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All Posts in Category: burn injury


Four Killed in House Fire

Posted by Mary Lightman on 06 Jul, 2014

Often times tragedy strikes without warning and already stressful situations become horrific on the turn of a dime. The loss of a child can be one of the most tragic and devastating situations that a parent has to live through.  And on Saturday morning, July 3rd, those horrors were realized by several families in the Philadelphia area after a fire that swept through a series of rowhouses injured an unknown number of people – and killed four children.  The flames destroyed several homes, leaving an unknown number of families out on the street just prior to the holiday.

The fire, which is still… Read More


Fizz, Crackle, Pop – What Fireworks Are Safe?

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 30 Jun, 2014

fireworks child and sparklerWondering whether to go watch the community display or put on your own show this holiday? We asked Fire and Life Safety Educator for the North Charleston Fire Department, Bianca Bourbeau, what she sees most in fireworks issues, and she shared these insights with us.

What’s the most dangerous consumer firework?

Bianca Bourbeau: I would say each one of them has their own risks. For example, a sparkler, which we think of as fairly innocuous, reaches 1200 degrees at the tip, so you’re handing your three-year-old an object that can leave a third-degree burn.

Every single one of your fireworks is… Read More


23 Firefighters and 11 Civilians Injured in Massive Blaze on Staten Island

Posted by Mary Lightman on 12 Jun, 2014

U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsA scary scene on Staten Island injured 23 firefighters and 11 civilians recently.  It was a massive fire that required approximately 200 firefighters to contain the blaze.

The blaze overtook three two-story townhouses and the scene became intense when a man, screaming from the second floor, tossed two young children to a couple below the window.

By around 6 a.m., the blaze was contained.

Injuries sustained by the fire ranged from minor to serious.  Almost all of the injured were transported to a local hospital, but luckily no injuries were life-threatening.

There is no information as to how… Read More


Explosion at Popular Diner Injures Granddaughter of Owner

Posted by Mary Lightman on 05 May, 2014

Kenneth Zirkel via Wikimedia CommonsAn explosion at the Bootland Diner on Interstate 85 injured the granddaughter of the restaurant’s owner.

The accident was caused by the restaurant owner’s 21-year-old granddaughter, Brittany Alewine. Alewine was walking through the kitchen when she tripped and hit the stove cracking the gas line which later caused the explosion.  Alewine was airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment.  The explosion is still under investigation.

A place of business has a duty to keep its patrons safe.  If you see hazards in a place of business bring them to the owner’s or tenant’s attention. … Read More


Severe Burn Injuries from Firepots and Bug Repellent Fuelgels on the Rise

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 14 Jun, 2011

HospitalYour Charleston burn injury lawyers recently learned of a terrifying number of incidents involving ceramic pots filled with flammable gel that have exploded onto consumers and caused serious burns. In some cases these injuries have been life threatening. Since April of 2010 there have been eight instances where consumers have been caught off guard when, either refilling or lighting, their ceramic pots, containing citronella gel to keep the summer time bugs away, have exploded and sent the highly flammable gel onto their bodies.

On May 21, 2011 one of these accidents happened in the Charleston… Read More


Massey Energy Hasn’t Learned Lesson A Year After Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 05 May, 2011

Injured Being Treated in Mine HospitalPreceding the internationally covered Chilean mine collapse and rescue, there was mine explosion here in the United States known as the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. Charleston workers’ compensation attorneys remember that in April of 2010, an explosion killed 29 of the 31 miners at the Upper Big Branch site near the community of Montcoal, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. While investigation into the incident is ongoing, officials have speculated that the explosion may have been initiated by a spark from a mantrip, a shuttle that transports miners into and out of the mine,… Read More


Severe Burn Injuries And The Truth About the “McDonald’s Coffee” Case.

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 02 Jul, 2009

Injury lawyers in Charleston and the world at large have all heard about the woman who spilled McDonald’s coffee, sued and received $3 million in damages. Despite her severe third degree burn injuries in her groin and private areas of her body and her willingness to settle out of court on numerous occasions prior to the jury’s verdict, the truth is that the woman actually received much much less. Here are the facts of this widely misreported and misunderstood case.

A 79 year old woman by the name of Stella Liebeck was sitting in the passenger seat of her grandson’s car after purchasing… Read More