The accident attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices in Chicago help victims of fires and explosions recover compensation for their losses. Our experience, access to top investigators and experts, and attention to detail have helped us recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured victims.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a fire or explosion in Illinois, call the accident attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin for a free case evaluation. 312-236-4146.
A variety of factors can contribute to fires and explosions. While open flame and arson are some of the top reason fire and explosion accident happen, other factors include but are not limited to:
While some fire and explosion injuries are mild or moderate, severe, permanently disabling, and even fatal injuries are often caused by fires and explosions as well. In many cases, victims endure significant pain and suffering for the rest of their lives. They often require lifelong medical treatment, face multiple bouts of reconstructive surgery or other operations, need special equipment to help them breathe, and are dependent on expensive prescription medications.
Some of the most common types of fire and explosion injuries include:
Serious burns are the number one type of injury our attorneys see when handling fire & explosion accident cases. Burn injuries vary in severity, and although some burns heal in a fairly short amount of time, many victims never fully recover. Treatment can include skin grafts, debridement, infection control, pain management, and in severe cases, amputation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The blast of an explosion or falling/flying debris can cause traumatic brain injuries that result in physical or cognitive disability. While surgical procedures, therapy, and medications may help improve the victim’s symptoms, oftentimes, blast injuries to the brain are permanent.
Smoke inhalation and the inhalation of hazardous fumes can cause severe, permanent lung damage. Victims often require special equipment to help them breathe, expensive prescription medications, and outpatient breathing treatments.
Significant hearing loss is common among explosion victims. Impairment may be mild, moderate, or severe. In addition to hearing loss, explosion victims with ear injuries often suffer from tinnitus, dizziness, balance problems, and pain.
Other types of explosion and fire injuries include:
Liability for your fire and explosion injuries depends on a variety of factors. If you were working when the accident occurred, you may be able to recover a portion of your lost wages and money for medical expenses by filing a workers’ compensation claim against your employer’s insurer.
If a defective product, faulty equipment, or mislabeled chemical caused the fire or blast, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a claim or lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Other entities that may be liable include business owners, maintenance companies, cleaning companies, property owners or managers, or negligent contractors.