A Jacksonville, Florida jury recently awarded $100,000.00 to a woman who was burned by hot coffee when the lid came off of the Starbucks coffee she was handed at a drive-through window. The woman claimed that the lids tended to pop off, putting people at risk for burns. Starbucks admitted that the company receives about 80 complaints per month regarding leaks and lids popping off of cups unexpectedly. For those of you who may have experienced a similar injury in Virginia, you may be out of luck. [Read more…]
Of all fires reported in the U.S. roughly 20 percent are vehicle fires. Fire breaks out in only 0.1 percent of vehicle crashes. Yet fire was a factor on 2.8 percent of fatal crashes. Vehicle fires after crashes thus account for comparatively few crash fatalities. Unfortunately, burns sustained in Vehicle Crashes typically cause fatalities or very severe injuries. In addition, these patients have undergone the mental and emotional trauma of being trapped in a burning car.
Burns caused by fire, hot metal, steam, or scalding liquids are called Thermal burn injuries. These burns are common when there is fire after a vehicle crash. Thermal burns almost always cause deep burn injury, often third and fourth degree burns. Recovery form such severe burns may require years to heal entirely, and the treatment is very expensive. A large number of these severe burns cause damage so severe or widespread that it is impossible for the victim to return to the workplace. [Read more…]