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:
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.
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 permanent scarring.
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.
Depending on the circumstances of the motorcycle accident, there are several different parties who could be liable. If the crash was caused by another driver’s mistake, they, or their insurance company, could be responsible for the damage you suffered. Or, if the incident was the result of a mechanical error, defect, or malfunction, the manufacturer would likely be deemed liable for the crash.
For example, the motorcycle’s brakes might fail due to a design defect, or the tire might blow because it was installed incorrectly. If something like this occurs, causing your crash, the party responsible for the flaw could be held liable for the harm you suffered in the resulting crash.
On the other hand, if your crash was caused by debris or a roadway hazard, the party that caused the hazard would likely be responsible for the motorcycle crash. For example, construction crews might fail to pick up all roadside debris, or semi-trucks might load their cargo incorrectly, leading to a roadway spill.
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