But a man living in Dallas had a different kind of technology accident. Coworkers pulled him from a meeting to show him that his laptop was emitting sparks. After the smoke cleared, three explosions had come from the laptop, and the battery cells were “flying across the room.” Read the rest »
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Burn injuries are among the most painful types of injuries, especially when they are severe. The risk of a secondary infection after a severe burn is also high. Young children are at a higher risk for burn injuries at home, because they do not yet understand the risks posed by everyday items like stoves, hot water, and candles.
Parents and other adults should do everything they can to prevent children from suffering burn injuries. Here are some tips for preventing injuries, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Check your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are one of the easiest ways to alert the whole family to the danger of a house fire caused by faulty wiring, a defective heater, or another danger. Check your smoke alarms at least once a month and change their batteries at least twice per year. Read the rest »
Although cooking-related fires remain the number-one cause of house fires in the U.S., heating equipment follows a close second, according to the USFA. Fireplaces, wood stoves, chimneys, and space heaters greatly increase the risk of a fire, especially when they are not maintained properly or they contain hidden defects. Between 2008 and 2010, 87 percent of heating-related fires were caused by problems with chimneys, flues, or the fireplaces or wood stoves attached to them. Space heaters can also increase the risk of causing carbon monoxide poisoning, especially if they are older models or contain hidden defects. Read the rest »
Every year, about 3,000 Americans lose their lives in a home fire, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and many more are injured. Experienced Texas fire injury attorneys know just how devastating fire deaths and injuries can be.
Whether a home fire is started by faulty electrical wiring, a defective appliance or a dropped cigarette, family members need to know how to protect themselves from fire and escape if one starts. To review your home for fire safety, consider the following checklist: Read the rest »
With the winter holidays just a few weeks away, families throughout Dallas, Mesquite and Fort Worth are making plans, buying supplies and preparing to start their holiday cooking. Although working in the kitchen always carries some risk of injury, you can reduce these risks for the ones you love by keeping some basic safety tips in mind.
Here are four ways that experienced Dallas injury lawyers protect themselves when cooking up holiday treats: Read the rest »
The winter months still seem far away when Texas families are headed to high school football games and other fun fall events. But by checking on your home heating equipment now, you can be ready when the cold weather rolls in.
According to the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA), half of all home heating fires are reported in the months of December, January and February – the coldest months of the year in the U.S., including Texas. Experienced Texas product liability injury lawyers recommend that you reduce your chances of a home fire by taking the time to examine your home heating equipment now, before you need it. Read the rest »
When you throw a Labor Day cookout, you want your guests to go home with their stomachs full of delicious grilled treats and their heads full of fun memories. The last thing you want is to start a fire or risk causing a burn injury or other harm to yourself, your family, or your guests.
Before you pack up the grill for the winter, practice these grilling safety tips from your experienced Texas personal injury attorneys:
- Always check your grill before using it. Even if you’ve used the grill all summer, inspect it before you light it this Labor Day. Check for blocked vents or tubes, dents, corrosion, leakage, loose brackets, or other damage that might lead to injuries. Read the rest »
In 2011 there were 95,500 apartment fires in America. Most of these types of fires lead to many burn injuries and even deaths due to the negligence of someone else. To help protect your family, watch out for these three common causes of apartment fires:
- Smoking: Many fires that lead to serious burn injuries and deaths start when a smoker falls asleep with a lit cigarette or when cigarettes are left smoldering in a full ashtray. It’s important to never smoke indoors or lying down, and to ensure that a cigarette is fully extinguished when you are done with it.
- Cooking and Kitchen Equipment: According to the National Fire Protection Association, the majority of domestic fires start in the kitchen. Most of these fires begin when you are distracted when cooking and forget there is something on the stove top. Also towels and oven mitts left too close to a cooking source, grease splatters from frying and pots boiling over can start a fire that leads to burn injuries or even death.
- Electrical Appliances: Common causes of apartment fires are electrical appliances like heaters, dryers and more. Heaters might spark a fire through mechanical problems or overheating. Dryers might start a fire through mechanical failure or if you forget to empty the lint filter regularly. Make sure your heater is kept at least 3 feet away from other objects and, since apartments usually have only one exit, ensure the heater is not blocking it.
If you or a loved one were the victim of burn injuries or death because of a fire, usually it was due to the negligence of someone else. You deserve justice and compensation for your pain. Contact the Texas burn injury attorneys today, and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
According to the American Burn Association, every year in America 500,000 burn injury victims receive medical treatment and 4,000 fire and burn injury victims die from fire-related accidents. To help protect you and your loved ones from traumatic burn injuries, here are four ways you can prevent burn injuries at home:
- Keep your home well-maintained: Many times burn injuries are the result of faulty electric wiring. If you have the smallest concern about your home’s electrical system, it’s vital to get a licensed electrician to check for any issues that could lead to serious fire-related accidents.
- Watch out in the kitchen: Most burn injuries that occur at home happen in the kitchen while cooking. Make sure that your pot handles are turned inward, so children can’t grab pots and harm themselves, never leave pans or pots unattended and always use oven mitts to prevent burn injuries.
- Be careful with chemicals: When practicing some hobbies or doing home projects, you might have to use strong chemicals. If misused, these chemicals could lead to painful burn injuries. Always store and use chemicals as directed in order to prevent fire-related accidents and chemical burns.
- Make sure your tap water isn’t too hot: You might not think about your tap water burning you, but it certainly can, especially small children and the elderly. Keep your hot water heater set at no more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burn injuries.
Even if you follow fire safety to avoid fire-related accidents, many aren’t as careful. If you or a loved one were the victim of burn injuries due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to justice and compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the experienced Texas burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Summer in Dallas, Texas is a fun time to enjoy the sun with your friends and family through swimming and barbecuing, but it’s also a time when many personal injuries occur. To help you and your family stay safe this summer, here are some tips on how to avoid four common summer injuries:
- Barbecue burn injuries: U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues every year. To protect yourself from burn injuries, avoid tossing oil on the grill to watch it flame up, grill in a well-ventilated area and use long tongs to prevent serious burn injuries or smoke inhalation.
- Lawn mowing injuries: Each year 80,000 Americans require hospital treatment for lawn mower accidents. To prevent these accidents, ensure that your mower is in good working condition, clear your yard of any objects that could be flung by the lawnmower blades and don’t mow without enough daylight.
- Swimming pool injuries: Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14. The best way to prevent drownings is to teach your children to swim at an early age, always make sure they have a life vest on and to never leave your child unattended within easy reach of water.
- Playground injuries: The most common summer injury for children is falling, many times off of playground equipment. To help your children stay safe, constantly supervise your children, don’t allow those under 6 years old to play on equipment that is taller than 4 feet and make sure the playground has a padded surface.
Even after you are careful, many times summer injuries occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a personal injury this summer, you deserve justice. Contact the Texas personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.