Fire & Explosion Accidents
Fire & Explosion Accident Lawyer in Houston
While some fires are caused by natural disasters such as lightning strikes, the vast majority begin with human error. These can result in malfunctioning pieces of equipment such as space heaters or the improper handling of flammable items including firecrackers and matches.
Our firm handles a variety of fire and explosion cases, including:
- Home/commercial fires
- Plant refinery explosions
- Rig explosions
- Pipeline explosions
- Workplace burns
- Car crash fires
- Chemical burns
- Faulty space heaters
- Faulty water heaters
- Fires caused by electrical appliances
Why Hire Us for Your Explosion or Fire Accident Case?
If you or a family member suffered a severe burn in a fire or explosion caused by human negligence or malice, we encourage you to retain legal help. Our Houston explosion accident lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs can advise you on how to seek the compensation you may be entitled to.
Understanding the Severity of Burn Injuries
First-degree burns affect only the skin’s outer layer, while third-degree burns or “full thickness burns” impact the deepest layers of skin. Major burn injuries can be classified as catastrophic. These injuries can cause permanent debilitation and can even be life-threatening.
Burn injuries can cause ongoing physical damage to a victim’s:
- Manual dexterity
- Respiratory systems
- Fluid balances
- Joint function
- Thermal regulation
- Normal body temperature
- Muscles, nerves, bones, and blood vessels
Fire & Explosion Lawyers in South Texas, Houston, & Louisiana
Many burn injury victims need serious medical care and physical therapy. If your injury or your family member’s injury was caused by another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. We encourage you to get in touch with a Houston fire and explosion injury attorney at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs as soon as possible. Our lawyers can help you assess a possible injury claim in a free case consultation.
Our firm handles a variety of fire and explosion cases, including:
Home/Commercial Fires: There are roughly 350,000+ house fires in the United States each year, and several more occur on commercial properties, like healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools, offices, and stores. These types of fires might be caused by cooking issues, faulty heating equipment, electrical and lighting problems, and smoking materials.
Rig Explosions: Working on an oil rig can be extremely dangerous, and if any equipment malfunctions or is improperly operated, it could result in an explosion or a fire. Unfortunately, dousing a fire on a rig can be difficult, and even small fires could become serious and may result in an explosion under the right circumstances.
Workplace Burns: Even the safest jobs can be dangerous under the right circumstances, and if a fire occurs in the workplace, employees may sustain serious burns. Workplace fires might occur because of electrical issues, heating problems, or other issues related to commercial fires. However, if the work environment contains heavy machinery or toxic chemicals, the fire might have occurred because of misuse, equipment malfunctions, or operation errors.
Electrocution: Loose wires, poorly secured cords, broken outlets, and other electrical issues can lead to electrocution injuries. Or, an electrical problem might spark a fire or cause an electrical flare-up. Electrical fires might occur if property owners fail to repair electrical issues or if they fail to ensure the building is up to code.
Suffocation: Certain types of explosions, especially those that occur on ships, rigs, factories, or in other enclosed spaces, can be exceedingly dangerous. Under some circumstances, explosions or chemical problems might cause workers to become entrapped, resulting in suffocation.
Faulty Water Heaters: Some water heater models, especially those with older designs, can be hazardous. Hot pipes might catch fire near flammable materials or chemicals, or malfunctioning heaters could cause explosions when they first turn on, which may result in a house fire.
Plant Refinery Explosions: Power plants, waste plants, chemical plants, refineries, and other similar facilities have several dangerous elements on the premises, and if a worker is careless, or if the manager fails to enforce safety protocol, major mistakes can occur. As a result, toxic chemicals and hazardous machines can lead to deadly fires and massive explosions.
Pipeline Explosions: Pipelines are used across the country to carry gas, butane, and other substances to and fro. Unfortunately, it is possible for these poles to explode, sparking massive fires. These incidents often occur because the pipe is poorly maintained, or because of equipment failure, or mechanical problems.
Car Crash Fires: Although car crash fires don’t occur as often anymore, in severe accidents, it is still entirely possible for a vehicle to catch fire, which can lead to an explosion if the fire reaches the gas tank. Not only are these fires dangerous for anyone in the vehicle, they could harm anyone else on the roads or nearby sidewalks.
Chemical Burns: If you work with chemicals, you need to handle them with care. If chemicals are misused, improperly stored, or mishandled, they could cause major burns. Not only are burn injuries painful, but they can also result in permanent scarring.
Faulty Space Heaters: Heating equipment issues are one of the leading causes of all home and commercial fires. Space heaters can be extremely hazardous if left unattended or if placed near flammable materials. If a space heater overheats or sparks nearby curtains, carpet, debris, or other materials, it could cause a devastating fire.
Fires Caused by Electrical Appliances: Electrical equipment can be dangerous if the products malfunction, are improperly plugged in, are wired dangerously, or if they are misused. In any case, electrical appliances might glitch and spark, causing electrical shortages, fires, or other dangerous issues.
Explosions Caused by Negligence: Know the Cause
Not every explosion or fire occurs because of some blameless disaster; many occur as a result of negligence, carelessness, or human error. Property owners, refinery managers, rig operators, and other similar parties are responsible for following safety regulations and enforcing rules that help prevent damaging incidents.
If a toxic storage tank spills, a live wire sparks, a pipeline burses, or a refinery machine breaks, it could create a major issue that may trigger an explosion or fire. If you were harmed in an explosive accident, it’s important to determine who might be liable for the damage you sustained.
Workplace accidents, whether in refineries, factories, oil rigs, ships, or commercial properties, might be caused by manager or property owner negligence. If a manager fails to follow proper protocol, does not follow safety regulations, does not enforce safe workplace conduct, or fails to provide workers with proper safety equipment, they could be liable for the damages their employees suffer as a result.
Likewise, a property manager might be liable for any injuries to tenants or visitors if their actions caused a fire or explosion. Machinery malfunctions, car fires, space heater fires, water heater explosions, and other similar incidents might be the result of faulty equipment, poor product design, or other similar issues. As a result, the product manufacturer might be responsible for the resulting fire or explosion.
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