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SAFD warns of space heater safety to prevent house fires

The personal injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm became aware that within the past week, San Antonio Fire Department responded to numerous calls for house fires which causes were directly related to space heaters. Starting on January 20, 2019, a woman and her two pets were evacuated from a house fire when witnesses called firefighters due to seeing heavy smoke engulfing the living room of the home. Firefighters later discovered that a space heater was the cause of the fire. Another major fire occurred on January 23, 2019, where a space heater place inside an outdoor shed caught fire, killed a dog, and melted off the siding of the flame-engulfed shed. The space heater that was most likely priced at under $100 caused a steep $25,000 worth of damage. Finally, the third of many other space heater fires that have plagued the area ignited just before 6 a.m. on January 28, 2019. A 67-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Southwest Bexar County. Authorities discovered that the fire was likely caused by a space heater. The elderly man died from smoke inhalation, and two other family members who resided in the home suffered from severe burns.

Report finds contract construction workers among most commonly electrocuted

A recent report published by the National Fire Protection Association found that construction workers under contract are those most commonly affected by accidental death by electrocution. The report uses data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to analyze the frequency of fatal electrical injuries of contract workers.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from a Remote Starter

As winter is off to a not-so-cold start in South Texas, there is still time for the winter weather to sneak upon us. A winter-wonderland sounds great; however, there are many risks associated with such weather conditions. One of those dangerous risks is carbon monoxide poisoning. No one likes to get inside a brutally cold vehicle, especially those who have the ability to start their vehicles by using a remote control or an app like OnStar. With this ability comes great danger, especially to those who live in homes as they might forget to open their garages before starting their vehicle. When a car is started in a closed garage, the "silent killer" known as carbon monoxide will infiltrate the garage, leading to accidental poisoning when the driver or passenger enters a garage to get into a vehicle.

What Types Of Compensation Are Possible In A Personal Injury Case?

When someone is injured due to negligence or an intentional act, the injured person may be able to claim compensation from the party or parties who are responsible for the injury. For hundreds of years, this has been one of the bedrock principles of our civil justice system.

Corpus Christi Water Warning Lifted, But Questions Remain

Following the discovery of the presence of an asphalt emulsifying agent in the municipal water supply on December 14, 2016, Corpus Christi officials issued a warning to residents about drinking municipal tap water. That warning was lifted on Sunday, December 15, but the event has raised serious issues concerning the safety of the water supply, who should be held responsible, and how to prevent future problems.

5 Tips for coping with a traumatic brain injury of a loved one

If a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is affecting someone you love, handling what comes next can be very difficult. No one can prepare you for the hardship that pairs with seeing someone you love suffering from such an injury. It is important to gain an understanding of what they are going through in order for you to both to begin healing. We offer the following five tips to begin coping with your loved one's injury:

Major Stryker hip replacement recall has begun - quietly

Stryker hip replacement failures have been so common that the company has announced a "quiet recall" of these defective products - meaning the devices must be removed, requiring a second painful, costly and debilitating surgery.

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