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 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.

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Stairway Injury Cases Require a Thorough Investigation and Detailed Analysis

A fall down a flight of stairs can result in a victim suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Stairway trips and falls are especially dangerous to individuals who are over the age of 60 or have certain preexisting conditions or injuries. When you fall down a stairway on property belonging to another (even if you are a tenant and the property is owned by a landlord), premises liability law may entitle you to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses you experience as a result of the accident.

Falling Tree Injuries
Timber! Falling Tree Injuries


There have been two stories reporting falling tree injuries in the past two days. In both of the cases below, what caused the tree to fall in the first place is under investigation.

Annual Deaths From Falling Down Stairs

Statistics on Stairway Falls

Stairways are one of the most frequent places for falls to occur, yet there is little literature available about stairway falls, or more importantly, how to prevent them. Over a million people are involved in falls every year, and over 12,000 die in stairway falls. In the last account I can find:

On Friday, July 3rd, 2015, the collapse of an external stairway at the The Legends at Willow Creek apartment complex in Folsom killed a 27-year-old man. The deadly Folsom Stairway collapse happened without warning between the second and third floor at around 2:40 pm  as two men were descending the stairs.

One man made it safely to the bottom, but the second man was not so lucky. The entire staircase collapsed and landed on top of him. The  man was severely injured and died at the scene. The complex was built in 1999 and acquired by its present owners in 2007. Sadly. this was not the first incident involving a defective  stairway at the complex. A previous collapse happened at a different building about a year ago. Fortunately, no one was injured in that  Folsom apartment staircase incident.

accidental drownings in swimming poolsA backyard swimming pool is a wonderful opportunity for family exercise and recreation, and a spa is a great way for adults and kids to unwind. Unfortunately, they are also sources of potential danger due to the frequency of accidental drownings in swimming pools and spas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1999 and 2013 nearly 10,000 people died in the United States due to accidental drownings in swimming pools. These deaths aren’t evenly spread over different age groups, however — nearly 40% of those fatalities were among children 1 to 4 years of age. Further, the statistics say that for each incident of accidental drownings in swimming pools that is fatal, another ten children end up in hospital emergency rooms with non-fatal problems that can be very serious, including brain injury from oxygen deprivation that can result in permanent brain injury and disability.

There are many good resources available for swimming pool safety such as those from the Centers for Disease Control. Simple and obvious tips such as keeping a close watch on young children in and around swimming pools and avoiding significant intoxication that can lead to drowning in adults who are swimming are included. Studies also show that taking swimming lessons can very significantly reduce young children’s risk of accidental drownings in swimming pools, perhaps by nearly 90%.

By J.smith (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sacramento is known to be a City of Trees.  In fact, Sacramento is a city with the most trees per capita in the world. Most Sacramento dwellers find our beautiful trees, fall foliage and spring blossoms to be aesthetically pleasing.  From time to time however, our beautiful trees can become ‘dangerous’ during times of adverse weather conditions. Trees can also become ‘dangerous’ as a result of neglect in the care of a tree or due to a tree being decayed, rotted or dead.   Death, injury or damage to person or property has occurred due to fallen trees or fallen tree limbs.

To determine who is at fault for the injury or damage due to the fallen tree or fallen tree limb, the location of the tree needs to be taken into consideration.

If you are struck and injured by a vehicle that jumped a curb while walking or standing on a sidewalk you certainly have an injury case against the driver and owner of the vehicle.

What if you are hit and hurt while using an ATM machine along a sidewalk, or standing at an outdoor takeout window, or in line waiting to enter a restaurant?