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Protect Your Guests From Burn Injuries This Labor Day: Top Tips

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 27, 2014

Personal Injury Attorney TXWhen 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 »

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Essential Protective Wear for Motorcycle Riders

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 10, 2014

No helmet during my motorcycle accident. Is my case weakened?It is essential that motorcycle riders suit up with the following safety gear before they hit the road. It is for their protection- to reduce injuries to their bodies in case of an accident. If you are a motorcycle rider, you already know how important protective wear is to your life on the road. Critical motorcycle safety equipment can save the lives of both the rider and the passenger. Essential protective gear for motorcycle riders starts with the basics like helmets, to more specialized safety equipment like abrasion-resistant riding pants.
The following are four essential pieces of protective gear for motorcycle riders, to save them from serious bodily injury, in case an accident happens.

Motorcycle Helmet

A motorcycle helmet consists of four basic parts that shield and protect the head of a rider in the event of a motorcycle collision. The four basic parts include:

  • An inner protective lining: it collapses in the event of an impact or shock force to absorb further the shock to the head of a rider.
  • A carbon fiber or Kevlar hard outer shell to resist and absorb shock.
  • A helmet chin: it secures the helmet to the head of a rider incase of an impact.
  • A foam liner: for comfort, and moulds the helmet to the rider’s head. It can be removed for cleaning.

In order to ensure you choose a helmet that fits your head correctly, use a tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler to measure the circumference around the largest part of the head- right above the eyebrow. A helmet that fits right should feel snug around your head, but it shouldn’t hurt. Keep in mind that the helmet liner stretches about half a size, once worn. Once you’ve worn a helmet, fasten the chin strap and shake your head from side to side and up and down to test for looseness.

Face Shield

A face shield prevents bugs from invading your mouth, also providing protection against the elements and road debris as you ride. Some helmets come included with a face shield, others need one added. Choose a helmet whose face shield is impact resistant to rocks, should you suffer a collision. Also opt for a face shield that is scratch resistant as scratches can refract light and impair vision. Secure your face shield to your helmet by fastening both sides.

Motorcycle Gloves

Motorcycle gloves protect the hands of a rider from blisters and also keep them safe from road debris, and prevent injury or abrasions in case of a fall or accident. Choose a pair of motorcycle gloves that fit your hands snugly, but don’t impair motorcycle operation. You can choose several different pairs – one for fall and one for summer.

Motorcycle Boots

Boots protect the feet and ankles of a rider while he/she rides against flying debris, hot exhaust pipes, etc. Pick a pair made of oil-resistant material, slip free rubber-based composite soles for grip on bike pegs and pavement, and a pair that cover the ankles from flying debris, exhaust pipe burns, bike spills, and crashes.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of someone else, contact the professionals at The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson for a free consultation.

What Starts Apartment Fires?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 11, 2013

What Starts Apartment Fires?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.

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4 Ways to Prevent Burn Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 23, 2013

4 Ways to Prevent Burn InjuriesAccording 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.

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How to Avoid Common Summer Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 10, 2013

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.

How Fireworks Related Injuries Occur

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 4, 2013

You might have enjoyed some fireworks this 4th of July, but each year around 10,000 people are treated in the emergency room because of fireworks related injuries. Fireworks injuries can occur to anyone, but usually the victims are children ages 5-19 and adults ages 25-55. Here are some of the typical ways burn injuries related to fireworks occur:

  • Using non-consumer fireworks: Consumer fireworks have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but commercial fireworks have not and a federal license is required to purchase them. Even though many state and local ordinances prohibit the use of non-consumer fireworks, many distributors continue to sell dangerous commercial fireworks to the public, which leads to many injuries.
  • Firing them too close: Many serious fireworks related injuries occur because they were fired too close to people.
  • Aren’t handled properly: Often people forget how serious fireworks are and cause injury to themselves because they don’t know how to handle them. This is common especially with unsupervised children.

Typical injuries related to fireworks include severe burns on the hands and fingers, and even blindness. The best ways to prevent these injuries are to:

  • Read and follow the directions on the packaging.
  • Have water nearby to put out flames.
  • Aim fireworks away from bystanders.
  • Go to fireworks shows put on by professionals instead of doing your own.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a burn injury because of fireworks, or any other type of personal injury due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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4 Ways to Prevent House Fires

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 26, 2013

Each year around 3,400 people are killed in house fires, which are the third most common cause of accidental deaths at home. Deaths and burn injuries from fires are usually due to the negligence of someone else, and could have been avoided. To help you protect your loved ones from burn injuries, here are four ways you can prevent a house fire:

  • Always be alert while cooking: Many times burn injuries occur during cooking and getting burned at the stove because you were distracted. Since cooking leads to many house fires, it’s important to never leave a pot or pan unattended on your stove top. If you do need to leave the kitchen, turn down the heat before stepping away.
  • Leave room around your space heater: Another common way fire-related injuries occur is from space heaters. Many times curtains, sheets or clothes will be too close to the space heater and will catch on fire. Try to have three feet of clear space around your space heater to prevent any fires in your home.
  • Don’t smoke in your home: Smoking is not only bad for your health, but is also one of the most common ways that fires start in homes. They commonly occur because smokers forget their smoldering cigarettes on couches or tables, and then catch on fire. Try to smoke only outside your home to prevent smoking-related fires.
  • Watch your candles: Many times house fires occur because candles are forgotten and catch other things on fire. Whenever you leave a room, remember to put out the candle before you step out of the room. The best way to prevent these fires is to try to use battery operated candles.

Fires can occur anywhere at anytime, usually because someone was not being responsible. If you or a loved one were a victim of burn injuries or death from a fire, you deserve compensation. Contact the burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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5 Common Causes of Burn Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 11, 2013

According to the American Burn Association, roughly 450,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year. Burn injuries can result in swelling, blistering, scarring, shock and even death.

Around 3,400 people die each year from burn-related causes. The American Burn Association’s 2012 Fact Sheet shared the common causes of burn-related deaths for last year:

  • 2,550 deaths from residential fires
  • 300 from vehicle crash fires
  • 150 deaths from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires
  • 400 from contact with electricity, scalding liquids or hot objects

The cause of most burn injuries and deaths is from a residential fire. To help prevent fires and burn injuries at home, be extra cautious when using these five items:

  • Clothing irons: You might use an iron every day to press your clothes, but this tool causes many severe burn injuries every year.
  • Curling iron: Curling irons can cause burns to the face, hands and arms. Children also can be hurt by grabbing a curling iron they didn’t know was hot.
  • Barbecue grills: Many enjoy grilling in the summer, but burn injuries related to grilling can be very severe since you are coming in direct contact with fire.
  • Ovens and stovetops: It’s painful to forget to put on your oven mitts and then grab a dish from a 400 degree oven. Ovens and stovetops cause many burn injuries to busy cooks.
  • Fireplaces: Even though a cozy fire in your fireplace is romantic, it can be difficult to get your fire burning in a controlled manner for an extended period of time. Don’t let your guard down when tending to it.

Many times burn injuries are due to the negligence of someone else. If you or your loved one have suffered a burn injury due to someone’s irresponsibility, you deserve compensation. Contact the burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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