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Citrus Heights Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire in Citrus Heights

An elderly gentleman, confined to a wheelchair, had to be rescued from a duplex full of smoke on March 4, 2016.

 Fair Oaks House Fire

Fair Oaks House Fire

I’m Ed Smith, a Fair Oaks Burn Injury Lawyer. Fires and the burns they cause can be severe and life-altering. On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 a fire broke out in an abandoned home along Wildbriar Lane in Fair Oaks, California.

Fire Ruled in Citrus Heights Ruled Arson

Sacramento Metro Fire crews had to work hard to put out a commercial fire on Monday, January 18, 2016. They later determined the cause of the fire to be arson.

Burn Trauma

Burn Injuries

Even though the number of burn injuries is going down in the US, about 1.25 million people get burned each year.  About 60,000-80,000 people require hospitalization for their burns and 5500 die from their injuries.   Most burns requiring hospitalization involve body areas greater than 10 percent or those that involve the face, hands, feet, or perineum.  Most burns are flame burns or scald burns.

Mortality Rate

The mortality rate at which 50 percent of the patients die is about 98 percent total burn surface area.  This has improved dramatically over the years.   This is true of people under the age of 14. The statistics are worse for elderly adults, where a 35 percent degree burn kills half of all patients.

Criteria for Burn Unit Admission

Not all people need to be admitted to a burn center.  Those that do meet these criteria:

  • Second and third-degree burns greater than 10 percent of body surface area.
  • Full-thickness burns
  • Any burn of the face, hands, feet, eyes, ears or perineum
  • Electrical injury
  • Inhalational injury
  • Chemical burns
  • Burns in patients with other significant health problems

Classifying Burns

Burns are classified into six different causes: flash burns, flame burns, liquid spill, liquid immersion, grease, or steam burns.  They are also classified according to burn depth.  There are superficial burns (first-degree burns), partial-thickness burns (second degree) full-thickness or deep partial-thickness burns (third degree), or burns involving deep tissues or organs (fourth-degree).

Skin Layers

The skin is the barrier to burns, and when it is breached, there is deeper involvement beneath the skin.  There is a deep layer, known as the “zone of stasis” involved in deeper wounds in which the blood flow is greatly diminished.  Giving medications that improve blood flow to the skin can decrease the depth of the burn. Continue reading ›

The Right Type of Fire Report Can Help Your Civil Lawsuit
The Right Type of Fire Report Helps Your Civil Lawsuit

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer. The right type of fire report can help your civil lawsuit. A residential or commercial fire can be devastating both physically and emotionally. Not only can a fire destroy a home or office building, consuming important documents or priceless mementos and artifacts, a fire can result in serious emotional and/or mental trauma as well. If your home or apartment building was destroyed in a fire, your ability to pursue compensation in a civil lawsuit depends on what evidence exists to suggest that another person’s carelessness or negligence contributed to the fire or to the severity of your injuries or losses. In order to discover this important information, your attorney will need to consult with one or more fire reports.

Staying Safe While Keeping Home Fires Burning
Staying Safe While Keeping Home Fires Burning

Staying safe while keeping home fires burning begins with a smoke detector. Having a properly installed and operating smoke detector saves lives. Whether we are asleep or awake we are pretty confident it is working to protect us.  So we continue to stoke our fireplaces and wood burning stoves. We continue to breathe in the fragrant aroma of our well-watered Christmas trees. We can even bake cookies galore and roast another holiday bird. Perhaps even burn that bird. Right?

Investigations of burn injuries in fires

In accidents where a client has suffered a severe burn injury, its critical for an investigator to get to the scene expeditiously before things have materially changed.

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