Fires and explosions are sudden and devastating. They destroy property, cause physical and emotional trauma and sometimes death.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are nearly 300 serious natural gas explosions per year in the United States. In addition, an average of 37,000 fires occur at industrial and manufacturing properties every year. There are more than 350,000 home fires each year in the United States. Those fires cause almost 2,000 deaths annually.
Unfortunately, fire hazards are very common in homes and workplaces. Determining the cause of a fire or explosion requires extensive experience and thorough investigation involving engineering, electrical, and gas line experts as well as fire scene experts.
Common fire hazards can include:
Improperly wired electrical systems, improperly installed appliances (including dryers), electronic malfunctions, cooking, burning candles, improper use or installation of heaters.
Dry foliage or chopped wood, improperly stored gas and equipment.
Waste buildup, improper ventilation, power socket overload, flammable liquids and gases, equipment/machinery, faulty manufacturing, cigarette smoking, human error.
Common causes of explosions include:
- Boiler explosions
- Dust explosions
- Fuel tank explosions
- Industrial explosions
- Natural gas explosions
- Petroleum explosions
- Propane explosions
- Refinery explosions
- Residential gas explosions
- Faulty electrical work
There are situations where someone’s negligence can cause a fire or explosion. If you or someone you care about was injured in a fire or explosion, the first step is to contact a fire and burn injury lawyer. Our law firm is uniquely qualified to effectively prepare and litigate fire and explosion cases on behalf of injured victims and their families. We have the experience and resources to help.
Attorney Jason J. Knutson
Jason Knutson is a shareholder with the firm. His practice features complex litigation, such as major environmental and industrial accidents, and class action claims. He also handles cases of medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury. Jason has had personal injury cases at every level of Wisconsin’s justice system from jury trials in county circuit courts to arguing before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Additionally, Jason is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he has taught courses in trial advocacy, negotiation, legal writing, and lawyering skills.
Jason graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. When not in the office or courtroom, his interests include art history, movies and aviation.