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Injured in a fire or explosion?

How an Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation

Fires and explosions are sudden and devastating, destroying property and causing physical and emotional trauma and, sometimes, even death. If you have been harmed in a fire or explosion caused by another party’s carelessness, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

A skilled and experienced burn injury attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help you understand your legal options. Contact us today by calling (800) 2-HABUSH (800) 242-2874 or by filling out a contact form for a free initial consultation.

5 Steps to Take After a Fire or Explosion injury

What should you do after you or a loved one is injured in a fire or explosion at home or at work?

  1. Seek safety, seek medical attention if needed, and alert the local authorities. We also encourage you to contact an experienced burn injury lawyer advocate to work with insurance adjusters or negligent property owners. Remember, you may be entitled to compensation for loss and suffering.
  2. File your claims with your home owner’s insurance or renter’s insurance company. If you are receiving medical treatment, continue paying your deductibles/co-pays and request receipts or keep copies of your bills for potential reimbursement. Share this information with your burn injury lawyers.
  3. If you are allowed to return to your property when the fire is extinguished, remember to take for important documents in addition to your sentimental or day-to-day items. You may need your identification papers, insurance documents, and lease or ownership agreements.
  4. Catalog everything you owned before the fire and, if possible, estimate the value for each item. Don’t throw anything out before your insurance adjuster has reviewed it.
  5. Work with local authorities, like the fire department, to document as much as possible. You can share photos, receive copies of Fire Marshall or inspector reports, submit witness statements, etc. In cases of negligence, it may also be possible to provide correspondence that proves the property owner or property owner or property manager knew about the hazards before the fire or explosion occurred.

What Are the Common Causes of a fire or explosion?

Fire hazards are very common in the home, outdoors and in the workplace but we rarely notice hazardous conditions until something goes wrong. 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.

Our law firm has the experience and the resources to effectively prepare and litigate cases on behalf of plaintiffs and family members injured or killed in fires and explosions.

Common fire hazards include:

  • Home – Improperly wired electrical systems, improperly installed machines (including dryers), electronic malfunctions, cooking, burning candles, improper use or installation of heaters
  • Outdoors – Dry foliage or chopped wood
  • Workplace – Dust buildup, waste or combustible materials buildup, power socket overload, flammable liquids and gases, equipment/machinery, faulty manufacturing, cigarette smoking, human error

Likewise, 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

Who Is Responsible for Fire or Explosion Hazards?

At times, someone else’s carelessness can start a fire or worsen one. Faulty electrical wiring and furnaces, gas leaks, malfunctioning or absent smoke detectors, inaccessible or inadequate escape routes, the presence of flammable fabrics and furniture, and the presence of dried vegetation that can fuel fires are all examples of possible sources of liability for property owners or product manufacturers.

Furthermore, if a fire breaks out, many buildings are required by law to have fire containment or extinguishing systems in place to limit the potential scope of the damage. However, if these alarms, sprinklers, or other devices fail, the individuals who are reliant upon them for their workplace safety may be gravely injured as a result.

A fire loss attorney can help you understand how a fire or explosion happened and locate the parties responsible for its resulting burn injuries or property damage.

Why Choose the Burn Injury Attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.?

The lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. regularly represent plaintiffs in cases of catastrophic injury and wrongful death in fires and explosions caused or exacerbated by unsafe premises, unsafe construction sites, and unsafe products. Our burn injury attorneys have handled many cases involving fires and explosions.

Since 1930, we have earned the respect of our colleagues and the courts in Wisconsin and nationwide for our thorough and meticulous work in fire and explosion cases. We have not only helped our individual clients, but successful cases have led to safety improvements through strengthened laws.

If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a fire or explosion, we encourage you to contact our law offices today for skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel.

Contact Us

A skilled and experienced attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help you understand your legal options. Contact us today by calling 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) or by filling out a contact form for a free initial consultation.

Fire Damage & Burn Injury FAQs

Burn injuries are painful, disfiguring, and require long recovery periods. Smoke inhalation, and inhalation of toxic fumes and gases from flammable fabrics and furniture stuffed with polyurethane foam, can create long term injuries and increase the likelihood of death.

If you or someone you love has been affected by an explosion or a fire, you may be entitled to compensation. You and your family should not be made to suffer unduly because someone else failed to act responsibly.

Unlike property owners and homeowners, individuals who rent property will also have to work with a landlord or owner. If an investigation finds that your landlord could have prevented the fire or knew there was a risk of fire and did not resolve the hazard, you may be eligible for compensation.

You should contact a fire damage lawyer immediately if you believe your landlord’s negligence played a role in a fire or explosion. Examples of negligence include:

  • Faulty wiring due to old wiring, amateur installation, pests or overloaded circuits
  • Instances where the number of occupants in the whole building or single unit exceeds the capacity of the space (overcrowding)
  • Building code violations, amateur construction, make-shift construction
  • Lack of smoke detectors, aged smoke detectors, broken smoke detectors
  • Lack of extinguishers or expired/faulty extinguishers
  • Defective fire alarms
  • Faulty equipment, like boilers or heaters
  • Blocked fire exits or disregard for fire doors

Traditionally, families and businesses would rely on insurance and even purchase protection from credit card companies. However, valid insurance claims are often denied, delayed, or devalued. Furthermore, if the fire or explosion was caused by negligence then a lawsuit or settlement could be an appropriate course of action.

A fire damage attorney can help you with your fire or explosion claims. To discuss the details of your case, contact us at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.

If you are struggling to make ends meet and cannot pay all of your regular bills, notify the creditor right away. They may extend the deadline or offer flexibility during emergencies, so you won’t be penalized for a missed payment.

As you recuperate and rebuild, keep copies of your receipts. These could be related to your medical treatments or expenses related to your evacuation, like lodging or repairs.

You can also contact relief agencies, like the Red Cross, to assist you immediately after a fire or explosion by providing various degrees of food, water, and shelter.

Results

  • $6 MILLION to a man burned when his car caught on fire

  • $2.6 MILLION to two widows whose husbands were killed when a pipe ruptured in a power plant

  • $21 MILLION settlement for children of couple killed in propane explosion

  • $1.4 MILLION to a man burned at work