A fire can start for several reasons, a gas leak, a broiler explosion or even a chimney that has not been cleaned or is in disrepair, can be reasons, along with many others. When you experience loss due to a blast, or detonation, it really does not matter how it happens at that instant, the important thing is to seek immediate medical care and legal assistance. These discharges can easily blow out your eardrums, and also blast body parts off, leaving the victims to bleed to death while in shock. Insurance may cover some of the costs related to the fire or explosion injuries and the property loses. However the insurance companies do not always live up to the claims in their insurance polices when something does happen.
It can also be the fact that the fire or explosion that occurred was not covered in the insurance policy. This makes it impossible to get the compensation that you are entitled to without the assistance of an experienced fire and explosion attorney. Some of the attorneys Ehline Law Firm PC have experienced first hand, the devastation that these explosive events can cause. With a huge stack of victorious cases against those who caused or contributed to negligently created blasts and scorching, our firm is always ready to jump into the fight and pull you to safety. We understand the technical jargon, and jurisdictional overlap with federal and state laws that can often come into play in these situations. It could be your case was a mistake, and covered under insurance, or it could be that it was a Muslim terror attack, that may be excluded, unless we can prove that the property owner failed to provide adequate security. Give us a call and learn more about our multi million dollar track record and how we can seek and find money for your serious injury claims.
- Burn and Explosion Statistics
- Steps to Take in Preserving Rights
- Steps in Residential Clean Up Post Event
- Who is Responsible for Your Injuries and to Pay You?
- Understanding What Compensation is
- How to Choose an Attorney for Representation
The Statistics For Fires And Explosions
The statistics show that there are over 15,000 people injured each year from eruptions and discharges, and that there are more than 3,000 people that lose their lives in these incidences. The statistics show that 81 percent of fire deaths are due to residential fires and this is also the leading cause of fire injuries. The numbers show that as many as 23 percent of fire injuries happen when people are trying to get out of a house that has caught on fire.
This is because in a structure fire it can be as little as 60 seconds when you are able to evacuate safely. There are an estimated 39 percent of injuries that occur while people are trying to put out residential fires or control them. This is not advisable; it is safer to leave the residence during the first sixty seconds to avoid injury and possible death.
What Should You Do After A Fire Or Explosion?
When there has been a flash eruption, for example, this is an emotional time, so it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed. You could have shrapnel wound, be missing a limb, or even be blinded. You could be in total darkness, alone, and with many unanswered questions, such as how could this have happened, what could have been done to prevent it and what to do now? There are some steps to take that should be done after being blown up.
- The first thing to do after a fire is to seek medical attention for you and anyone else that was at the residence or property during the fire or explosion. This should be done even in the event there does not seem to be any injuries, there are some injuries that are obvious like burns. Then there are others that may not be as obvious, such as smoke inhalation, especially since there are chemicals or gas in these fires or explosions. It takes a medical professional to know if there has been smoke inhalation that can result in lung damage and this is not always present immediately after a fire. In some cases, it can take a day or more to feel the effects of smoke inhalation and chest x-rays may not show the damage right after a fire. This known as secondary results from a fire and a complete medical examination should be scheduled if there is a sign of respiratory, chest or lung problems that occur days after the calamity.
- Contacting your insurance company next step after there has been a fire or explosion on your property.
- Take care of yourself and the family you will at least need a temporary place to stay after an explosive, high heat event, your insurance company may pay for a temporary place to stay. You can also contact the local Red Cross or Salvation Army for assistance that is either free or low-cost for items such as food, clothing and medications.
- Contact the fire department without delay to see if the fire on your property has either been investigated or is going to be investigated. This is important to do while the evidence from the fire or explosion is still untouched.
- Before you begin the process of cleaning up or doing any restoration to the property or residence after a fire or explosion you need to contact the insurance company and this needs to be done quickly. This is because some policies include a clause about prompt notification of claims. The insurance companies often provide a list of restoration specialists or explosion or repair experts.
- After a blast do not enter the structure until you have spoken to the fire officials and have been told that it is safe to enter. This is because it can be structurally weak, there can be lingering smoke, chemical contamination or gas leaks that can cause injury or death.
- After concussive events and fires on your property notify the police department and request they make extra patrols in your neighborhood to protect your residence from trespassers and vandalism. Since the residence will be empty until restoration is done, it is often suggested by professionals to board it up.
- Notify utility companies that there has been an ignition; they will turn the utilities off to prevent further catastrophes. This can occur due to faulty gas lines were leaks in a residence.
Steps To Take Going Back To The Residence For Clean Up
- Cleaning up after a fire or explosion do not throw out damaged items of possible, if they must be thrown away take pictures and inventory each item. You’ll need to prove to the insurance company that the items were damaged or destroyed during the flare up occurred on your property in order to be compensated by the insurance company.
- Save all the receipts that are related to the detonation, and keep detailed journal of your expenses. These receipts will be needed for the insurance company, and if you do not have insurance that can be used to help claim deductions on taxes at the end of the year.
- If you are able to rebuild the residence, hire a licensed and reputable contractor that is an expert in fire or explosion damage.
- Another important step is to contact a reputable fire and explosion attorney, as soon as it is possible after this type of tragedy has occurred. This type of experience attorney will understand how to handle a fire and explosion case and this can help increase the amount of recovery. Experienced fire and explosion attorney gather evidence by hiring investigators and other experts to examine the evidence for the fire or explosion has occurred, even when it is from a gas fire, broiler explosion or other reasons. The attorney will then be able to piece together all the evidence of fire or explosion. This will allow them to determine if there are other sources of compensation besides the insurance company.
