Sadly, explosions and fires are a common occurrence around the world. Injuries from a fire or explosion can include burns from the heat and flames, lung damage from smoke and toxic fume inhalation, broken bones, head injuries and hearing damage or shrapnel injuries from the blast of an explosion. These serious injuries can be extremely painful and life-altering, and can take years of extensive medical treatment to recover.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a fire or explosion caused by someone else’s negligence, proving liability is vital to recover compensation. The fault of the responsible party must be clearly established, and it is essential that the extent and cost of injuries, losses and other damages is verified.
Fire Cases & Establishing Liability
Countless factors may be involved when a fire or explosion occurs. For example, the release of toxic gas or chemicals could be due to faulty equipment or products, not negligence on the part of bystander or operator. A house fire could be the result of a smoke detector’s failure or malfunction, or a faulty furnace or boiler. Both of these cases are product liability claims and the manufacturer can be held liable for damages.
However, if a fire or explosion is due to a property owner failing to keep smoke detectors, electrical systems and other potential hazards in good working order, a premises liability case may be brought against the responsible party. In the case of a car fire or explosion, the negligent party could be the other driver who caused the accident, or it could be a defect in the gas line or the car design.
What To Do After A Fire
After a fire, it is essential to let investigators complete their work to determine the cause of the fire and extent of the damages. Obtaining statements, reports or any other information available on the event can help to prove who was at fault if you opt to file a personal injury claim.
The property owner’s insurer will ask questions and gather statements. Be honest and straightforward, but do not sign any documents that may be presented to you. It is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Many law firms have their own fire experts and investigators who can collect evidence to build a solid case and establish who is at fault.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a fire or explosion, the experienced legal team at Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, can assess your case and help to ensure you receive proper compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us at 732-936-9901 to schedule a free consultation today.