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EXPLOSIONS & FIRES

In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported each year. Burns have the potential to be the most painful injuries one can sustain. Those who suffer from such injuries can face a lifetime of serious healthcare challenges and severe physical disfigurement. Last year, an estimated 650,000 burn injuries were treated by medical professionals. 75,000 of these injuries required hospitalization.

Products, employers (work place) property owners (including government property) is supposed to comply with established fire, safety and  health regulations. At times there can be a break down or lapse within this safety protocol.


Types of burns

First degree burns

First-degree burns are red and very sensitive to touch, and the skin will appear blanched when minor pressure is applied. First-degree burns have minimal tissue damage and they involve only the epidermis. Redness and swelling.

Second degree burns

Second-degree burns affect both the outer-layer (epidermis) and the under lying   layer   of   skin  (dermis)   These

burns often affect sweat glands, and hair follicles. If a deep second-degree burn is not properly treated, swelling and decreased blood flow in the tissue can result in the burn becoming a third-degree burn. This type of burn causes redness, pain, blistering and swelling.

Third degree burns

Third-degree burns affect the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. This type of burn  causes charring of skin or a translucent white color, with coagulated vessels visible just below the top of the skin This burn area be numb, but the person may complain of pain. Healing from third-degree burns is very slow due the skin tissue and structures being destroyed. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive visible scarring.

 Inhalation Injuries

Fire has been associated with 3 different types of inhalation injuries. *Damage from heat insulation, *Systemic toxins, * Damage from smoke inhalation. More than a hundred known toxic substances are present in fire smoke. When inhalation injuries are combined with external burns the chance of death can be significantly higher.
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Regarding responsibility in a fire or explosion, there are four elements of negligence that are examined and investigated:

  1. Duty
  2. Breach of Duty
  3. Direct or Proximate Cause
  4. Injury
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3.75 Million fatal fire lawsuit from a fire fire in Levittown. A company manufacturing baseboard heaters was held liable for their product including a heater that lacked certain features that would decrease the likelihood of short-circuiting. The company did not adhere to adequate inspection protocols prior to its distribution. A mother and three sisters were lost in the horrific fire, a
recent case in the U.S.

$1.1 million for a construction worker whose leg was burned by sparks flying from a hot torch cutting operation, resulting in multiple surgeries and orthopedic medical problems. This was a ecent case in the U.S.




Sources of compensation for explosions and fires

  • Employers/Business/Companies owners
  • Insurance companies
  • Property owners
  • Manufacturers
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)
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