- If you were at someone else’s residence or property when there was a fire or explosion you need to contact an experienced attorney. You should not speak to the insurance company about the fire and explosion attorney present, because the insurance company will use anything you say against you. By hiring an experienced fire and explosion attorney, they will communicate with the insurance company and any other parties in securing the best possible covering for your claim.
Who Pays The Compensation for a House Fire?
There are cases where homes catch fire or have explosions due to something you or your children do. In these type of cases the insurance company is the only place to seek compensation. There are other types of detonation injuries and loss that occurs where others might be obligated to pay compensation for the injuries, loss and damages.
These other parties that might be held responsible after a fire or explosion can include:
- Land Lords: There are some cases where there are not fire detectors or fire alarms, or they are not in proper working order when the fire broke out. Statistics show that approximately 78 percent of the deaths and 60 percent of the fire related injuries occur due to faulty or non-working fire alarms. This may be the landlord’s fault. In some explosions, it is lack of maintenance that is responsible, such as broiler explosions.
- There are some outbreaks caused by other tenants, or their guests, that cause fires start in their apartment units. The statistics show that smoking causes 6 percent of residential fires, this means, even if you do not smoke a neighbor or their guest who does might do fire damage to your residence.
- Neighbors living adjacent may cause damage to your property or causing the residence to ignite. This can be done by negligently leaving an unattended barbecue grill or other acts.
- Fires or explosions can start due to contractor error, this can be electrical wiring that is not installed properly, or appliances not installed properly. They may be using combustible materials like paint thinner, gasoline and other items in a way that can cause them to explode or start a fire; it is also possible that a blowtorch is used improperly.
- Defective products can also cause bad eruptions and burns, such as faulty electrical sockets, gas dryers or stoves and other items that cause fires or explosions. The manufacturer and the retailer might be able to be held responsible for injuries, damages and property loss.
- Fires or explosions in a place of business such as a restaurant, if a fire breaks out or there is an explosion and it is necessary to exit quickly if the exits are not clearly marked or there are limits for the amount of occupants have not been stuck to there can be stampeding by panic stricken customers. When a business owner does not follow the law concerning safety and injury avoidance, to prevent smoke inhalation, injuries and stampeding at exits, they can be held liable for the injuries and damages you incurred.
What Is Compensation For A Fire Or Explosion?
While each case is different the person that suffers a fire or explosion in many cases is entitled to compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.
- Medical Costs: medical costs can include emergency transport from the scene of the fire or explosion, emergency room, hospital stay, diagnostic tests, surgery, physical therapy, and medical supplies.
- Property Damages: This can include furniture, belongings, clothing, structural damage to the residence, and restoration costs after there has been a fire or explosion.
- Lost Wages: This includes impairment for future earning ability: A fire or explosion can cause lost wages and it can also impact the ability or earn wages in the same profession in the future. This means it is important that the amount of earned wages from the past be looked at carefully and what the future earned wages could be expected.
- Changes in Lifestyle: This can include changes that need to be made for permanent injuries, in a fire or explosion there can be permanent disfigurement, physical disabilities that will require equipment such as a wheelchair, or brain injuries causing cognitive impairment. These disabilities may mean needing medical treatment and equipment, along with help for daily activities, that can be for months, or for the rest of you or your loved one’s life.
- Pain and Suffering: When you have been through a fire or explosion there is emotional trauma, and is multiplied for people that suffer permanent injuries. This is a devastating experience, when losing many belongings and even more emotion if there is the loss of a family member.
- Punitive Damages: Punitive damages do not apply to every fire or explosion, but if it occurred in a business setting and there was gross negligence on the part of the business owner, such as blocked exits it they, can apply. An experienced fire and explosion personal injury attorney can assist in determining if punitive damages apply in your claim.
How To Choose A Legal Representative for Bursts and Explosions
There are many personal injury attorneys, but the hard charger that is needed after suffering a a bad burn or lost body parts from a concussive discharge, is the attorney that has skill and experience in these cases. This is because there might be more than one party that can be held responsible, and this experienced attorney can take all the evidence and facts from the claim and hold the right parties responsible. Ehline Law has resources to investigate the facts, and other factors, to build a case that will ensure the maximum compensation.
- There might be other compensatory damages available in some of these situations. This takes the experienced legal beagle that has a complete understanding of the laws that apply to this type of case. Insurance is often the main source of compensation, but it may be that is not always 100% true. Your legal representative needs to establish if there are other sources of remuneration in these cases.
- There are also requirements that include time limits for notifying insurance companies and other responsible parties after being hit by a barrage of projectiles and being badly burned, for example. Even though each case is different and property owners and businesses deal with different insurance companies there are time limits in which they must be notified of a claim. In most cases it is outlined in the policy and it could be as long as 12 months from the dated of the bad event, however in many cases it is a shorter time period. When the person that has been injured, or there are damages, and the insurance companies has not been notified in a timely manner the laws in California may still provide protection. Ehline Law is able to help in assisting you uncover your hidden rights to justice, by unraveling the codes and statutes, in order to protect your rights and discuss your options.
- Funding a case, It is supremely important to make certain to use an experienced fire and explosion personal injury attorney. They will be prepared to handle this type of case, with experts and investigators, medical experts, life care planners and rehabilitation experts. This will ensure a favorable outcome in your case with the maximum compensation.
Contact Our Law Offices to Learn More
Ehline Law Firm PC has the experience and the experts that it takes to handle bad individual conflagration cases, along with multiparty cases. When you or a loved one has suffered the devastation of a case like this, we can be contacted through our website or at 1-888-400-9721 for a consultation with an experienced law firm.