Burn Injury Lawsuits
Our legacy is the help we provide for burn victims
RPWB attorneys have a long track-record of successfully representing plaintiffs suffering from burn injuries and those who have lost their homes to fire.
We are currently litigating cases involving a number of dangerous products including gas cans and devices powered by lithium-ion batteries, including e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers and remote controlled vehicles.
Our firm has represented many people who were burned by defective products, including gas cans, deep fryers and gas grills. This included more than 50 people who were hurt or killed by exploding gas cans. One group of clients received more than $60 million from Blitz U.S.A, Inc., and Walmart as a part of a settlement in the Blitz U.S.A., Inc. bankruptcy.
RPWB was named a 2018 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report in the areas of products liability and personal injury litigation. Our firm is a top-listed plaintiff product liability firm as rated by Best Lawyers in America.
As more Americans turn to e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers, we wanted to alert you to a lesser-known danger of these products.
E-cigarettes typically run on high-power, lithium-ion batteries that are highly combustible. Most e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers utilize a cylindrical housing area for the battery. When one of these batteries fails, the e-cigarette or personal vaporizer can either explode or rupture at one of its ends, causing the device to be propelled like a rocket. Serious injury to users’ hands and faces have been associated with the use of e-cigarettes or personal vaporizing hardware. In some cases, the explosions have also caused house and car fires.
RPWB attorneys are currently involved in litigation stemming from injuries caused by the explosion of electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about injuries resulting from the use of these types of devices, please contact Terry Richardson or Chris Moore.
RPWB is a leader in the fight against defective lithium-ion batteries that are often produced in unregulated factories in Asia. We represent people who have been injured or suffered extensive damage to their homes when a device exploded or caught fire.
Manufacturers are pushing the limits of batteries in order to maximize the amount of stored energy while minimizing charging time and cost. If you think about it, nearly every new device we use is more powerful than what it replaced, placing more and more demand on a style of battery that many experts believe has been maxed out in terms of the amount of energy it can store.
There are a variety of ways in which lithium-ion batteries can explode, including leaking chemicals, incompatible chargers and improperly separated electrodes as appears to be the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. For more information about the science behind battery explosions, we recommend this article..
A five cent piece of metal could have saved lives.
RPWB has represented many people who were burned by defective products, including gas cans, deep fryers and gas grills. This includes more than 50 people who were hurt or killed by exploding gas cans. One group of clients received more than $60 million from Blitz U.S.A, Inc., and Walmart as a part of a settlement in the Blitz U.S.A., Inc. bankruptcy. The company designed gas cans that did not include flame arrestors, a component that would have added about $0.05 to the cost and would have saved people from dying and being seriously injured.
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Sep 18, 2018
Families of two smokers hooked by free samples awarded $113 million
The families of a pair of deceased smokers from the United States Virgin Islands were awarded $113 million by two juries last month. In a consolidated trial, the juries found that the maker of Newport cigarettes (previously Lorillard, now R.J. Reynolds) engaged in a program to hook young people, including children, on cigarettes. The program […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
16 RPWB attorneys named to Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was again recognized as South Carolina’s top-listed plaintiff law firm for product liability cases and mass tort/class actions by The Best Lawyers in America® in their 2019 edition released in August 2018. In all, 16 RPWB attorneys were named 2019 Best Lawyers, including four new additions to the […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
RPWB accepting DePuy Elbow Implant cases
RPWB attorneys are representing patients who had to replace their faulty DePuy Synthes elbow implant, a defective medical device that was pulled from the market years ago yet it still causing problems. In late 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was recalled after people who received the devices reported problems with radial stem loosening at […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
First three Abilify gambling cases settle
In April, the makers of Abilify settled the first three bellwether cases that were scheduled to go to trial this past June. Judge M. Casey Rodgers also ordered both sides to begin work on the framework for a global settlement for the nearly 2,000 other Abilify cases pending in the Northern District of Florida. The […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Wells Fargo Under Fire For 401(k) Rollover Practices
RPWB attorneys are investigating claims that Wells Fargo may have advised people rolling over their 401(k) retirement plans to invest in alternative investments in order to earn higher fees and commissions. These 401(k) rollovers have caught the attention of federal regulators with the Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Securities Exchange Commission, who […]READ MORE
Apr 29, 2015
Richardson again named ‘Top 10 lawyer’ in SC
BARNWELL, SC – Founding RPWB member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers for the second year in a row. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer […]READ MORE
Aug 16, 2016
Nine RPWB attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Nine RPWB attorneys were named 2017 Best Lawyers in America® for their respective practice areas, including two new additions in the past year. Based on the number of attorneys honored, RPWB was named the top-listed plaintiff product liability litigation firm in South Carolina. The two lawyers recognized for the first time […]READ MORE
Aug 11, 2016
Berkeley County, SC property owners to receive fee refund
CHARLESTON, SC – Thousands of Berkeley County property owners will receive refunds of transportation impact fees that were paid to the county, but not spent on infrastructure improvements. Ninth Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis, Jr. finalized the class action settlement agreement on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It applies to approximately 4,000 Berkeley County property owners […]READ MORE
Apr 22, 2016
Beth Burke wins USC law school alumni award
Elizabeth Middleton Burke was awarded the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council on April 21, 2016. The award is the most prestigious given by the law school. It recognizes alumni for their outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Burke, a 1997 graduate of the law school, is an […]READ MORE
May 08, 2015
Charles Patrick voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’
CHARLESTON, SC – RPWB attorney Charles W. Patrick, Jr. has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” for the Charleston market in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers of America©. The designation, this time for plaintiff product liability litigation, marks the fourth time Patrick has been named as lawyer of the year. He was selected for […]READ MORE
Jan 06, 2015
Graniteville train derailment: 10 years later
In the early morning hours of January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that would lead to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. A tanker car ruptured, spewing about 60 tons of chlorine gas into the air. Approximately […]READ MORE
May 31, 2018
Richardson named a ‘top 10’ S.C. attorney
BARNWELL, SC – Founding member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. […]READ MORE
Nov 01, 2017
RPWB is a 2017 US News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2017 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on product liability, securities and personal injury lawsuits. RPWB was selected as a top-tier firm in two metropolitan areas, including product liability and securities litigation in the […]READ MORE
Sep 05, 2017
Attorney Fights for Cleanup of SC’s Largest Gasoline Spill
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – RPWB attorney Katie McElveen recently helped a national pipeline safety group prepare an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit to clean up one of the largest gasoline pipeline spills in South Carolina history. In late 2014, residents of Belton followed the strong smell of gasoline to discover that a pipeline spanning from […]READ MORE