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This may be one of the most well known and most talked about personal injury cases of the last few decades.

 

Everyone knows the story about the woman who burned her legs due to hot coffee from one of the biggest fast food chains in the world. Let’s just say that the caution warnings on coffee cups are not simply a preventative measure that was taken before an incident ever occurred.

In this particular case, the victim spilled coffee on her leg and groin area after placing an order in a drive-through. The burns were severe and required skin grafting.

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According to the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the fast-food chain acknowledged that it had known about the potential hazard of serious burns from its scalding hot coffee for more than a decade . The risk was brought to the chains attention through numerous other claims and suits.”

Once the lawsuit was underway, it was discovered that the temperature of the cup of coffee was, in fact, burning hot and unsafe to serve to customers. The victim, whose physician ended up testifying that her burns were some of the worst scald burns he had ever seen, originally sought damages for $20,000, the cost of her treatment, and was only offered a skimpy $800.00 by the fast-food behemoth.

This was unacceptable to the burn victim and her attorney. The victim ended up taking the entire chain to court and was awarded $2.7 million in punitive damages.

Personal Injury cases are widespread and help people who have been in various situations where harm has been inflicted and injuries affect one’s quality of life. Here at Injury HelpLine, our team has been helping victims connect with attorneys since 1984. We’ve seen a lot, to say the least.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in your car, at work, or in a public space contact The InjuryHelpLine today. Injuries take time to heal and you need to take care of your finances and keep your life on track while you recover. We’ll help set you up with a personal injury attorney that can help you navigate your way to a settlement.

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Scary Statistics

Halloween is scary, but not for the reasons that you might think. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Halloween night 2016: 

  • 47 people died and nearly a third were due to drunk drivers – three times the fatalities of an average day.
  • Thirty percent of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to only 16 percent on an average day.
  • Over the last four years, from 2012-2016, 22 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Halloween PumpkinsSafety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt warn that “twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year”. According to research conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces, over 60% of these accidents occur in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Aside from motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents, typical Halloween injuries include slip and falls, costume-related accidents and injuries and burns from candles and candlelit pumpkins.

Safety Tips for you and your family

Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe as you prepare for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating:

MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE

  • Make sure motorist can see you, especially at night and in low light.
  • Carry a flashlight or wear a small flashing strobe light.
  • Choose brightly colored and reflective clothing. Reflective materials on the parts of your body that move (feet, legs, and arms) are particularly effective.

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Common Types of Burn Injuries

Everyone suffers minor scrapes, bruises, and even the occasional burn every now and again. But when someone suffers a significant burn injury, the pain, suffering, and damages caused can be serious, and even life-threatening. Learning the difference between minor burns and more serious burns is important, especially if you’ve recently suffered an accident and have been burned as a result.

Types of Burns

Medical professionals categorize burns based on both their cause and their severity. Here are the four main sources of burn injuries:

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