Fire accidents are some of the most devastating types of disasters that can affect a person’s life. They can cause severe personal injuries and property damage that may require costly repair and restoration. In some cases, victims may suffer permanent or life-altering damages such as burn injuries and smoke inhalation injuries.
Fire accidents can occur at home or work. Some are caused by arson, but most are the result of carelessness or negligence. Property owners, occupants, manufacturers, and other people can all be held liable for these incidents.
One of the most common causes of residential fires is electrical issues. These include faulty wiring, appliances or equipment that are not properly maintained or plugged in correctly, and flammable materials that are left near these devices. Often, these problems can be prevented by routinely checking outlets and cords for loose or frayed areas. It is also important to monitor the condition of your home’s walls and ceilings to watch out for any signs of smoke or heat coming from behind them.
Workplace fires can be even more devastating because they are usually the result of a negligent act by employees or contractors. Employees at manufacturing, warehouse and construction jobsites are often tasked with handling hazardous materials and working with equipment that is not properly maintained or updated. The fires that are the result of these hazards can be deadly for anyone who is caught in the path of the flames.
The type of injuries that can be sustained in a fire accident can vary widely, depending on the severity of the fire and the level of oxygen available. Inhalation injuries can be the most serious, resulting in acute lung injury and possibly even fatality. They can be caused by smoke inhalation and toxic fumes, such as carbon monoxide.
Other common injuries are due to contact with hot surfaces or falling debris from the burning building. They can also be due to scalding liquids or exploding chemicals. Injuries can be permanent or disfiguring and can leave victims with debilitating pain, a loss of function, and psychological scars.
There are many ways to prevent a fire accident, but the most effective measures involve proper maintenance, training, and compliance with safety regulations. If you have suffered injuries or property damage from a fire accident, the New York fire accident lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom Hershenhorn, Steigman and Mackauf can help. Call us today for a free consultation. We have obtained record verdicts and settlements for clients who have suffered from severe injuries in a fire or explosion. We are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve for your losses and injuries.