Serious burn injuries caused by explosions are among the most painful and debilitating injuries imaginable, often requiring long hospitalizations and surgical intervention, and often leaving burn injury victims with lifetimes of pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement, not to mention astronomical medical bills and an inability to earn a living. Explosions can result in serious burn injuries, as well as broken bones and other debilitating injuries, especially in a serious explosion that causes damage to, or collapse of, a structure such as an apartment building. Explosions often occur because a landlord fails to maintain a property in a safe condition, and fails to recognize signs of danger from explosions in time to prevent an explosion. Explosions also can occur on construction sites due to failures of site owners and contractors to take the proper safety precautions necessary to prevent explosions from occurring. Whatever the circumstance, generally, explosions occur because somebody with the responsibility to keep others safe from harm fails to do their duty, recognize danger and take action to prevent an explosion before tragedy strikes.
The burn injury lawyers at Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law have inimitable experience and knowledge of the ins and outs of burn injury accident cases, including when an explosion accident is the cause, and offer Bronx accident injury victims the peace of mind of knowing that their case is being handled by aggressive and experienced trial lawyers with a track record of obtaining compensation for burn injury victims across the Bronx and New York City. If we accept your case, you can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned, and that you and your family will have the best chance of obtaining the compensation that you need and deserve so that you can put your lives back together if an explosion causes you to sustain serious burn injuries. We also offer to assist the families of victims of fatal explosion accidents bring claims for wrongful death against those responsible for the loss of their loved one. Contact us today at (718) 354-8000 to learn how our burn injury lawyers can help you get on the road to financial recovery.
Explosions Causing Burn Injuries Due to Dangerous Conditions on Premises
Personal injury lawsuits involving serious premises liability accidents in which explosions result in burn injuries are generally brought under the theory that the owner of the property knew, or should have known, of a serious risk of an explosion but failed to take proper action to prevent an explosion and thus keep others safe. Often, Bronx burn injury accidents involving explosions result from problems with gas leaks within the heating system of a building, which can cause explosion where a spark from an electrical system, static electricity, or contact with an open flame contacts the leaking gas and causes is to explode and injure anyone in the vicinity of the explosion. Landlords in the Bronx, and all across New York City, are obligated to monitor the health and safety of gas heating systems within their premises, and to recognize and fix any problems (such as gas leaks) that can cause a fire or an explosion. Landlords who fail to properly inspect and maintain the gas lines within their buildings can be held liable to pay burn injury victims compensation if an explosion occurs due to their negligence.
Imagine a situation in which a landlord owns an apartment building that features a gas heating system. The landlord does not maintain the building very well, and often allows many years to pass without performing any sort of inspection of the gas heating system. Imagine that an old, rusty gas line in the basement of the building springs a leak, and allows gas vapors to fill up the entire basement with dangerous explosive fumes, which ultimately migrate to the boiler room and make contact with the boiler’s pilot light, causing a massive explosion that sets the building on fire and causes you (a tenant in the building) to sustain severe third-degree burn injuries that prevent you from working for the rest of your life.
Our Bronx burn injury lawyers would immediately gather the investigative reports from the F.D.N.Y. to determine the cause of the leak, and hire fire safety experts to give opinions that the old, rusty, leaky gas pipe was the cause of the explosion. We would depose the landlord and his or her employees who maintained the building, and prove that the proper inspections of the gas system that would have revealed the leak and prevented the explosion were never performed. With this evidence, we would be able to prove all of the necessary elements of your explosion accident personal injury case by demonstrating that the landlord was negligent in maintaining the gas system, that the landlord had constructive notice of the gas leak (i.e. that the landlord should have known about it, and would have discovered it had he bothered to inspect the gas system), thus proving the landlord’s liability for your explosion injuries.
Explosions Causing Burn Injuries in Serious Construction Accidents
Explosions injury accidents that cause serious burn injuries also frequently occur on construction sites throughout the Bronx and elsewhere in New York City. Under Labor Law Section 241(6), owners and general contractors must comply the specific requirements of Rule 23 of the New York Industrial Code and take steps to prevent explosions on construction sites that they own and operate from causing serious burn injuries to workers. Labor Law Section 240 also can serve as a basis for burn injury liability if an explosion is caused by a falling object that strikes something flammable and causes it to explode
For example, imagine a situation in which an ironworker is performing a welding job at a large new skyscraper that is under construction, and uses a gas cylinder full of explosive gas to power his welding torch. Imagine that the ironworker is assigned to perform welding in the basement of the building, and at the time he is performing his work there are others working above him at ground level. Imagine that an employee of the general contractor who is working above the ironworker accidentally drops a piece of rebar from ground level down into the basement, which strikes the gas cylinder and causes it to explode, causing serious burn injuries to the ironworker.
With the skilled Bronx construction accident lawyers of Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law in his corner, the injured ironworker would have several ways to obtain compensation from those responsible for his explosion burn injuries in this case. Pursuant to Rule 23-1.25(a)(1) of the Industrial Code, which requires that gas cylinders on construction sites “shall be so arranged or placed that they will not be knocked over or damaged by passing or falling objects, equipment or materials”, the injured ironworker would be able to hold the owner and general contractor of the job site responsible for his burn injuries in a construction accident lawsuit brought pursuant to Labor Law 241(6). The injured ironworker would also be able to bring a burn injury lawsuit pursuant to Section 240 of the Labor Law under a falling object theory. He could also bring a construction accident lawsuit pursuant to Section 200 of the New York Labor Law against the general contractor, as well as the owner, because the active negligence of an employee of the general contractor caused the explosion that resulted in his serious burn injuries.
Contact Our Team of Burn Injury Lawyers To Obtain The Justice and Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one have been injured in an explosion accident that results in severe burn injuries, contact our team of Bronx accident lawyers today at (718) 354-8000 to learn how you can use New York law to hold those responsible for causing the explosion accountable in court. Whatever the cause of the explosion, our burn injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to prove your case. We offer totally free consultations to explosion injury victims and their families, and also provide victims the peace of mind of knowing that, unless we win your case, we will never charge you one penny of fees or expenses, no matter how long your burn injury lawsuit may take to prosecute. Our bilingual Bronx lawyers are standing by to help you today if you have suffered burn injuries in an explosion accident.