Explosions are extremely dangerous for individuals caught in the blast or even in the vicinity of a blast. Victims injured by an explosion are often left with severe or possibly fatal injuries. That is why it is important for victims of explosion accidents to seek compensation from the individual or entity responsible for the accident. If you or a family member were seriously injured in an explosion, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia explosion injury lawyer today.
At the Reiff Law Firm, we are committed to fighting for victims that were injured due to the negligence of another person or entity. We understand the burden of continuing with your life after a severe injury, and we are prepared to provide you with the legal representation you deserve. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential claim, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000. You can also contact the firm online.
Common Causes of Explosion Accidents in Philadelphia
Explosion accidents often catastrophic and leave a number of people with severe injuries. If you were the victim of an explosion that caused you to suffer an injury, you should be aware of the circumstances that caused your injury. The following is a list of common causes of explosion accidents.
The majority of car accidents do not result in vehicles exploding. However, the risk of an explosion increases when a car accident occurs with a vehicle that is carrying combustible materials. For example, if a commercial vehicle containing oil or gasoline was involved in an accident, there is a high risk that an explosion could occur.
Car accident explosions are especially dangerous because debris of glass and metal can be propelled at high speeds and strike a number of people in the vicinity. This can leave victims with severe lacerations and possible disfigurement.
Oil and gas refineries contain a number of chemicals that are combustible, and capable of causing a massive explosion. That is why it is essential for the operators of an oil and gas refinery to take every necessary precaution to prevent gas leaks and other issues that can cause an explosion. Unfortunately, some oil and gas companies may act negligently when it comes to operating and maintaining gas lines.
Defective Equipment and Machinery
Defective equipment and machinery can also be the cause of a fire. For example, if an industrial company fails to properly assemble machinery, the machinery could malfunction and start a fire that can lead to an explosion.
There are other common causes of explosion accidents that are not discussed above. To learn more about filing a lawsuit after an explosion accident, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia explosion injury attorney.
Proving Negligence After a Philadelphia Explosion Accident
If you or a family member was severely injured in an explosion accident, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia explosion injury attorney to seek compensation for your injuries. Our firm understands the burden of living with severe explosion-related injuries like burns, loss of hearing, and bone fractures, and we are here for you.
To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit after an explosion accident, you will have to show the responsible party acted negligently. There are multiple elements that must be proven in order to show negligence:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care to the plaintiff (e.g., failed to operate oil and gas refinery responsibly)
- The plaintiff sustained an injury or other losses due to the defendant’s breach
- The plaintiff suffered an injury that is compensable by the court
Once a plaintiff proves all elements, they can be awarded damages for their injuries. It is important to note that a plaintiff must still prove the losses they suffered due to the accident. For example, if a vehicle was destroyed in an explosion, a plaintiff should provide documentation to recover compensation for the loss.
Compensatory damages can be awarded for economic and noneconomic losses. For example, property damage would be considered an economic loss. Alternatively, emotional distress would be considered a noneconomic loss. Other types of economic and noneconomic losses include:
- Medical bills and costs of medical equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages and future loss of wages
- Loss of consortium
Additionally, you should remember that your claim is subject to the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations determines the amount of time that a person has to file a particular type of case with a court of law. If the claim is not filed within a specific timeframe, the plaintiff will be unable to pursue their claim with the court.
Under state law, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit in Philadelphia is two years from the date of the injury. If you are uncertain about when the statute of limitations began to run for your case, you should waste no time in speaking with an experienced attorney.
Contact Our Committed Philadelphia Explosion Injury Lawyer Today
If you were the victim of a serious explosion accident, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia explosion injury attorney. The personal injury attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm possess decades of combined legal experience, and we would be pleased to use this knowledge to represent you. You do not have to fight your injury case alone. Contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 to schedule your free legal consultation. You can also contact the firm online.