Explosion and Fire Accidents Lawyer
Accidents involving explosions and fires are some of the most unanticipated, yet devastating events that a person can experience. The aftermath of these accidents often leaves victims with large medical bills and lost wages, among other types of significant damages. To obtain the compensation that you deserve after an explosion or fire, you should retain the assistance of an experienced accident attorney.
Common Causes of Explosions and Fires
Various factors can result in explosions and fires. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
- Aviation accidents
- Chemical spills
- Defective appliances
- Demolition work
- Gas leaks
- Industrial dust
- Motor vehicle accidents
Regardless of how your fire or explosion injuries occurred, it is impossible to determine at the beginning of a case exactly how much compensation you will require to be made whole again. Instead, your injuries need time to heal before you can determine your full amount of damages.
Burns are classified into three categories:
- First-degree burns involve damage to the outer layer of the skin.
- Second-degree burns damage the top layer of a person's skin and the layers beneath it.
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy all layers of skin and tissue.
Burns are one of the most painful injuries that a person can receive. Second or third-degree burns often require hospitalization as well as skin graft operations, in addition to psychological counseling to deal with the devastating nature of the injury. Permanent scarring is common after fires and explosions and can leave victims disfigured. Some of the most common methods of treatment for burn injuries include transplants, microsurgery, and surgical reconstruction.
The impacts of chemical explosions are often so devastating that the United States Chemical Safety Board was established to investigate the causes of these accidents and work to prevent them. Despite their devastating nature, chemical explosions can occur almost anywhere and be triggered by many different factors. Injuries that result from chemical explosions often leave victims facing neurological injuries among other life-changing impairments.
Who is Responsible for Explosions and Fires?
The carelessness of parties involved sometimes makes explosions or fires even worse. For example, if a party leaves flammable materials lying around, that can fuel a fire and increase resulting damages. Also, buildings are required by federal law to have fire containment or extinguishing systems in place. If these devices fail to work properly, the people who depend on them to stay safe can be seriously injured in the event of a fire or explosion.
Not only can a personal injury attorney help you determine how the accident that impacted you occurred, but a lawyer can also help you prove who was responsible for the accident. Some of the parties who can be held responsible for explosions and fires include:
- Contractors who defectively build a home
- Electricians who improperly install wiring
- Gas companies
- Landlords who did not safely maintain a premise
- Manufacturers who create flammable items or defective fire alarms
- Propane companies
OSHA Guidelines Addressing Fire Protection
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to utilize fire prevention and protection programs. Some OSHA regulations addressing fire prevention include:
- Employers are required to implement fire protection programs.
- All heaters used near combustible substances must remain at least 10 feet away.
- Workers are required to use only approved portable tanks and containers for storing flammable liquids.
- Only qualified workers can handle and use explosives.
Ways to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Explosions
Some of the steps that you can take to reduce the risks of fires and explosions include:
- Identify the various fire and explosion hazards in your area. While electrical equipment is a common cause of fires, these accidents can result from various other things, like loose wiring. By recognizing these risks, you can take the steps necessary to remedy them.
- Make sure that smoke detectors are installed and that a location is in compliance with fire regulations.
- Hire a professional company to perform a fire risk assessment at your home or business location. While you might feel able to do this on your own, these professionals have substantial training in fire prevention and risk assessment.
Obtain the Services of a Fire and Explosion Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a fire or explosion, contact a lawyer at Henderson Law today. Our attorneys understand how devastating these accidents can be, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation that accident victims deserve.
As a trusted law firm in the Crofton, Maryland community and a reliable partner to our clients, we are proud of each of the 5 star reviews on our Google business listing. Please call us today and learn exactly why we are the right accident lawyer for you.
Henderson Law is accepting new cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Henderson Law is willing to take new clients across the State of Maryland, including, but not limited to, new cases arising in the following cities: Annapolis, Crofton, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Millersville, Odenton, Severna Park, and Pasadena. Please call Henderson Law for an initial consultation.