Most homeowners’ policies specifically exclude criminal acts and intentional acts. So, the insurance company would likely assert that it is not responsible. Whether the insurance company prevails in that situation would really depend on the facts of the case. For example, if the insurance company insures your Rottweiler and it… CONTINUE
Does California Penal Code 399 apply to people who are subject to those cases where you sue for punitive damages, such as people who have dogs that have bitten multiple times?
Yes. The words “dangerous animal” do have a legal connotation. “Dangerous animal” normally implies that the animal has a known dangerous propensity; either because it is wild in nature, or because it has a history of vicious behavior.
Homeowner’s Policy Exclusions and Animal Attacks
In San Francisco, it’s illegal to own livestock, but it was very popular at one point to have miniature pigs as house pets. Let’s say I’m attacked by livestock that isn’t owned legally? What does the case look like, how is it different, and what is the insurance company going… CONTINUE
Are Chemical Burns Unique from Other Burn Injuries?
Chemical burns typically result from exposure to a product. When this happens, our aim is to determine if the burn was caused by a defect in manufacturing or design of that product. In the event that errors in manufacturing or design are to blame, it is a strict liability case,… CONTINUE
Electrocution Burn Injury
Electrical burn injuries are relatively uncommon and usually happen in occupational settings. But, when they do occur, injuries caused by electrocutions can be lethal or extremely serious depending on the source of electricity and the amount of voltage that is generated within the current that causes the injury.
Permanent Scarring and the Value of a Case
We have a case involving a high school girl, whose face is severely permanently disfigured as a result of a restaurant spilling scalding liquid on her. I cannot think of a more sensitive age for a girl to receive an injury like this. I feel strongly that the value of… CONTINUE
Does Relationship Status of the Victim Have an Impact on the Value of My Case?
It is generally accepted that one’s physical appearance has social consequences. Not only does a disfiguring burn on one’s’ face make him or her less attractive to potential mates; it becomes the very first impression in a social or business setting. We all like to feel that we are not… CONTINUE
What kinds of burn injuries have you seen?
I have seen burn injuries associated with laser treatments that are consistent with the pattern of strokes that the doctor or nurse uses to remove the hair or the brown spots. There was a client who sustained what appeared to be zebra stripe scars from her shoulders to her elbows…. CONTINUE
What about the spouse? Is there ever any collateral damage for the family? Can a burn injury change the relationship dynamics in a family, and does that count towards damages?
Absolutely, it can. For example, an adult burn victim whose face is permanently disfigured may feel very self-conscious going out with the family. He or she may feel anxiety about frightening his children’s friends or others. What’s so damaging and unjust about being a burn injury victim is if you… CONTINUE
Burn Injury Cases: Determining the Amount of Damages
The value of a burn injury case depends on many factors: Severity of the burn – Is it a first, second, third or fourth degree burn? Size of the burn – How large is the affected area? Will there be permanent scarring? Location – Where is the burn located? Is… CONTINUE