New Jersey Explosion Attorney
In a fraction of a second, an explosion can destroy lives. They occur because something was wrong with the appliance, the tank or the equipment holding explosive materials, or release of excessive pressure. Some explosions are the result of a manufacturing or design defect. Other explosions are the result of defective equipment or improper maintenance.
People injured and burned by explosions may have a legitimate claim for damages against a product manufacturer or subcontracted installer, or the property owner responsible for maintenance.
What Types of Explosion Cases Does Mandelbaum Barrett Handle?
We handle all serious personal injury cases involving major and catastrophic injuries resulting from:
- Air tank explosions
- Appliance explosions
- Boiler explosions
- Chemical explosions
- Furnace and water heater explosions
- Gas grill and propane tank explosions
- Gas leaks in homes or businesses
- Gas tank and fuel line explosions in motor vehicle accidents
- Pipeline explosions
- Plant and refinery explosions
- Power generator and transformer explosions
What Are Some Common Injuries From Explosions?
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) categorizes explosion and blast injuries into four categories.
- Primary injuries – These injuries occur from the direct pressure of the blast. When the pressure of an explosion hits someone at close range, it can cause immediate damage to the lungs, abdomen, eyes, eardrums, and brain.
- Secondary injuries – During an explosion, debris and other materials travel from the blast site at high speeds. Secondary injuries occur when this debris strikes bystanders. Injuries can range from cuts and lacerations to fatal head injuries.
- Tertiary injuries – Bystanders near an explosion site can also be physically thrown by the blast, which can result in severe injuries and blunt trauma injuries, like broken bones or head and back injuries.
- Quaternary injuries – These are all explosion-related injuries not attributed to the first three types. Quaternary injuries include exacerbated conditions, burns, crush injuries, COPD, brain injury and asthma.
The CDC reports that explosion injuries can affect the auditory, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and renal systems. Further, up to 10 % of all explosion survivors suffer significant eye injuries, typically from projectiles. At Mandelbaum Barrett, we work to investigate the cause of the explosion and assist with arrangements for your medical treatment. We will hold the responsible parties accountable and take your case to trial if a fair settlement cannot be achieved.
Who is Liable For My Injuries After an Explosion Accident?
Although some accidents cannot be prevented, negligence often plays a part in unforeseen explosions. These examples demonstrate how negligence can lead to tragedy:
- Careless utility workers
- Defective or faulty equipment and products
- Improper handling of flammable substances
- Improper or inadequate safety training for workers
- Improper supervision of workers
- Unsafe storage of gases, including build-up air pressure
Explosions generally result in serious injury. Survivors of explosions often face lengthy recovery time, disfigurement, and disability. If you or a loved one were injured in an explosion because of someone’s negligent conduct, our attorneys will fight to secure compensation on your behalf.
Liability can fall to several parties. This could be your employer, for failing to maintain a safe and hazard-free workplace, or it could be a product manufacturer that put a defective product on the market. For a successful injury claim, you must prove the company or party had a responsibility to keep you safe and failed in that responsibility.
If you were injured on the job, you do not have to prove liability to collect Workers’ Compensation. Our attorneys provide guidance on the legal action that works in your best interests.
What is my Explosion Case Worth?
On top of physical injury, an explosion injury may affect your livelihood and, if it happens in a residential area, your home and belongings. Nothing can bring back your memories and make you whole again, but legal action is a good place to start. Further, you deserve compensation for your injuries. The personal injury attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett seek financial reimbursement on your behalf for:
- Medical bills and treatments, current and future
- Lost earnings and future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- In cases of wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses
In cases of egregious negligence, the court may award punitive damages. The specific amount of compensation to which you’re entitled will depend on the severity of your injuries and the future outlook on your health. Our legal team analyzes your case and injuries in detail to ensure you are awarded the maximum compensation allowed.
Please call our attorneys today at 973-585-5100.