. The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association said that when explosions happen, they are usually attributed to an e-cig’s charger. But regardless of the cause of the battery failure, an electronic cigarette poses a risk of explosion and fire. If you have experienced burns or other injuries from e-cigs, please contact us to learn more about your legal options.

What to do if You are the Victim of Auto Accidents

Friday, September 09, 2016

Tragedy can strike anywhere -- even California. And all of the cities in the state are full to the brim with drivers -- commuters, taxis, buses, public servants. All of that traffic can lead to some nasty situations, including ones where you get hit by a vehicle. This is a difficult situation to handle, so here are some steps to follow in the wake of the accident, so that you can maximize your health and well-being.

What to do if you are victim of an auto accident:

The first thing to do in the wake of an automobile accident as a pedestrian is to make sure that you are not in any physical danger. If you are hurt badly, you will be taken to a nearby hospital; if the hit was not as hard, simply do an internal checkup on yourself. If you are not seriously hurt, the driver should wait for you and exchange information; if they do not, speak to other witnesses who can help provide you with identifying information. That is name, contact information and insurance information.

The next important step is to make sure you know your rights -- as a victim, you are afforded legal options that you may pursue. If the driver is liable for the accident, you may pursue legal action against them.

This legal action is important because it protects your health and wellbeing. For instance, medical bills (if you are seriously injured) can be very expensive, and this is a situation where you could be reimbursed by the driver's insurance; if the insurance company is not very forthcoming, you may take the action to civil court.

It is important to note, though, that these legal actions are complicated, and if you want to be able to make the most of them to pay for your medical bills, you will probably need to hire a lawyer. Speak with your attorney to determine liability, damages and any other pertinent information for the case.

If you are in California and experience such an accident, please contact us -- we will fight to make sure you receive just compensation for your accident.


POOL ACCIDENTS AND DROWNING INJURIES: What to do if You've been Injured

Thursday, September 01, 2016

According to the CDC, each year hundreds of children die and thousands more are injured in swimming pool accidents; these happen in public pools, on private property and even water parks. Here in California, the summer months are particularly hazardous with school out, warm weather and plenty of children playing in and around water.

There are several ways you could be injured in a swimming pool accident. The most common and unfortunate form of swimming pool accident involves small children. If a pool has not been properly secured, or if the child has not been adequately supervised tragedy could result.

Pool Accidents and Drowning Injuries

if you are visiting a private home, staying in a hotel or anywhere that has a pool, then that pool needs to be properly secured. Children should not be allowed to access the swimming area without supervision. Drownings can happen in an instant. The owner of the pool needs to make sure that children can’t easily access the swimming area without supervision. In 2015 a child died at Disney World’s Art of Animation resort because he was able to access the swimming pool in the middle of the night. Disney is since put a fence around this pool and around every other resort pool on their property.

When a business doesn’t take proper precautions or homeowner fails to fence in their pool securely a child could drown or be catastrophically injured. Commercial and residential pool owners who fail to secure their swimming area could be held liable for the injuries and death that result from their lack of action.

What to do if You’ve Been Injured in a Pool Accident

Even in properly enclosed pool areas children and adults can be injured by unsafe conditions. The behavior of others in the pool area, the cleanliness of the pool itself and the maintenance of the surrounding area can all contribute to accidents in the pool.

Even those who have been able to be resuscitated or have avoided death can have significant brain injury after a pool accident. If you or your child has been injured in a pool accident seek out medical help immediately. Document the conditions of the pool and the incident; take photographs, interview witnesses have the commercial establishment file a report about the accident.

Seek out legal help. A personal injury attorney can help you get the help you need after a pool related injury or accident. Never accept a settlement or money from an insurance agency without speaking to an attorney first. The company that injured you or the party that injured you needs to be held responsible for that accident.

Contact us to learn more about protecting your rights after a swimming pool accident or injury. Whether you’ve been hurt yourself or your child has been a victim we can help you get the compensation you deserve.


Dog Bites / Animal Bites: How To Prevent Them

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nearly 4.5 million Dog Bites / Animal Bites occur in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the victims are children, and many of the bites occur in the dogs' own homes.

And dogs aren't the only companion animals who can bite and cause serious injury. Cat bites, too, can be very dangerous.

How do you prevent Dog Bites / Animal Bites? Just follow these safety tips.

  • Never corner or try to pick up a frightened cat. Even the sweetest, gentlest house cat will attack if it feels trapped.
  • Supervise young children when they're with family pets, and teach them to treat dogs and cats with respect and caution.
  • Never startle a dog or cat who's sleeping, and don't disturb dogs when they're eating or caring for puppies. Cats caring for kittens need their own space, too.
  • Don't try to pet a dog without allowing it to see you and sniff your hand first.
  • Discourage aggressive play by both dogs and cats.

When An Unfamiliar Dog Approaches

Always be cautious of dogs you don't know. Keep these suggestions in mind to avoid an attack or bite.

  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog. Direct eye contact sends an aggressive message to both dogs and cats.
  • Stand sideways and stay still until the dog goes away.
  • Say "No" or "Go Home" in a firm, deep voice, but don't clap your hands or make loud noises that will frighten the dog and make it more likely to attack.
  • If the dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your head against your chest, and put your hands over your neck and ears.

Sometimes the worst happens, and it's not possible to prevent an attack. If you're the victim of a Dog Bite / Animal Bitecontact us to discuss your options and to find out whether you're entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Dog Bites / Animal Bites: Protect Your Rights After an Attack

Thursday, August 18, 2016

There are literally over 4 million dog bites and injuries each year, according to recent reports from the CDC; injuries can range from minor scrapes or bruises to significant wounds, some extreme attacks are even fatal. Knowing your rights and what to do if you or a loved one is attacked can help you respond the right way and get all of the help you need to recover after a dog related injury.

3 Things to Know about Dog Bites/Animal Bites

Any Dog Can Bite

While pit bulls make headlines, injuries are caused by even small breeds every day. Little pups like Chihuahuas can cause significant damage, particularly if they are being held by the person they attack. Facial scarring and damage can occur in an instant if a little dog decides to attack. The size of the dog or its breed have no bearing on your ability to file a lawsuit and recover your losses. If you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation for your suffering and injuries.

Other Injuries Matter, Too

If a dog attacks your child or pet and then turns on you, the collateral damage matters as well. You still will incur significant expenses even if you are not the party the dog attacked first. Dogs can cause injury without biting at all; a large dog can knock over an elderly person or a small child and cause significant damage without ever bearing his teeth at all. An attorney can help you protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for any injuries caused by the dog in question.

Other Animals Can Attack

Any pet that has not been properly restrained or is not under control of its owner could attack and injure you. Even if the animal is an exotic species instead of a dog, you still have rights and can still pursue compensation. Recent cases have made headlines; snakes, birds and even a pet chimpanzee have caused catastrophic injuries when they attacked a visitor or bystander.

A personal injury attorney familiar with animal bites and dog bites can help you learn about your options and seek out the compensation you deserve after an attack. If you have been bitten or injured by someone else’s pet, contact us to talk about your case and determine what to do next. We are committed to helping you recover and put the attack behind you. 


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