By their very nature explosions and fires are sudden, intense, and usually life-changing for anyone caught in their wake. Victims are commonly left with severe, often permanent injuries and may also be left reeling from the emotional and psychological impact as they try to figure how to move forward with their lives. Considering the heavy financial toll these injuries often take as well as the pain and suffering they cause, it may be necessary for victims to seek legal actions.
The Causes of Explosions and Burn Injuries
Explosions and burn injuries may be the result of a number of different factors and can occur in a variety of different settings. In some instances the victims may be in their own homes, or in seemingly safe public places. Other times the accidents may occur at work such as in industrial accidents. Finally, people involved in harrowing automobile accidents, especially when 18-wheelers and tanker trucks are involved, can find themselves trapped as a fire blazes or an explosion ignites. Consider the following all-too-common causes of explosions and burn injuries:
- Tanker truck accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Natural gas explosions
- Propane tank explosions
- Exploding furnaces
- Downed powerlines
- Defective smoke detectors
- Defective hot water heaters
- Defective space heaters
- Smoking accidents
- Fires and explosions from auto accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Chemical burns or scalding in laboratory settings
- Fires in hospitals or operating rooms
- Flammable material in clothing or furniture
The Consequences of Explosions and Burn Injuries
The tragic reality is that many people involved in explosions or fires are instantly killed, die at the scene, or succumb to their injuries at the hospital. Those that do survive are often left physically scarred, disabled, and traumatized. Expensive medical bills, lost wages, and diminished quality of life are almost a guarantee in these terrible situations. Many victims will also find that they need constant care going forward and that they no longer have the ability to work and enjoy independent lives.
The Parties Responsible for Explosions and Burn Injuries
Sometimes an explosion or burn injury is truly an unpreventable accident and no one is to blame. Other times however the accident may have occurred as a result of the actions or inactions of another, legally responsible party. For example intoxicated or at-fault drivers in auto accidents, negligent manufacturers of dangerous, defective parts, equipment, or appliances, unsafe worksites and facilities, or general carelessness and human error can all be to blame when a life-altering explosion or burn injury occurs. In these cases it is crucial that victims, or the families they leave behind, pursue legal action, both to recover the financial losses they have suffered and to punish the perpetrators and hopefully make things safer for future people.
Dies & Parkhurst Fights for Explosions and Burns Victims
Dies & Parkhurst understands how important legal justice is for the victims of explosions and fires. We sympathize with their pain and suffering and the devastating injuries and life changes that accompany their accidents. We are committed to fighting for their rights and helping them receive the compensation and acknowledgement they need to begin the healing the process.