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.

Cigarette Blamed For San Francisco Fire That Injured Two

by Staff Blogger | December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011

Cigarettes are not only hazardous to your health because of the smoke, but also because of the fire hazard they create. A lit cigarette is being blamed for starting a fire in a San Francisco apartment building that left one resident and a firefighter injured. According to CBS –San Francisco the blaze erupted at around 8:00 in the morning on Sunday at 347 Eddy Street.

Firefighters who responded to the scene stated an initial investigation showed that the fire originated with a cigarette butt that was thrown down in a lightwell and not properly extinguished. The fire grew until it consumed nearly six stories of the building. Although the fire remained mostly contained in the lightwell, flames had managed to seep into several surrounding walls. This meant firefighters had to tear out walls in several residencies and hallways in order to fully extinguish the flames.

No injuries were reported except for a firefighter and resident who required treatment for smoke inhalation. They were both taken to a local area hospital where they received treatment and were released.

Firefighters say the best way to avoid an accident like this one is to not smoke indoors and to always use proper cigarette receptacles to fully extinguish a cigarette or cigar when done.

The California Fire and Burn Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers have years of experience handling cases where victims were injured in fire that started at no fault of their own. Learn more about the firm by watching this informative video.

Former Employees Blow The Whistle Before And After Gas Leak Explosion

by Staff Blogger | August 9th, 2011

August 8, 2011

Several former employees of the utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), have come forward to tell the public about how the company ignored repeated warnings of safety hazards concerning the integrity of gas lines throughout San Bruno, California, prior to an explosion last year that killed eight people, injured dozens, and left 55 home uninhabitable.

A gas-crew welding foreman told The Oakland Tribune, he missed out on high-paying overtime hours after telling the company’s Manager of Investigations of “potentially explosive gas leaks” and falsified records. The Manager of Investigations was subsequently laid off after taking the findings of unfixed gas leaks, which were claimed to be fixed or to not exist at all, to PG&E higher-ups. He sued PG&E for wrongful termination in 2008, but the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum days after the filing was made.

A union safety official was also threatened with his job by PG&E executives after bringing to light dangerous working conditions for employees of the company. Allegedly, two PG&E supervisors detained him in a hotel room overnight, threatened to fire him, and made him submit to a psychiatric exam. According to a lawsuit filed against PG&E, he was found to be “mentally fit, except for anxiety that was attributable to his having been severely mistreated by PG&E.”

The California Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Law may be able to help you settle your case if you have been hurt while on the job at no fault of your own.

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.

Two Firefighters Die In Diamond Heights House Fire

by Staff Blogger | June 6th, 2011

June 6, 2011

Two firefighters have died as a result of a house fire in the Diamond Heights area of San Francisco. KCBS-San Francisco reports the announcement came at a news conference Saturday morning led by San Francisco Fire Chief, Joanne Hayes-White. The announcement was made with the Chief surrounded by friends and family of the victims and more than 100 firefighters. The two men are the first firemen in the department to die in the line of duty in over a decade.

Reportedly, firefighters responded to the call on Thursday about the blaze at the 100 Block of Berkeley Way. The two men were among the first firefighters to enter the four-story home shooting flames high into the sky. At some point while inside, the men were caught in a flashover. A flashover is a surge of flame that overtakes a room, when everything within those walls suddenly ignites at once.

The men were severely burned and transported to San Francisco General Hospital. The first firefighter died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest. The second held on nearly forty hours before passing.

According to the American Burn Association, 3,500 people died in 2010 due to burns sustained in a fire. Dealing with the aftermath of a severe burn can be difficult. From financial burden to physical and mental stress, there are many struggles burn victims must overcome. The California Fire and Burn Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers may be able to help struggling burn victims get the care and compensation they deserve.

Firefighter suffers San Francisco burn injury; 48 left homeless

by bil | January 6th, 2011

January 6, 2011

The San Francisco Chronicle reports an early-morning San Francisco fire has left 48 people homeless. The two-alarm fire in an apartment complex started early on New Year’s Day.

Several residents suffered minor fire injuries, mostly related to smoke inhalation. One firefighter suffered a San Francisco burn injury to his hand in the blaze.

The cause of the San Francisco fire is still under investigation. Crews had been in the building earlier in the day doing electrical work. The landlord thought a tenant may have been using a candle for light since the power was out, which could be another possible cause of the San Francisco fire.

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If you have been injured in a San Francisco fire, the California fire and burn injury lawyerss at Berg Injury Lawyers can help you.

Two die in Fresno fire accident

by bil | December 2nd, 2008

December 2, 2008

The Fresno Bee reports that Fresno fire and burn injuries left two people dead Sunday morning.

The Fresno fire accident started shortly after 7:00am, and was already engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The California fire accident was not brought under control until 11:30am.

The Fresno fire and burn victims who suffered deadly fire injuries have not yet been identified. A neighbor reports that one occupant moved in about a year ago, and the other victim in the Fresno fire accident may have been a friend who was visiting.

Fire investigators were still combing through the rubble in an effort to find out what caused this California fire accident that claimed two lives.

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The Fresno fire and burn injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers can help if you have been injured in a California fire accident.

Several suffer minor injuries in San Francisco fire accident

by bil | October 30th, 2008

October 30, 2008

A two alarm fire in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood has left nine people displaced, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A spokesman from the fire department says the blaze started around 9:40 pm. The fire began in the basement area of a three-unit building.

One resident suffered minor injuries related to smoke inhalation in the California fire accident. Six adults and three children were left homeless, but all escaped without San Francisco fire and burn injuries.

Fire fighters were able to prevent the San Francisco fire accident from spreading to adjacent buildings. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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The San Francisco fire and burn injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers can help if you have been injured in a California fire accident.