Fires / Explosions / Electrocutions
Fewer events are more devastating than explosions or fires. Explosions and fires cause severe personal injuries and death, along with the destruction of property. Victims of fires and explosions are often left in excruciating pain and may suffer from permanent scarring or disfigurement that will change the person’s life forever.
Unfortunately, many fires and explosions are caused by dangerous property conditions, defective products, the unsafe use of gas or flammable substances, building code violations or unsafe handling of explosive materials. Fires and explosions can be caused by the actions of many different parties and determining the cause and origin of a fire or explosion can be a difficult task. Highly specialized experts are needed in such cases and significant resources must be devoted to such cases from the outset. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries know what is required to fully investigate and prepare your fire or explosion case to maximize the chances of a favorable recovery.
The property owners or product manufacturers who may be liable for causing a fire or explosion will normally have significant resources at their disposal to defend themselves from such claims. It is critical that you have an experienced team of advocates fighting for you to preserve critical evidence and fully develop all potential avenues of recovery.
Explosions and fires can often seem to be random events that happened to victims who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But through a thorough investigation, the truth will often reveal that someone (or multiple people) was negligent and those actions set the stage for a tragic fire or explosion.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a fire or explosion, it is critical to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to fully investigate your claim and preserve critical evidence.
We live and work around high voltage electrical lines and take for granted the risks associated with electrocution and electrical shock. Contact with electricity can cause severe burns, injuries to internal organs, brain and nerve injuries and cardiac arrest to name a few. Because of the dangerous nature of electricity, safety rules and standards have been established over time to protect consumers and workers from these dangers.
Property owners, construction companies and power companies must comply with industry standards to prevent accidental electrocutions. Similar standards apply to household products and product manufacturers must properly insulate products and provide ground fault protection.
Electrocution cases are complex claims and arise from a vast number of situations. Someone who suffers an electrocution or electrical shock injury from contact with an electrical line or while using a household appliance, power tool or other electrical product, may have a claim to recover for their injuries from the product manufacturer. Similarly when a power company, property owner or construction contractor fails to provide adequate safeguards against exposure to electricity, it may be liable for injuries.