Fire and Explosion

Fire and Explosion Law: An Overview

Attorneys who specialize in personal injury cases are plentiful. There is, however, a subset of personal injury law that is unfamiliar to most people: fire and explosion law.

Fire and explosion law is concerned with the types of catastrophic injuries suffered at home or on the job in a fire or explosion that was the result of negligence. Those injuries include:

  • Burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Eye injuries and ruptured eardrums
  • Brain injuries (concussions are common in explosion cases)
  • Organ injuries (the lungs, liver and heart all can be damaged in an explosion or fire)
  • Injuries suffered from being crushed (usually the result of structural collapses)
  • Death

Siegel Brill’s team of experienced attorneys have represented people harmed by fires and gas explosions across the United States, and they have recovered millions for their clients.

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How to file a lawsuit in a fire and explosion case

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a fire or explosion, you undoubtedly have many questions. Siegel Brill’s team of experienced attorneys can help answer those questions, and help you and your family start the healing process.

How can an attorney help?

Siegel Brill’s attorneys can help identify if negligence caused the accident, and who is responsible. A process is followed to ensure that the proper parties are held accountable and adequate compensation is sought.

What kinds of cases are there?

Siegel Brill’s attorneys can help identify what parties are at fault and hold those parties accountable in cases such as:

  • Unsafe work environments
  • Carelessness and recklessness
  • Defective products
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Unsafe use of gas or other flammable liquids

What will an attorney do?

Siegel Brill’s attorneys will begin by independently investigating the incident to determine several things:

  • Gather and preserve evidence: This process needs to be done as soon as possible to prevent contamination of evidence by outside factors. This is very important in being able to properly identify liability.
  • Determine the type of negligence: Siegel Brill’s attorneys will help ascertain if the responsible party was aware of the risk of an explosion or fire; what was done to prevent it; whether any defects in a product or process were involved; and if maintenance was done carelessly or incorrectly and, if so, if it was caused by inadequate training.
  • Identify and question witnesses: Talking to other people who witnessed the incident is important. A witness can provide details that may be overlooked or forgotten by those injured in the incident.
  • Identify experts to provide testimony: Siegel Brill’s attorneys will identify the proper experts or specialists to help with several areas in the process. First, a specialist can be brought in to identify what caused the explosion or fire. Specialists examine burn and char patterns to determine the incident’s origin and what may have contributed to it. Second, specialists can be brought in to help determine amounts of compensation to which someone may be entitled. Medical experts can be helpful in giving professional feedback on medical expenses, severity of pain and suffering, and if future costs may be endured.

What kind of compensation can be recovered?

You may be eligible to receive compensation for the following things:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital stays, physical therapy, or long-term nursing care
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life

Fires and explosions in the news

A federal jury in St. Louis, MO, awarded $8.3 million to two companies whose building was destroyed in 2014 by a natural gas explosion and fire.

A food truck employee in Leelanau County, MI, was awarded $5 million after suffering burns to half of his body in 2013 after the truck exploded because of a propane gas outlet mishap.

A jury awarded nearly $30 million to workers injured in a 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, LA. Two workers died and 167 others were injured.

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Destruction from fire in a home
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