Explosion and Fires
Explosions and fires can happen at home, at work, construction sites, or on the road. These disasters can have many causes, including gas leaks, fuel leaks, cigarettes, chimneys, wood stoves, arson and defective equipment. Gas is one of the most frequent causes of explosions because it is so commonly used for the home. Those who use propane gases are more likely to suffer severe injuries and burns in explosions compared to those who use natural gas.
When an explosion or fire occurs, the consequences are unfortunately tragic and often deadly. About 2.4 million burn injuries are reported in the United States every year, and of these injuries 75,000 are serious enough to require hospitalization. Between 8,000 to 12,000 burn victims die from their injuries, and an estimated 1 million will suffer serious disabilities as a result of an explosion or fire.
If you are at the scene of a fire or explosion, the first thing you need to do is seek prompt medical attention for yourself and everyone involved. Some injuries such as smoke inhalation may not be obvious but can cause harm later, especially if there are toxic chemicals or gases present. It is also important not to re-enter the premises, as there may be structural damage or chemical contamination that makes it unsafe for you to go back inside. You should only try to re-enter the property if the fire department and investigating team confirm that the premises are safe.
After an explosion or fire, dealing with one’s physical injuries and property loss is very difficult and highly stressful. Many questions arise during this time: What caused the accident? Whose fault was it? What do I do now? Will my insurance cover my damages and medical bills? These questions are very difficult to answer on one’s own. For this reason, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of your options and help represent you.
The Wolfe Law Firm has successfully represented hundreds of victims throughout North Central West Virginia who have suffered injuries and property damage from explosions and fires. For more than 20 years, West Virginia explosion and fire injury attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe has helped hundreds of clients in Harrison County, Randolph County, Lewis County, Barbour County and throughout the state seek justice and get the compensation they deserve. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we understand the physical and emotional impact that injuries can have on you and your family, and the financial hardship that often results from damaged property, expensive hospital bills and significant time away from work. Contact the Wolfe Law Firm to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. If we take your case, we will represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless you get compensated for your injuries.
If you need legal assistance regarding an explosion and fire injury claim, contact the Wolfe Law Firm today by calling toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with an experienced West Virginia explosion and fire injury lawyer.