Fires, Explosions & Burns
Fires and explosions can oftentimes be avoided if proper fire codes or maintenance are performed. The results can be deadly or cause a devastating burn injury. When a burn injury occurs, victims can endure long hospital stays, skin grafts and sometimes amputations. These treatments are extremely painful and expensive and can result in severe scarring and chronic pain. It is important to document all medical procedures, expenses and to properly investigate the cause after a fire or explosion. This is usually the farthest thing from a victim’s mind when recovering from trauma. The fire/ explosion and burn attorneys at Davant & Associates investigate and gather proper documentation and information, interview witnesses, obtain incident reports and provide a measure of relief to families and victims who have other things to deal with after such a catastrophic event.
Types of severe burns include second and third degree burns, chemical burns, electrocution and electrical burns and inhalation injuries. These occur under a multitude of circumstances:
When alkaline or acidic chemicals come into contact with the skin, second and third degree burns and inhalation injuries can occur. Household products, industrial accidents and unsafe working conditions are frequently the cause of serious chemical burns.
Fatal electrocution can result under any number of situations. If you or a loved one has lost a family member to electrocution, you are encouraged to seek legal advice about the possibility of a wrongful death and survivor lawsuit to compensate immediate family members. An electrical accident that does not result in immediate death may cause unique medical issues that arise because of the nature of electrical shock. Injuries involving heart problems, nervous system damage and brain injury may result.
Smoke Inhalation Injuries and Fatalities
According to statistics, sixty to eighty percent of fire related fatalities are the result of smoke inhalation. Inhalation injuries are invisible injuries that can cause serious damage and death. These injuries can cause permanent damage to the airways, lungs, brain or other vital organs.
Major causes of fires and burns are numerous. In order to determine if you have a viable case, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney to investigate your claim. Causes of fires and burns where a legal claim may be brought include:
- Car fires
- Electrical fires
- Defective products
- House fires
- Gas explosions
- Work related burns
- Smoke alarm failures
- Propane explosions
- Pipeline explosions
Property Damage/ Insurance Bad Faith
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always act ethically and honestly following a devastating fire. You may feel as though you have lost everything you own due to a fire or explosion, only to have your insurance company kick you when you are down. Many times after a policy holder has faithfully paid premiums for years they are treated like second class citizens. The law does not allow such unscrupulous insurance to wrongfully delay or deny a claim for arbitrary and superfluous reasons. If your insurance company is attempting to take advantage of you following a fire or explosion, call the Attorneys at Davant & Associates.
If you have been the victim of a fire, explosion, burn, bad faith, negligence or fraud related to a fire, explosion or burn, we would like to hear about it. Davant & Associates will fight for all the money damages you deserve. We will thoroughly investigate your claim, document and gather evidence, have appropriate experts review your records and vigorously pursue your case. If you are the victim of a fire, an explosion, a burn, an insurance company’s bad faith, negligence and or fraud, you deserve to be compensated!