Houston Explosion Accident Attorney
Explosions can lead to devastating injuries for victims, and these incidents occur in a variety of ways in and around the Houston area. Explosion incidents can occur in the workplace, on commercial property, as well as inside of a person’s home. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we are here to help if you or a loved one had been injured in an explosion that was caused by another person’s negligence. Our Houston explosion accident attorneys will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP To Help With Your Case?
After sustaining a serious injury in an explosion incident, seek assistance from a team with vast experience handling these cases. Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP Is ready to help you today.
- We believe in providing personalized attention to every client. We take the time to get to know our clients and the facts of their particular case so we can formulate the best possible strategy moving forward.
- We have a reputation for success and have secured millions in compensation for our injured clients.
- We take Houston explosion accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect legal fees until after we secure compensation through favorable settlements or verdicts.
Will An Attorney Be Beneficial For An Explosion Accident Case?
Explosion injury cases can become incredibly complex, and they often involve injury victims going up against aggressive insurance carriers or well-funded at-fault companies. However, a Houston explosion accident lawyer will have the resources necessary to:
- Conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and obtain all evidence related to the explosion, including video surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, safety records, and more.
- Secure assistance from trusted medical professionals who can fully assess a client’s injuries and help properly calculate total expected losses.
- Negotiate with all parties involved in order to recover all compensation necessary to make a client whole after the explosion incident.
What Are The Most Common Explosion Accident Injuries?
Injuries caused by explosions can be severe and significantly affect a victim’s life. Explosion incidents can cause a wide variety of injuries due to the blast wave as well as secondary injuries caused by debris and fragments in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Initial blast explosions can be particularly damaging to gas-filled structures inside of a person’s body (lungs, middle ear, gastrointestinal tract, etc.). Injuries caused by a primary blast can include:
- Lung injuries (blast lung)
- Abdominal injuries (perforation & hemorrhages)
- Eardrum rupture (TM rupture)
- Globe eye injuries
Secondary explosion injuries caused by flying debris and fragments can include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Traumatic limb amputation
- Severe lacerations
- Puncture wounds or impalement
- Penetrating eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- and more
Fires and explosions can lead to devastating injuries and deaths. Serious burns can require skin grafts, requiring removal of layers of tissue from one part of the body and transplanting the tissue to the burned area. Sometimes painful debridement procedures are required. The most severe burn injuries can cause the victim to lose the use of hands, arms, legs, or feet. Burn injuries can lead to permanent disabilities and a lifetime of medical care. Weeks and months of hospitalization are not uncommon after a serious burn injury.
Victims who sustain explosion injuries are also likely to incur significant emotional and psychological harm. It is not uncommon for explosion accident victims to suffer from long-lasting anxiety, anger, depression, and fear. Explosion accident victims regularly suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the incident and their injuries.
What Causes Explosion Accidents To Occur?
There are many ways that explosions can occur in and around the Houston area. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we have experience handling clients who have been injured due to the following:
- Oil field industry explosions
- Pipeline explosions
- Oil refinery explosions
- Fertilizer plant explosions
- Manufacturing facility explosions
We also want to point out that not all explosions occur in the industrial workplace setting. Many explosion injuries occur on commercial and residential properties. These incidents can also occur due to faulty appliances, mishandling of gas lines, and defective products.
Fires need both a fuel and an ignition source. Either can be created by the negligence of others. Product defects can cause excessive temperatures or the release of a fuel source. Poor work procedures or faulty wiring are also common causes of fires.
Fire Start: Negligent Creation of Ignition Source or Fuel Source
Some common causes of fires and explosions that may be the result of actionable negligence or products liability include: 1) halogen work lights operating at high temperatures, 2) faulty wiring in apartment complexes and other buildings or vehicles; 3) use of unapproved containers at filling stations that can cause static electricity; 4) use of flammable materials when manufacturing pajamas, mattresses, and other household products; 5) improper work procedures; 6) faulty valves, seals, gaskets and hoses that allow the release of combustible gases or vapors; 7) using power washers and other mechanized equipment near dangerous vapors or gases; 8) failure to ventilate and eliminate flammable dust; and 9) failure to properly ground tanker trucks and other tanks or ignoring other static electricity prevention procedures.
Fire Safety: Building Codes, Fire Spread, Escape Routes, and Warning and Suppression Equipment
Negligent disregard of life safety standards and building codes can also form the basis of a lawsuit. For example, if there are improper draft stops in an apartment complex attic, an attic fire can spread rapidly, preventing escape. Similarly, building codes require fire suppression equipment, multiple exits, alarms and other precautions that are sometimes neglected and can lead to needless loss of life and serious injuries.
To learn more about fire and explosion hazards and prevention standards, one useful site is www.nfpa.org.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For These Cases?
There are various types of compensation available to victims of Houston explosion accidents. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our attorneys regularly help clients obtain the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the explosion incident
- Lost wages and benefits if a victim cannot work while they recover
- Any out-of-pocket expenses a victim incurs due to the incident
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or intentional actions
There is no set amount of compensation awarded to victims of explosion accidents. The total amount of compensation awarded in these incidents will depend on the various factors related to their particular case.
How Long Do Victims Have To File Claims For Explosion Cases?
There are various time limits in place for victims of explosion accidents to file claims to recover compensation for their losses. Under Texas law, the statute of limitations for victims to file civil claims against negligent parties is two years from the date an incident occurs. If an injury victim fails to file a claim within this two-year time frame, they will lose the ability to recover compensation for their losses.
For incidents that occur on-the-job, timeframes will be dictated by workers’ compensation laws. An injured worker must report any work injury within 30 days with the incident occurring. If, after reporting the injury, an employer fails to file a claim with the insurance carrier on behalf of the injured worker, then the employee has one year to file a claim with the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Contact An Attorney About Your Houston Explosion Accident Case Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to an explosion that was caused by the negligence of another person, company, or entity, seek legal assistance immediately. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our knowledgeable and experienced team has the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident in order to secure full compensation for your losses. We are not afraid to go up against aggressive insurance carriers or companies responsible for the explosion. When you need a Houston explosion accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by filling our online contact form or by calling our law firm (713) 574-4600.