Killer Swamp Coolers – Maria Elania Flores’s Story

Swamp Coolers, swamp boxes, desert coolers and wet air coolers are devices that cool air through the evaporation of water. Evaporative cooling differs from typical air conditioning systems, which use vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycles.

Evaporative coolers are an economical way to beat the dry desert heat. But a box full of straw, electricity and water can be a rooftop fire hazard. Evaporative coolers, using wet pads and a fan to vent cool air into a home, have become nearly as popular as air conditioners.

On a hot July day in 2000, in the County of Kern, California, Guillermina Escobar was using an evaporative cooler. As a direct result of the carelessness and negligence of defendants, Tradewinds, Justin Industries and Justin Management Company,

the evaporative cooler caught on fire, subsequently catching the house on fire, in which the Escobar’s resided, causing substantial structural damage to the home.

Tragically, at the time the fire occurred, plaintiffs’ two-year-old daughter, Maria Elania Flores, was near the southwest rear bedroom where the window mounted evaporative cooler was located. The fire intensified with such speed that little Maria Elania Flores was unable to escape the blaze alive, sustaining fatal injuries.

The Escobars retained Ralph Wegis of the Law Firm of Ralph Wegis, , who proved that the defendants were aware of the highly flammable material from which the evaporative cooler was made, and that in combination with negligently designed manufactured component parts, including but not limited to the water pump, constituted a substantial fire hazard.

The defendants failed to either warn of said dangers or otherwise instruct in a safe manner of the utilization of said evaporative cooler, all of which amounted to a highly unsafe and ultra-hazardous condition. The case was settled successfully for a confidential amount.

Ralph Wegis has earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as one of the best Trial lawyers in Bakersfield, and in California. His firm’s goals are…… Not ONLY To get Justice for his clients…but to make sure that everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity as guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

Ralph has built a substantial reputation by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down. His amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide his clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.

You can get more information on Ralph Wegis at his law firm or call (661) 635-2100