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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:
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.
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with the bar, have acted as Principal Counsel, and have obtained verdicts/settlements
totaling $2 million or more.
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million-dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients.
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elevating the standards of honor, integrity, and courtesy in the legal
profession, and we work to establish profitable relationships with other
organizations in the legal field.
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:
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
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.
We serve clients throughout South Texas, Houston, Galveston, and Louisiana.
Contact our office today to begin.
A Commanding Presence in the CourtroomBacked by a Longstanding Record of Success
Attorneys Russ Briggs & Greg Fibich secured a $6.6 million dollar jury
verdict on behalf of a client who suffered permanent medical issues after
two doctors were found liable for failing to diagnose and treat a blood
clot that developed after a surgical procedure.