In less than a week, two fires broke out at local residences, claiming two lives.
Last week, I filed a lawsuit against Starbucks Corporation and one of its employees on behalf of Katherine Mize, who suffered extensive second degree burns when the Starbucks drive-through employee spilled hot coffee in her lap. This case has received some attention from local, national, and now even international media.
Two semi-trucks and one pickup truck crashed near Highway 97 and Highway 72 in La Salle County yesterday. The fatal truck crash killed one driver and left another suffering serious injuries. Surprisingly, the two people in the pickup were the ones who were able to walk away from the crash.
The town of West, Texas, about 80 miles south of Dallas, was rocked this week by a huge explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. At the moment, emergency responders and investigators know that people have died in the explosion, others are missing, and more hundreds were hurt - many with burns and other serious injuries - and sent to local hospitals.
A Texas man was injured when his Motorola Droid exploded as he talked on his cell phone. The man had just finished a call when he heard a loud "pop" and felt blood start trickling down his face. The screen had burst outward, causing lacerations by his ear. He was immediately taken to the emergency room where he received stitches to close the wound. Motorola is currently investigating the incident. This is not the first time an exploding phone has caused injuries. A 23-year-old man was killed in August when his phone exploded, and a similar incident took the life of a 27-year-old woman in January. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued warnings for cell phone users, advising users to keep their phones away from metal objects and liquids. These warnings were issued in response to a 19-year-old Wyoming woman who suffered third-degree burns while she slept because her phone caught fire as it was charging.
Two workers were burned by steam while working at BP's Texas City refinery on September 21. One worker suffered burns over 30 percent of his body, including injuries to his torso, left arm, and left leg and was taken by LifeFlight to UTMB Hospital's Burn Unit. The other worker was transported by ambulance to Mainland Medical Center. BP's Texas City refinery, the nation's third largest refinery, is the site of the worst U.S. refinery accident in the past five years when 15 workers were killed and 180 injured in an explosion on March 23, 2005. BP has paid over $1.6 billion to compensate victims of this tragedy. It is also the site where benzene was released for 40-days due to a unit malfunction earlier this year, which currently is the focus of a class-action lawsuit.