HOUSTONFIRE & EXPLOSION ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Do I Need a Houston Fire and Explosion Accident Attorney?
Very few accidents are as destructive as an explosion or a fire. Explosions and the ensuing fires can destroy your home or your work-site in seconds. Injuries related to these accidents are often very serious and have long term health consequences, including scarring, internal injuries, and death.
Due to the high number of industrial work-sites in Texas, this area sees our fair share of explosions and fires.
When you suffer these serious injuries due to the negligence and recklessness of someone else, you may be eligible for compensation.
What Are Some Common Injuries Caused by Fires and Explosions?
Many injuries sustained due to explosions and fires require immediate and extensive medical attention. They may require extensive rehabilitative treatment, as well.
Common injuries caused by fire and explosion accidents include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Loss of limb
- Collapsed lungs
- Eye damage
- Hearing loss
- Spinal damage
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury (head injury)
In many cases, these horrific injuries are coupled with a financial loss. Many of these injuries may prevent an employee from returning to work.
What Are The Common Causes of Fire and Explosions?
Unfortunately, many fires and explosions are extremely preventable. For the most part, these accidents take place on worksites, though they may also occur in the home.
On work-sites, explosions and fires may result from:
- Faulty equipment or wiring
- Improper use of equipment
- Failing to follow recognized safety procedures
- Inadequate personal protective equipment, training, or supervision
- Placing an ignition source too close to flammable material
Explosions and fires in the home can also result from faulty wiring. They may also occur if a homeowner uses a defective product unknowingly.
Of course, some jobs carry high explosion risks. Workers in the oil and gas industry, the construction industry, or anyone working with fuel has a higher risk of being involved in an explosion. In industries like these, it’s important for employers to take the initiative in ensuring the work environment is safe.
Who Can Be Held Liable For a Fire or an Explosion in Texas?
Texas law may prevent an employer who carries worker’s compensation insurance from being sued in a personal injury suit, but it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to know for sure. In many cases, third parties are involved in the accident and may be held liable for your injury.
These third parties may include general contractors, subcontractors, safety consultants, company men, supervisors, foremen, equipment manufacturers, or others depending on the circumstances of your accident. In order to determine who may be liable in your case, you should contact an experienced Houston personal injury attorney, like Trey Barton.
What Damages Can I Recover From an Explosion Injury?
In a personal injury case, you can recover damages for your lost wages, medical bills, as well as less tangible “pain and suffering” damages.
Recoverable damages in a fire or explosion accident include:
- Past lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future mental anguish, pain and suffering
- Personal or household expenses as a result of your injuries
- Past and future medical expenses
How Do I Calculate the Damages of a Fire or Explosion Injury?
The amount of damages you recover will be a combination of medical bills and other expenses, as well as wages you may have earned while you are recovering. However, as you can see, there are also potential damages that are more difficult to calculate.
The injuries and long term consequences associated with fires and explosions are often extensive. In fire and explosion cases, it is highly imperative you have the expertise of a knowledgeable attorney, since your damages will likely be high.
It’s impossible, really, to put a price tag on pain and suffering. For this reason, if you are seeking compensation in a personal injury claim, it is essential that you have an attorney experienced in personal injury. An experienced attorney like Trey Barton can use his personal experience and knowledge to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
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When the insurance company calls you, call me! The insurance company is interested in resolving your case for the smallest amount of money possible. They don’t care about you, your family, your injury, or what it will take to make you whole. They want to resolve your case before you have a chance to speak to a personal injury attorney that knows what you are entitled to recover. Act now to protect your legal rights! Contact me today for a free case evaluation.