Burns are some of the most devastating and painful injuries to recover from. The physical and emotional scars left behind can completely upend your life. These accidents can also cause irreversible and widespread damage to personal property, adding insult to injury.
If you or a loved one have been victimized by a fire or explosion in the New York City area, you may be entitled to compensation. Although you may want to go through it alone in hopes of securing a larger settlement, it will likely be best to hire a quality attorney to represent you. Shulman & Hill’s expert fire and explosion lawyers can be a huge help. Our team of lawyers has a vast wealth of experience that allows them to easily navigate the legal world for you while you rest and recover.
After a Fires and Explosions Injury
Did you or a loved one suffer an injury during a fire or explosion? These events can cause serious physical injuries such as burns and disfigurement, but they can also cause psychological damages. The age-old adage “accidents happen” is hard to stomach when you have been injured in such a dangerous event. This is why you may want to address the parties involved to determine liability.
At Shulman & Hill, a New York City fire and explosion attorney will be able to walk you through every step of the legal process to help you pursue any compensation you may be entitled to. When you do not have to worry about money or legal matters, you can spend more time focusing on rest and healing.
Shulman & Hill specializes in assisting people who are having trouble getting compensation. Whether you were injured while at work or elsewhere, we can help you too. Our impressive track record has helped us establish a name for ourselves in New York City. You can trust us to represent you and your needs to the best of our abilities.
What Can Cause an Explosion
There are plenty of ways that an explosion can occur. However, these causes are usually due to human error or negligence rather than chance. Most explosions happen in workplaces—typically in the oil, gas, mining, and construction industries. Any company that handles chemicals is also at risk. This is especially true if said company does not follow fire safety guidelines.
If you are not sure if your accident qualifies, below are a few of the most common causes of explosions:
- OSHA violations
- Not storing chemicals properly
- Unsafe working conditions
- Malfunctioning machinery, appliances, or equipment
- Staff not being trained to handle flammable material
- Improperly installed equipment or appliances
- Construction on gas mains
- Automobile explosions after a collision
Why You Should Seek Compensation
Victims of a fire or explosion often need long-lasting medical care. That may include reconstructive surgery or physical rehabilitation—which can be quite expensive. You should attempt to seek compensation to take that burden off of yourself.
Most people believe it is expensive to hire a personal injury attorney. With us, this is hardly the case. In fact, At Shulman & Hill, we never ask for money unless we win. Be sure to contact us for a free consultation if you were the victim of a fire and explosion accident.
How to Protect Yourself During an Emergency
Many people are never taught what to do in the event of an explosion. If you know how to safely handle the situation, you will better protect yourself and others. However, your workplace should always be making changes that allow them to better implement protective measures.
It is always best to shelter as soon as an explosion occurs, as falling debris will come soon after. When the debris has stopped falling, you will need to exit the building. Make sure you leave quickly and do not use the elevators. Once outside, get as far away from the building as possible. Another explosion could follow or, if the building is damaged, parts of it might collapse.
If you are trapped inside, you will need to stay calm. Cover your face with a piece of fabric. Doing so protects your lungs from the harsh smoke in the air. You will need to find something loud to bang or tap on so that a rescue team can find you. It is best if you do not yell, as this could cause dust, smoke, and other harmful debris to enter your airways.
In the event of a fire, you will need to get outside as quickly as possible. Before opening any doors in the building, hold the back of your hand up to the doorknob. If it is warm, there is fire and smoke on the other side. In this case, you will need to find another way out. If you have to exit through smoke, you will want to crawl out (smoke rises). Shutting doors as you leave also prevents the spread of fire.
If you are trapped, shut the door and try to block the bottom to prevent smoke from coming in. Open a window to let air in and wave a piece of fabric out of it to signal for help.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Our fire and explosion law firm in New York City is made up of attorneys who have represented plenty of other individuals. We have acted in personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, and a wide array of other cases. Because of this, we know we have the experience to represent you after an accident involving a fire or explosion.
We have worked on cases involving natural gas explosions, propane, combustible dust, and other chemicals. No matter what caused the accident, a lawyer will be able to skillfully assess your case and how to proceed forward.
In short, you can be confident that our team can advocate for you. After an accident, you likely do not want to focus on legal matters. This is where we come in. If you or someone you know was the victim of a fire and explosion accident in New York City, contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.