Fire and explosions cause hundreds to accidents annually in the United States. Thousands of people sustain injury in such incidents and left severely disfigured or maimed as a result. About 75,000 people have to be hospitalized after suffering some kind of burn injuries in fact. There are many reasons why these types of accidents take place and most of them are preventable. Some basic precautions and care taken when using flammable materials can go a long way in keeping danger at bay.
If you or someone in your family suffered fire and explosion injuries, then you have the right to seek legal recourse. A qualified personal injury lawyer in Louisiana will be able to analyze your situation and advise you on a future course of action.
Things To Do After Fire and Explosion Injuries
The first thing you should do is seek medical aid. Also, you should call local law enforcement and firemen to contain the fire and prevent further damage. If the fire destroyed your residence, you will need to make arrangements for housing. It is also essential to inform your insurance provider about the damages at the earliest time possible.
Find out when you can return to the scene of the fire and explosions. This may be necessary if you have to claim any valuables from your property or start cleaning up. The insurance company representatives will also want to begin their assessment by visiting the site of the incident. This is also a good time to seek advice from an attorney on how to seek compensation.
Responsibility for fire and explosions injuries depends on the circumstances of the accident. Landlords, building designers, or architects may be held liable in the event fire alarms fail to work. Maintenance workers or security guards may also be held liable for negligence if the accident took place in an apartment complex or commercial building. If faulty wiring, improper installation of appliances, or use of sub-standard construction materials led to this issue, responsibility may fall on the contractors.
Liability may also fall on manufacturers of defective appliances or electrical fixtures. The victim may seek compensation for medical expenses, damages to property, lost wages, pain and suffering. Also, the victim may recover punitive damages depending upon the nature of the accident. A person who has sustained severe injury may have to bring about certain lifestyle changes. A good lawyer will be able to negotiate and fight on your behalf. They will have experts and analysts on their speed dial who will be able to prove how exactly this accident occurred and verify culpability.
Call a Qualified Explosion Injury Attorney
Attorney Price McNamara handles cases concerning fire and explosion injuries across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebone, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think you have a personal injury claim, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record, and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.