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Recently, I had a client tell me that she felt there were too many “frivolous” lawsuits filed in the United States. When I asked her to back up her statement, she referred to the lady who sued McDonalds after suffering injuries from spilled coffee. When I asked for other examples, my client could not think of any, but still had this belief, from this McDonalds coffee case, that people can cause harm to themselves and receive millions of dollars. My client told me that she thinks that lawsuits such as these drive up the costs for everyone else.

Unfortunately, this is a commonly held belief of many Americans, who hear about a sensational case on the news, and think there is an epidemic. This is no different than people watching the news, hearing about one crime, and immediately concluding that there is too much crime and feeling unsafe, even if overall crime is going down.

The media does not report about how much safer our lives are due to the fact companies are held financially responsible for their unsafe behavior. Without this regulation, companies would act with impunity, neglecting the safety of consumers, as can be seen by the unsafe business practices in many other countries. Instead, sensational stories get the headlines and attention.

Susan Saladoff’s documentary film, “Hot Coffee,” attacks the brainwashing that corporate America, especially very large billion dollar insurance companies, has inflicted on the American public. This film gives us the facts that many people do not know about the McDonalds coffee case. For instance, many people forget that this one incident occurred in 1992, over 20 years ago, but they still think that it represents an epidemic of lawsuits. Further, prior to this incident, McDonalds received hundreds of complaints that they were serving their coffee too hot, but did nothing to rectify it.

[For all the facts of the McDonalds coffee case, including answers to frequently asked questions, click here.]

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A tragic Calabasas car accident on the 101 freeway, near the Las Virgenes exit, has left a 9 year old girl dead and her mother critically injured with burn injuries. Dramatic video from the scene of the Calabasas accident, wherein bystanders are trying to help the mother after rescuing her from the vehicle, can be seen here courtesy of CBS News.

The Calabasas freeway accident happened Saturday morning at about 8:30am on the southbound lanes of the 101 freeway. The car apparently lost control and hit the center divider and a tanker truck. As a result, the car rolled over and became engulfed in flames. While the mother was able to exit the car with severe burn injuries, she was not able to save her 9 year old daughter, who died in the accident in Calabasas.

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A bus fire accident on a bus traveling from Tijuana to Los Angeles fortunately did not result in any serious injuries to the occupants of the bus. The fire occurred on a tour bus while it was traveling through San Diego on the way to Los Angeles.

It is not exactly known what caused the San Diego bus fire, but it appears from the photo, from the Los Angeles Times, the rear of the bus caught fire first, spreading towards the center of the bus.

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An accident on the 134 freeway last night caused a man to suffer burn injuries. According to the Los Angeles Times, the man was in a small truck when the truck apparently caught fire on the 134 freeway, close to Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The L.A. Times reports that no other injuries were reported in the Ventura freeway burn injury accident and that there was nobody else inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

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An explosion in Sylmar today has caused serious injuries to four people inside the building. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Sylmar explosion occurred at 12349 Gladstone Avenue in Sylmar, California.

According to reports from Los Angeles firefighters, the Sylmar building explosion caused part of the building to collapse. The Los Angeles Fire Department has said that there may be additional people inside the building who may be trapped.

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Two people died early Monday morning in a Pomona car accident, when a 2008 Infiniti hit a Nissan Maxima, as the Nissan was turning left. The two people who died in the car accident in Pomona were passengers in the Nissan. According to the Pomona Police Department, Lorraine Martinez, who was driving the Nissan, did not have a license and was arrested for a possible auto theft.

Martinez, who is 26 years old, sustained only minor injuries according to the police. According to the Los Angeles Times, Police also said that after the Nissan was impacted by the Infiniti, it was ripped apart and hit a light pole, then became engulfed in fire. There were no immediate reports on the well being of the driver and any passengers in the Infiniti and it is unknown if the passengers died from the Pomona burn injuries or from the impact.

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A house fire in Pacoima, California, caused a man to suffer smoke inhalation injuries and lacerations and caused the death of a woman who was in the house. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire occurred at about 4:00 p.m. in Pacoima, and the woman was found dead in the home by firefighters.

The man who survived the Pacoima house fire suffered fire injuries, including smoke inhalation, lacerations and possibly burn injuries, from trying to put out the fire.

The cause of the house fire in Pacoima has not yet been revealed, but oftentimes these fires are caused by electrical systems, arson, candles, cooking equipment, or smoking.

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It has emerged that the truck driver who allegedly caused the Nevada Amtrak train crash has been cited multiple times in various states. These citations were for violations including a 2007 truck accident wherein he rear ended a Toyota on the freeway, causing injuries to a family, and tickets for speeding and driving with a cell phone in his hand.

There was also an Amtrak train crash lawsuit filed this week by an Amtrak train attendant, against Lawrence Valli, the truck driver, and John Davis Trucking, the presumed owner of the vehicle and the company that employed Valli.

The personal injury attorney for the train attendant claims that Valli was negligent and careless in failing to follow the road signs, causing this truck-train crash and the resultant injuries and damages to his client. The attorney also claims that after reviewing Valli’s record and the record of the trucking company, that Valli should not have been driving this truck at the time of the Amtrak train accident.

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According to the Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot, an apartment fire in Costa Mesa, California has killed a 17 year old boy, who apparently died at the hospital from his smoke inhalation and burn injuries. Two other people and a firefighter also sustained injuries from the fire, which may have included burn injuries and/or smoke inhalation, but they were able to be treated and released from the hospital.

The cause of the Costa Mesa apartment fire is unknown, and may have started in a garage that was converted into a living space. Investigators are also trying to determine the legality of the living space. Depending on what investigators find as to liability, the family of the deceased boy may be able to make a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.

We have previously commented on the many dangers of apartment fires in Los Angeles and throughout California, including the serious risks of burn injuries. Burn injury victims should obtain proper medical care right away as these injuries can be very serious and potentially life threatening. The proper medical care can make a huge difference in the recovery time and the extent of scarring. Depending on where the burn is, scar damage from burn injuries can be traumatizing and life altering.

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According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, five people were taken to the hospital with burn injuries after a Gardena apartment fire Wednesday morning. The fire occurred at about 1:00 a.m. near Wilkie Avenue and Redondo Beach Boulevard, in Gardena, California.

The most serious burn injury appears to be to a man in his 40s, who was listed in critical condition. The condition of the other Gardena fire injury victims is not currently known.

Apartment fires can be particularly dangerous for various reasons, including because they can spread from unit to unit very quickly, parking problems may block fire hydrants, lack of exits, burning stairwells blocking exits and inadequate alarms.

For these reasons, it is advised to prevent apartment fires by checking smoke alarms, knowing the locations of extinguishers and all exits, not overloading extension cords or sockets, and fully extinguishing cigarettes.

Unfortunately, many apartments, especially older buildings, are not fully updated with fire prevention safety in mind. For this reason, it is important, when seeking out an apartment, to make sure it is in a safe building.

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