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As a Bellevue personal injury attorney representing patients who have suffered serious burn injuries, we are happy to see a breakthrough in the treatment of burn injuries.

A new burn wound dressing promises to help wounds heal up to 40% faster than other dressings. Developed in New Zealand by Dr. Azam Ali, the new dressing is bio-based and uses materials low-volume protein sources from New Zealand sheep wool and it accelerates wound healing and tissue growth.

The new dressing could greatly help people who have severe burn injuries due to acid or fire.

A winner of the Bayer Innovation of the Year Award in 2010, the new product is especially valuable in the developing world where ra materials would allow for lower cost manufacturing.

Congratulations to Dr. Azam Ali whose research on utilizing and re-engineering bio-based materials provides hope and healing to burn victims. With more than one million burn injuries every year in the United States and thousands occurring in Washington state, fire and burn injuries are the firth leading cause of accidental or preventable death.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have serious burn injuries including those who were injured in car accidents and in industrial accidents.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been asked by a group of safety advocates, including Safety Research & Strategies (SRS), to determine if there is a problem with car seat heaters after reports that defective heaters have caused burn injuries.

The SRS group believes that seat heaters in some cars exceed tolerable levels. At the present time, there are no industry-wide standards for seat heater design or temperatures. Most drivers can sense when their seat heater is too hot but in some disabled drivers and passengers, burn injuries can result if a heater is too hot and they are unable to sense the excessive temperature.

There have been reports of defective heaters burning holes in seat covers as well as injuring drivers.

SRS asks that:

  • Manufacturers put all seat heaters on a timer
  • Manufacturers put heat limits on seat heater temperatures
  • Allow controls which enables disabled drivers and passengers to completely disconnect seat heaters.

We hope this the NHTSA will seriously looking into this manner because a serious burn injury caused by a seat heater seems entirely preventable.

This information is provided by the Seattle personal injury lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We represent people with their product liability claims when a defective product has caused serious injury or death in a loved one.

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The Seattle Times reports that a Kennewick, Washington man suffered serious burn injuries after he put fuel in his pickup truck.

According to the report, the man filled up his truck, drove from the gas station but accidentally caught his clothes on fire when he lit a cigarette and gasoline on his clothing caught on fire.
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The man jumped from his moving pickup truck and the truck crashed into a flagpole.

Gas Station Accidents are more common than one might think. Gasoline burns kill approximately 4,500 people a year while 10,000 more die from infections caused by the burn injury.

Some gasoline station accidents are a result of carelessness or negligence. We’ve read reports on accidents caused when one driver runs into another vehicle pushing it into a gas pump or sparks coming into contact with fuel causing an explosion. People must exercise extreme care when using smoking materials and matches or lighters while fueling their motor vehicles.

Sometimes gas station fires can be caused when necessary maintenance of pumps is not done. In this case the premise owner is liable for damages.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious burn injuries due to the negligence of another. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages which can be substantial in a burn injury because patients often require multiple plastic surgery operations which can cost more than $10,000 each.

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Seattle City Light started inspecting light poles throughout the city after a Sammy the dog was killed in a Seattle electrocution accident. The Seattle Times reports that since the inspections began, Seattle City Light has found 21 hazardous streetlights that had the potential to shock or electrocute a person or a pet.

It appears that the cause of the electrical problems has several causes including Improper installation of equipment; Poor installation instructions; Deterioration of aging equipment; and Improper testing and maintenance of equipment.

Mark Voigtsberger of Power Quality Testing published a report “ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC SHOCK AND ELECTROCUTION CASES” after collecting and analyzing data of accidental public shock and electrocution accidents. Voigtsberger gathered his data searching through newspaper database between 1980 and the present. He found 54 electrocutions and 18 shocks due to contact with with public energized surfaces.

StreetZaps.com founder Blair Sorrel contacted us after seeing our article about Sammy’s electrocution and asked us to disseminate the following information so that you can protect yourself, pedestrians, children and pets from outdoor shockings or electrocution.

How to Slay an Invisible Danger
Blair Sorrel, Founder http://www.StreetZaps.com
212-877-2104 Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.
 
Just start to adopt this simple strategy – EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another person or entity and the family of those who have died with their wrongful death claims.

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Approximately 260 home fires occur every year that started with Christmas trees. While Christmas tree fires are not common, they are almost always preventable.

The two major causes of Christmas tree fires:

  1. Placing the Christmas tree too close to a heat source
  2. Improper disposal/burning of a Christmas tree too close to a dwelling.

Safety Tips

seattle injury accident lawyerHere are some safety tips which will help you enjoy your Christmas tree.

  • Select a fresh tree, one that is not shedding needles
  • Cut off 1/2 inch of the tree’s trunk and then keep it in water to avoid it drying out as dried trees are highly flammable
  • Keep fresh and artificial Christmas trees away from wood stoves, space heaters, heat registers, and fire places
  • Use lights that are listed as UL or FM and follow a manufacturer’s instructions. Buy your lights from a reputable dealer
  • Do not overload circuit and avoid using extension cords
  • Turn off lights when you are away from home and before bed
  • Make sure artificial trees are fire-retardant.

For more information about tree safety, see the Washington State Patrol – Office of the State Fire Marshal website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another or due to dangerous and defective products. With our help, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Tabletops Unlimited has issued a voluntary recall of Castalon cast iron frying pans.

According to the media release, the enamel coating of the pans can break off after use which poses a burn hazard. There has been one report of a consumer suffering a burn injury.

The frying pans were sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Wegmans between May 2010 and September 2010.

Consumers should contact Tabletops Unlimited toll-free at (888) 239-2021 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.ttucorp.com to obtain information on how to obtain a refund.

Every year, dangerous or defective products injure thousands of consumers. Washington State has a Products Liability Act, RCW 7.71, which allows a consumer who is injured by a defective or dangerous product to obtain compensation for their damages.

This information is provided by the Seattle Product Liability Law Firm, The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured and the family of those killed due to dangerous or defective products.

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Char-Broil LLC, of Columbus, GA, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall of vertical gas smokers. In all, approximately 18,450 units in all are being recalled as they pose an injury hazard to consumers.

According to the recall notice, the smokers were designed with a hose/valve/regulator which does not allow sufficient gas to flow and if the flame is extinguished and reignited, an explosion can occur.

Char-Broil has received reports of doors bursting open and hitting consumers. Reported injuries include burn injuries to the face and head, head concussions and lacerations.

Baja Motorsports along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) commission has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 308,000 go-carts and mini bikes because they pose a burn and fire hazard.

According to the recall notice, there was one instance of a serious burn injury due to a leaking or detaching gas cap. The notice also said the throttle can stick and pose an acceleration hazard to users. There have been 25 reports of injuries due to the face or other body parts because of a sticking throttle.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by dangerous and defective products and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

Allen Ramirez, a tanker truck driver, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against AGE Refining for his disabling and disfiguring burn injuries he sustained when his tanker exploded at a refueling station on May 5.

The negligence lawsuit claims that AGE failed to take safety precautions which would have prevented the accident.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in industrial accidents and the family of those killed. We have more than 30 years experience represent burn victims and their families.

Two men were critically injured in an explosion at a Sedro-Wooley motor vehicle repair and service shop. The accident occurred late Sunday night. The source of the explosion is reported to be a bottle of methanol fuel. Methanol is commonly used in combination with gasoline or nitrous oxide to fuel cars

According to a report by KOMO News, the accident occurred at Funk Racing at 631 Sunset Park Drive. Funk Racing builds and services race cars.

The two men were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of burn injuries.