Category Archives: Burn Injury

One Dead, One Injured in NE Portland House Fire

Date: October 29, 2051

Location: 837 NE 69th Avenue

Names: Unavailable

One Dead, One Injured in NE Portland House Fire

Early Thursday morning a man died in a house fire in Northeast Portland and another man was sent to the hospital.

Fire crews responded to the house at 837 NE 69th Ave at around 1am.

The fire started in the downstairs bedroom where a man and his 86-year-old father were sleeping. The son tried to rescue his father but was unable to and he died at the scene.

Another family member was taken to the hospital.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the father and wish the family a full and speedy recovery.

In cases involving burn injuries, the medical bills can pile up quickly. In addition to healing, you may have to deal with insurance companies, which can be stressful, confusing, and time-consuming.

What to do if you have been burned in an accident:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Take pictures of the injuries, at all stages.
  3. Determine if there will be permanent scarring.
  4. Talk to fire/police/medical officials to determine the cause of the accident.
  5. If the accident could have been prevented, try to determine who was negligent.

If you think your burn injury accident was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you should speak to a Portland burn injury lawyer to understand if there may be compensation available. In many cases, burn injuries can be covered by insurance, and if you have long-term affects like hearing loss, vision loss, or visible scars, you should consult a burn injury attorney to evaluate your case.

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Fiery Crash on NE Columbia Boulevard

Date: May 20, 2015

Location: Northeast Columbia Boulevard and 17th Avenue

Names: Unavailable

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Fiery Crash on NE Columbia Boulevard

Wednesday evening a speeding van heading west on Northeast Columbia Boulevard near 17th Avenue crashed into a U.S. Postal Service tractor trailer. Both of the vehicle burst into flames.

The driver of the van died at the scene. The truck driver survived with the help from two good samaritans who pulled him out through the windshield. The driver was taken to Legacy Emanuel’s burn center.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the van driver and wish the truck driver a full and speedy recovery.

In cases involving burn injuries, the medical bills can pile up quickly. In addition to healing, you may have to deal with insurance companies, which can be stressful, confusing, and time-consuming.

What to do if you have been burned in an accident:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Take pictures of the injuries, at all stages.
  3. Determine if there will be permanent scarring.
  4. Talk to fire/police/medical officials to determine the cause of the accident.
  5. If the accident could have been prevented, try to determine who was negligent.

If you think your burn injury accident was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you should speak to a Portland burn injury lawyer to understand if there may be compensation available. In many cases, burn injuries can be covered by insurance, and if you have long-term affects like hearing loss, vision loss, or visible scars, you should consult a burn injury attorney to evaluate your case.

Taco Bell Employee Burned When Drunk Driver Crashed

Date: October 20, 2013
Location: Southeast 126th and Division, Portland
Names: Cynthia Smith, Samantha Jane Riley

A Taco Bell employee was seriously injured when a drunk driver drove into the Taco Bell she was working at, causing her to suffer severe grease burns.

Cynthia Smith was working the late shift at her job when the accident occurred. She was standing in front of the fryer when a vehicle collided with the building. The collision caused the oil to fly out of the fryer and land on just about every single part of Smith’s body. Smith stated the burns were so severe, she saw the skin start to come off almost instantly.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the building, 23-year-old Samantha Jane Riley, reportedly abandoned her vehicle and left the scene of the accident. She was later located and charged with several crimes including DUII, felony hit and run and reckless driving.

Smith was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for serious burns to her face, both arms and both legs. It was reported that she may need possible skin grafts as well. She’s also suffering severe flashbacks due to the accident, stating “I don’t sleep a whole lot, maybe an hour or two at a time before I wake up. I keep having flashbacks.” Smith was planning on leaving the hospital on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Deputies Looking for Driver and Passenger of Van That Injured Three

Date:  August 6, 2012
Location:  Howell Prairie Rd. and Mount Angel-Gervais Rd. NE, near Gervais
Names:  Guadalupe Santos-Montes, Iris Hernandez, Florencia Hernandez-Bautista, Eleazar Martinez-Ortiz

Marion County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two occupants of a van who ran away after the van crashed into two cars Monday night. The accident, which happened just outside Gervais, injured three people, two of them seriously.

Guadalupe Santos-Montes, 25, told KATU News he had gone out to Howell Prairie Road and Mount Angel-Gervais Road NE in a 1993 Honda Civic to help his sister-in-law jump start her car, a 1989 Toyota Corolla, which was parked on the side of the road. While he was standing at the front of the broken down vehicle, a Dodge Caravan slammed into both the sister-in-law’s and Santos-Montes’ cars.

