Our Bay Area Burn Injury Success Stories
Below are examples of our successes and the ways in which we have helped victims.
Propane Explosion Kills One And Injures Three Others – $52,473,000 Verdict
The Walkup Melodia burn injury team represented a family devastated by the effects of an explosion that destroyed a motor home. A fire cause and origin investigation traced the source of the explosion to a liquid petroleum gas leak. The explosion happened when the father attempted to light a stove-top burner. The subsequent fireball completely destroyed the 8- by 26-foot travel trailer the family was using as a residence while they completed construction on a new home adjacent to the explosion site. The fire killed a young girl and severely burned her parents and brother. Through expert analysis, the attorneys of Walkup Melodia argued that the only explanation for this explosion was that the defendants had defectively installed the propane system on this trailer by failing to protect the venting system from the elements. For this reason, when the weather became too cold, the system could not vent, and the home filled with propane vapor. After three difficult years of litigation, the jury finally agreed with us and awarded the family more than $50 million.
Utility Worker Burned By High-Voltage Electrical Wires – $7 Million Settlement
Our San Francisco burn injury trial and settlement team represented a utility worker who sustained first-, second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body when he was nearly electrocuted at a job site. The client was performing routine telephone line replacement when a Pacific Gas & Electric pole fractured, causing 12,000 volts of electrical current to contact him. We proved that PG&E inspectors had recommended replacement of the pole many years before the injury, but had done nothing to remove it or make it safe in the interim. Our lawyers obtained compensation for our client's physical pain and suffering as well as reimbursement for his past medical expenses and lost wages and the future cost of scar revisions and plastic surgery to help remediate the scars.
Sisters Burned In Van Vs. Auto Collision – Multimillion-Dollar Settlement
The Walkup burn injury specialists represented sisters who suffered third-degree burns over 40 percent of their bodies when a church camp van in which they were riding collided with another vehicle and burst into flames. The accident happened in Butte County, and the case was litigated in Butte County Superior Court. Our clients sought recovery from the other driver, as well as the church camp operator, for general damages and future costs of medical care, reconstructive surgery and counseling.
Summer Home Fire — $3.3 Million Settlement
Walkup lawyers recovered this amount on behalf of a 19-year-old who sustained second- and third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and endured dozens of surgeries following a fire and explosion in a vacation home in the Sierra foothills. The property owners (who were also the sole shareholders of a contracting corporation that had built homes on properties purchased by them) had only $300,000 in liability coverage and had declared personal bankruptcy. We brought suit against the contracting corporation under the theory that the bankrupt shareholders and their closed corporation were a joint venture, which, if proved, would render the company vicariously liable for the acts of the individual defendants.
Propane Gas Explosion – Third-Degree Burns And Wrongful Death — $5 Million Settlement
Our San Francisco wrongful death team, working in association with our fire and burn injury lawyers, obtained a $5 million settlement arising from a propane gas explosion at a Lake Tahoe area ski condominium. The blast occurred as a family of five was enjoying a ski vacation. The explosion killed the husband and one of the children. The settlement included cash payments as well as annuities for the surviving children. Our burn injury attorneys alleged that there was negligence in the design and construction of the condominium and that the decision to route the propane gas supply in areas where large quantities of snow could be expected to slide off of the roof was below accepted construction practices.
High School Student Burned In Metal Shop – Cash And Annuity Settlement Achieved
Our California government liability team, working with our burn injury lawyers, represented a Napa Valley High School sophomore who sustained second- and third-degree burns over his arm, shoulder and torso when his clothing caught fire during welding shop. We were able to prove that there was inadequate supervision at the time of the injury and that the school district failed to provide adequate protective fireproof clothing. The school district argued that the child failed to follow directions, as specified by his teacher.
Mother Burned By Fuel-Fed Vehicle Fire – Confidential Seven-Figure Settlement
Our automobile fire injury lawyers represented a 41-year-old woman who experienced serious second- and third-degree burns over her feet, legs and torso attempting to extricate her daughter from a vehicle after it caught fire.
Fatal Hot Tub Burns – $2.5 Million Wrongful Death Settlement
Our San Francisco, California, product liability burn injury attorneys mediated resolution of a tragic wrongful death case on behalf of the surviving parents of a 4-year-old girl who was burned over 80 percent of her body when she jumped into the family hot tub. The parents had purchased the hot tub from a local retailer for use by the family. The child was scalded before her mother's eyes. She survived for 61 days following the incident. Our burn experts were able to prove that the thermostat failed to function properly and that the wiring for the automatic safety shutdown did not conform to manufacturing specifications.
Chemical Burns To Scalp – Multimillion-Dollar Settlement
The Walkup team negotiated a confidential settlement on behalf of a minor who suffered burn injuries to her scalp after undergoing bleach treatments at a neighborhood salon. The chemical burns produced by the treatment were full-thickness and the resulting scars will require future surgical revision. The defendant disputed liability, claiming the plaintiff had a rare and unpredictable allergic reaction for which it could not be held responsible. Deposition testimony established that the salon failed to follow industry practices in guarding the skin when applying caustic chemicals and failed to react promptly once the plaintiff complained of pain. The settlement was approved by the Superior Court with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to multiple single-premium deferred annuities. The structured settlement will provide a combination of lump-sum, annual and monthly payments in excess of $2 million over the course of the plaintiff's lifetime.
Rented Mobile Home Fire – Confidential Settlement
The Walkup Melodia fire injury team negotiated a mediated settlement on behalf of a 57-year-old woman who sustained second- and third-degree burns when the trailer home she was renting from the defendant caught fire from unknown sources. Conor alleged that the defendant failed to adequately maintain the electrical outlets in the rented trailer, resulting in uninhabitable living conditions. The defendant alleged that the fire resulted from the plaintiff's own negligence in installing and operating a cooking burner fueled by two small propane tanks inside the trailer.
Call Us For A Free Burn Injury Lawsuit Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, call us at 415-906-3764 or contact us online. The legal team at Walkup law firm handles burn injury cases throughout San Francisco, including South of Market, Pacific Heights, Union Park and the Mission District.