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FIRE AND EXPLOSION ACCIDENTS
Unlike depictions in Hollywood movies, there is nothing glamorous about fires and explosions. In real life, those involved in fires and/or explosions are not quickly whisked away before they are injured or have the ability to skillfully lunge out of the way. According to FEMA, more than 1.3 million fires happen in the U.S. every year. Those fires result in well over 3,000 deaths and nearly 15,000 injuries. Many are due to the negligence of one or more parties. Residents of New York City must be more vigilant than those that live other places due to the city having the most antiquated gas distribution system of all major cities in the U.S. This in addition to the many other hazardous conditions that can lead to fires and explosions puts every employee, customer, and visitor at risk. Injuries that are caused as a result of fire accidents, as well as explosion accidents, are often devastating and have a permanent impact on victims. In the event that you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured, do to the negligence of a building owner, construction company, contractor, etc. do not wait until the statute of limitations expires to pursue a personal injury claim. Give the knowledgeable attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff a call to discuss the details of your case today.
Causes of Fire Accidents and Explosion Accidents
Fire and explosion accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. In many cases, these accidents are caused by the negligence of building managers, owners, contractors, etc. Listed below are some of the more common causes of fire accidents and explosion accidents.
- Gas leaks
- Electrical malfunction
- Faulty wiring
- Chemical leaks
- Improper installation and/or design of gasoline tanks
- Lack of appropriate labels or warning signs
Fire and explosion accidents can happen at home just as easy as they can occur in public. No matter where they occur, many parties may be liable for the explosion/fire. It is in your best interest to connect with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that an appropriate investigation of liability takes place.
Common Injuries Resulting from Fire and Explosion Accidents
It’s a rare day for a fire or explosion to occur in the midst of a group of people and no injuries are sustained. These types of accidents are violent and prone to cause injury. Learn more about the most common types of injuries sustained as a result of fire and explosion accidents below.
- Burns: Victims can often suffer chemical and/or fire-related burns. They can range from first degree to fourth degree. Depending on the severity of the burn, surgery and long periods of rehabilitation may be required.
- Cuts and Bruises: Explosions can often send debris flying through the air which can cause cuts and bruises.
- Broken Bones: The power of an explosion can easily send victims violently towards the walls or floor causing broken bones.
- Disfigurement: Many victims of fire and explosion accidents suffer burns that permanently disfigure all or parts of their bodies.
- Loss of Limbs: An explosion can easily take limbs off of victims. Furthermore, fire damage can cause damage that is so severe that physicians are forced to amputate.
What to do if You Have Been Injured
If you have suffered a serious injury due to an accident involving fire and/or an explosion, it is imperative that you immediately seek medical attention. This is true even if you are not sure if you are injured. If you have sustained injuries, ensure that you follow your doctor’s orders and keep all of your medical records. Furthermore, collect evidence of the accident scene (if possible) such as pictures, videos, and eyewitnesses. Contact an experienced fire and explosion accident attorney in New York City as soon as you can.
Working With Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff
Due to the nature of fires and explosions, it can be difficult to pinpoint who is at fault. Understanding where liability lies will require experts and extensive investigations. Many factors may be involved and the fault may lie with more than one party. At Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff we retain industry-leading experts and work with them to figure out the reason for the explosion or fire accident. If you have been injured as a result of a fire or explosion, it is in your best interest to work with an attorney that has a clear understanding of property owner negligence law in New York. 95 percent of our clients are compensated for their injuries because we know what we are doing and we fight for every client’s right to maximum compensation. Give us a call to schedule your free initial consultation today.