Santos-Montes ended up underneath his own car and said his arm was being burned by the exhaust pipe,when he saw a man’s leg exit the Dodge Caravan. Santos-Montes began screaming for help, but said the two people who had gotten out of the van simply ran off.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a number of open alcoholic containers in the Dodge, as well as evidence that both occupants of the van may have received head injuries.

Santos-Montes was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, including a badly burned arm. His wife, Iris Hernandez, 21, was also badly hurt in the crash. She was taken to OHSU Hospital for treatment.

Santos-Montes sister-in-law, Florencia Hernandez-Bautista, 26, also received injuries in the crash. She was transported to the hospital for treatment and later released.

Deputies said the Dodge was registered to a Gervais resident. They found paperwork inside the van that quickly led them to Eleazar Martinez-Ortiz, 20, a migrant worker employed at a berry farm in Molalla.

Martinez-Ortiz admitted being the driver but denied there was anyone else in the van. Police are still of the opinion that a second person may have been involved. In the meantime, they have charged Martinez-Ortiz with two counts of assault in the second degree, tampering with evidence, identity theft (the ID in the van was not authentic), and three counts of felony hit and run.

We hope Santos-Montes, his wife and sister-in-law are all able to recover from this accident, and that Martinez-Ortiz is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims, we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

1)   They did not have insurance.

2)   They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

 

 

Man Injured When Firework Exploded in His Hand, Almost Severing Thumb

Date:  July 1, 2012
Location:  NW Mahama Place, near Rock Creek Golf Course, Washington County
Name:  Curtis Januik

A Washington County man says he has learned his lesson after a firework he was holding blew up, almost severing his thumb from his hand. And the Washington County Sheriff’s Office appear to have taken his word for it, as they have not issued what could have been a $1,000 fine to the man. They did, however, confiscate the remainder of his illegal fireworks and destroy them.

Curtis Januik, 27, was lighting fireworks Sunday night near Rock Creek Golf Course, just off NW Mahama Place. He was holding an airborne mortar firework and a launching tube in his right hand, when the mortar unexpectedly exploded.

The injury caused by the explosion was so severe, Januik had to undergo emergency surgery to have the right thumb reattached to his hand. Doctors say they are hopeful he will regain the use of his thumb and hand in time.

Januik told police he purchased the illegal fireworks in Vancouver, but says he’ll never do it again. “I learned my lesson,” he told sheriff’s deputies. Firefighters destroyed the remaining fireworks.

We would like to wish Curtis Januik a full and speedy recovery from what must be very painful injuries.

If you’ve been injured by a product, like the fireworks in this accident, there are laws in place to protect your rights. Under product liability law, manufacturers are held accountable for ensuring that the products we buy are safe. There are three types of product liability claims:

1. Design defect – there was a problem with the product introduced during the design process, which means ALL of the same product may be defective and there may be other injuries. Consider filing a class action suit if there are many injuries.

2. Manufacturing defect – there was a problem with the product introduced during the manufacturing process. In cases like this, your product may be the only defective one, or there may only be a few.

3. Marketing defect – this one has less to do with the product itself and more to do with the instructions or warnings. If the manufacturer has failed to provide appropriate safe-handling instructions or proper warnings on the product, they can be held liable for injuries as well.

If you believe you’ve been injured due to any of these types of negligence, contact a Portland product liability attorney as soon as possible.

 

Worker Injured in Flash Fire in Gresham Accident

Date:  May 7, 2012
Location:  Dea’s In & Out Restaurant, 755 NE Burnside St., Gresham
Name:  Not yet released

A construction worker received serious burns in a flash fire at a Gresham restaurant Monday afternoon, and fire department officials are still trying to determine what caused the lacquer thinner the man was working with to suddenly ignite.

Gresham Fire Department Chief Jason McGowan said his crew received an emergency call just after 3 p.m. Monday, relating to a flash fire at Dea’s In & Out on NE Burnside Road. When they arrived, they discovered that a construction worker, believed to be in his late-30s, had been working with lacquer thinner in the bathroom of the restaurant as part of a remodeling project.

For reasons that have not yet been determined, the thinners ignited, and the man suffered significant burns in the flash fire. He was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the report on KATU.com.

We would like to send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the man who was injured in this accident and hope that he is out of the hospital soon.

Oregon construction sites can be full of hazards to workers, and a construction worker’s job can be extremely dangerous.

Common examples of construction accidents include:

  • Loss of limb (hand, finger, foot, leg)
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries, including chemical burns
  • Electric shock or electrocution
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis.

It is important that construction companies are held accountable for unsafe workplace conditions, and that they pay for any negligence. Oregon construction workers who are injured on the job may be compensated for medical bills, physical therapy, time spent out of work, etc., and an Oregon construction accident attorney can help injured parties through the legal process.

 

 

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