Fire and Burn Injury

Firefighters Warn Of Dangers When Using Firepot Fuel Gels

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2012

November 26, 2012

Despite the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issuing a voluntary recall for the fuel gel used in a decorative flaming ceramic pot more than a year ago due to Fire and Burn Injury risks, firefighters in California are reminding residents these products are dangerous.

ABC 7 News reports the flame inside the lit fuel canister can burn so low that it may not be visible to the human eye. So, when a person goes to change the canister out, it may still be burning, causing hot and burning liquid fuel to spill. These spills have a potential to cause the canister to explode as well.

A woman from Anaheim, California, was one of the most recent victims of the defective product. She sustained second-degree burns on her face as the result of a fuel canister explosion, while her dog sustained second and third-degree burns over 25 percent of its body.

Safety advocates are pushing for companies to utilize modern means of communication, such as social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, for warning customers about potentially hazardous products. Officials are also working on policies that will better regulate the gel fuel market.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers believe manufacturers of products like fuel gel and fire pots have an obligation to ensure the safety of their products for consumers and failure to do so could be considered negligence in the event of an accident.

California Ranked Among States With High Numbers Of Cooking Fires On Thanksgiving

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2012

November 19, 2012

Millions of Americans fry turkeys each Thanksgiving. What many people don’t realize though is just how dangerous deep-frying a turkey can be.

According to a press release published by, approximately 1,000 cooking fires are reported in the United States each Thanksgiving. Many of these accidents have resulted in people suffering serious fire and burn injuries and have been estimated to cost roughly $15 million in property damage. Even more disturbing is that California is one of the states where these accidents are most common. The report went on to say that California ranked fourth highest in the nation for cooking fire accidents over the five year period from 2007 to 2011, accounting for a total of 12 incidents.

How can these accidents be prevented? Experts say cooking location when frying a turkey is crucial. Make sure cooking will take place a minimum of 20 feet from any structure. Also, be sure to turn off the flame when adding a turkey to hot oil in order to prevent a fire from occurring if oil spills over. Most importantly, never leave hot oil or a frying turkey unattended.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how serious a fire or burn injury from hot oil can be and are hopeful these tips will help to prevent any injuries from occurring this Thanksgiving!

$1 Million Settlement Reached In UC-Davis Pepper Spray Incident

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2012

October 15, 2012

A settlement has been reached between the University of California-Davis and 21 protesters who were injured last year as the result of excessive force used by campus police. According to The Wall Street Journal, the group of plaintiffs will each receive $30,000 from a total $1 million award.

The incident occurred on November 18, 2011, at the site of a protest for the occupy movement on the campus of the school. When protesters refused to move and sat peacefully with their arms entwined together, campus police approached the group and began to spray individuals in the face with commercial-grade pepper spray, leaving many with chemical burn injuries. Video of the incident soon went viral and numerous complaints were filed, saying the school and police not only used excessive force that resulted in personal injury, but also should have been protecting the students from such injuries.

Other stipulations of the settlement include $20,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union, who represented the protesters  to continue their work in the field of free speech and monitoring protest regulations and policies. Also, the University will set aside $100,000 for anyone else who can prove they were injured or arrested at the protest that day.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the emotional and physical trauma such incidents can cause and hope the settlement will bring some sense of closure to the victims.

Firework Safety Vital for Alameda County

by Staff Blogger | July 5th, 2011

July 4, 2011

With today being our country’s Independence Day, many people in Alameda County are scouring out locations that will be suitable for their own personal fireworks display. The heat that has recently dried out the area, combined with the open flames and sparks of fireworks, could prove to be quite a hazardous situation.

In fact, the National Council On Firework Safety (NCFS) reported an estimated 7,000 injuries caused by fireworks in 2008 alone. That number was an all-time low, and the council credits consumer education on safety as the main contributing factor to the decrease in injuries.

According to ABC News 7, one firework retailer in Dublin, California, offers a safety warning to each customer who comes through the purchase line, “We ask them to please stay where it’s legal, we ask them to go to the parks that are designated for firing the fireworks.” Firing from an open area, like a park, can greatly reduce the risk of house and forest fires as hot ashes from the fireworks descend.

The NCFS also suggests that after each firing device has burned out, it should be placed under a watering hose or bucket of water to ensure it is fully extinguished.

The California Fire and Burn Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July Celebration.

3 Sought in Connection with Car Crash that Started Temecula Blaze

by bil | September 12th, 2007

Three teenagers allegedly stole a black 2006 Honda Accord, crashed it, and started a serious California fire on Tuesday. The California fire covered 430 acres and is only 50% contained. More than 700 firefighters have been attempting to put the fire out, but there may be strong winds later in the day that could cause the fire to spread more rapidly.

There have been no serious California burn injuries resulting from the car crash, and the three teens are still at large. One boy is believed to have suffered a serious back injury in the California car crash.

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