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Who Pays if the Smoke Detectors Don't Work?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Home fires are an absolute nightmare, but that is compounded by the fact that if your smoke detectors aren't working, you may have little warning of what is happening. When a smoke detector doesn't work, you could find your home engulfed in flames and could sustain substantial burns and smoke inhalation from it, not to mention home damage. However, if your smoke detector isn't working, who pays for it?

The bad news is that if your smoke detector wasn't functioning due to low or no battery in it, and you own your own home, you are responsible for it. However, if you rent your home, then it is a landlord's responsibility to check and maintain smoke detectors. Failure to keep smoke alarms in working order means that your landlord can be held responsible for it regardless of if the apartments or homes were kept up to city code in all other requirements.

While it is a landlord's responsibility to ensure that smoke alarms are working, even if you own your own home, if your smoke alarm did not go off regardless of battery, it could be a defect from the company. The major problem with this is proving it. Often smoke alarms suffer substantial damages in the fire, and if this is the case, then your case against the company goes up in flames with it.

If you have been burned in a house fire due to a poorly maintained or malfunctioning smoke alarms, contact us today so we can talk about all your available options.

Burn Injuries - The Physical and Emotional Pain

Thursday, June 01, 2017

If you are suffering from a burn injury or the disability that has resulted from this type of injury, you are enduring one of the most excruciatingly painful experiences one could possibly endure.  Even a small burn is painful, but when you have suffered burn(s) to a large portion of your body or a part of your body that has rendered you unable to carry on the normal daily activities due to hospitalization, medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgeries, etc., you deserve to be represented by attorneys who know the law and can work for you to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate medical treatment and compensation for all that you are enduring as the result of the incident,  If someone's neglect or failure to adhere to safety standards has resulted in you suffering through the pain and long recovery of a burn injury, contact us immediately.  The lawyers at Freeman and Freeman will assist you in every legal aspect regarding your medical treatment, your recovery, and overall compensation for the pain and suffering, including possible psychiatric impairment, that has resulted from someone's negligence.   

A severe injury of this type leads to a long-term medical treatment plan and recovery plan. The hospitalization periods vary significantly depending on the percentage of your body burned, as well as the degree of the burns. The road to complete recovery is a long one and can take its toll on you physically and mentally, as well as cause financial hardship and undue stress on your family. A burn injury can lead to long-term psychiatric impairment as well that can manifest itself in many ways. Treatments of burns are painful in many ways, both physically and mentally. The scars the burns leave behind are not only on your body, but they are in your mind and may also leave scars on your relationships and/or your family. 

You do not have to endure the pain of a burn injury, in addition to the legality of someone's carelessness or neglect on your own while trying to recover from the injury itself. Contact us to make an appointment to speak with you or your personal representative regarding your legal options. You deserve the best treatment available and you deserve to be fully compensated for the pain and disability you are enduring, or will continue to endure due to permanent disabilities. 

Are Punitive Damages Available for Burn Injuries?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If you have been the victim of a burn injury, then you are entitled to a number of damages depending on who was at fault. If the responsible party intentionally burned you or was grossly negligent in the accident, then you may not only receive compensation to cover treatment of the injury available to you, but punitive damages as well.

Punitive damages are essentially just extra cash tacked onto the compensation. They are meant to punish the defendant who acted in a reprehensible manner that caused the accident. If the accident was the fault of a wealthy party, then punitive damages will be higher in order to make them fully feel the responsibility.

However, while punitive damages are easily sought in a case where one party intentionally burned another, they are not always easy to get in cases of gross negligence. Typically grossly negligent burn cases are against manufacturers who, for example, put a product on the market without proper testing. However, in these cases you will find that the defendant is much more likely to settle if a court case could cost them thousands or millions of dollars in punitive damages.

In the hands of a skilled personal injury lawyer, your burn case can not only cover your recovery and any reconstructive surgery you may need, but the punitive damages you receive could help you live a more comfortable life. If you are a victim of a burn injury due to negligence in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman can do to help you.

What Damages are Available to Burn Injury Sufferers?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It has been some time since it happened, but the United States (if not, the world) will all still remember one of the most famous personal injury cases of all time - the McDonald's "hot coffee" incident. In this case, a woman sued the fast food company after she was severely burned from spilling their hot coffee on her lap. It was a media circus with much of it shaming the victim because, well, coffee is supposed to be hot, right?

What they failed to address is that McDonald's keeps their coffee at a temperature of up to 190 degrees, making it way too hot for human consumption and way hotter than it needs to be. Essentially, by creating coffee that was too hot to drink, this lady had herself a case.

Initially, the woman offered to settle for $20,000 to keep the case out of court. This would have been enough to cover her significant medical bills and some lost wages from a time where she couldn't work due to the injury. McDonald's counter it with an insult of $800. After her attorneys pushed forwards to court and made the case of McDonald's negligent and reckless behavior, she ended up with $3 million dollars in punitive damages.

In a burn injury case, the injured party can and should seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering they had to endure for such a horrific injury. When the other party has shown negligence and recklessness, that McDonald's case sets the precedence for punitive damage as well.

If you have been the victim of a severe burn injury and aren't sure what you are entitled to, contact us today.

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.


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