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The burn injury lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION are experts in the handling of fire and burn injury cases and have obtained some of the largest settlements in California for catastrophic burn injury cases. Most recently, attorney David Shoop resolved a fire and casualty case in Merced County for $3.5 million dollars. 

Attorney David Shoop is an expert in the application of National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") 921 standards and he has prepared numerous lectures and presentations to attorneys on the subject. David Shoop is a member of the NFPA Research Committee and he has investigated countless fire scenes in California and has consulted nationally. A link to David Shoop's recent publication regarding fire scene processing can be found here:

At this time of year, certain types of fires and injuries involving holiday lighting and decor are, unfortunately, all too common. Statistically in the United States, fires involving Christmas trees from the time period 2007 through 2011, necessitated involvement from fire departments which responded to a staggering, average (annual) of 230 residential structure fires whose origin was traced to Christmas trees. During this time period, residential Christmas tree ignition was responsible for an average of six (6) deaths, another twenty-two (22) catastrophic burn injuries, and roughly $18 million in annual damage to property on a yearly basis.

Electrical malfunctions and/or electrical failures were responsible for approximately one-third (32%) of residential, Christmas tree structural ignitions - and roughly seventeen (17%) of which ignited due to some typicality of heat source which was in too close proximity to the Christmas tree. Moreover, festive Holiday lighting on line voltage were implicated in roughly twelve (12) percent of these fire incidents. Yet another seven (7) percent of residential Christmas tree ignitions were started by festive candles.

Twenty percent of home Christmas tree structure fires were intentionally set. Half of the intentional Christmas tree fires occurred in the 20 days after Christmas. The risk of fire is higher with natural trees than artificial ones. Researchers found that dry natural trees burned easily but trees that had been kept moist are unlikely to catch fire unintentionally.

The holidays should be a time for celebrating with family and loved ones - but care should be taken to ensure that your Christmas tree, candles and festive lights do not ruin your Holiday season and do not cause serious burn injuries.

The attorneys at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION have handled all manner of fire cases - from property damage claims to mass fatalities. There is no simply no substitute for experience. If you or your family have been injured in a residential fire, don't delay - contact the burn injury lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION as soon as possible for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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