Did a fire or explosion accident leave you with injuries and medical bills? Did your loved one die because of a fire or explosion on a jobsite or elsewhere? If so, you may be entitled to receive substantial compensation. If your accident occurred in New York, a New York fire or explosion accident lawyer from our team will fight to hold the liable party responsible for their negligence.
We extend to you our offer of a patient, respectful, comprehensive, and free case evaluation today. You do not have to face this alone. We will discuss your case with you, assess your options, and outline the services we provide for clients in your position.
In This Article
- Recovering Damages From Your Fire or Explosion Accident
- How Our Personal Injury Team Will Manage Your Case
- The Statute of Limitations for Fire and Explosion Accidents
- Types of Fire and Explosion Accident Cases We Handle
- Build Your Case By Hiring a Fire and Explosion Accident Lawyer Serving New York Today
Recovering Damages From Your Fire or Explosion Accident
Workers involved in jobsite fires or explosions often have many challenges to overcome, with injuries and medical bills being just the beginning. Individuals hurt in these accidents outside of work often have viable claims, as well. Our legal team will investigate your accident to determine the types of damages you are entitled to pursue based on the losses and expenses you incurred.
Some types of recoverable damages include:
- Lost wages and reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills, including medical support devices
- Physical therapy
- In-home care
- Home alterations
- Diminished quality of life
What sort of injuries did your fire or explosion accident leave you with? Are you suffering and in need of legal assistance? When you discuss your case with a representative from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we’ll explain how we can start building your case right away.
Recovering Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
If your loved one died from injuries sustained in a fire or explosion, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our team will handle your claim related to their death, seeking damages such as:
- Funeral arrangement expenses, including costs to bury or cremate your loved one
- Loss of financial support from your loved one
- Medical debts
- Loss of parental guidance if you are the decedent’s child
- Loss of consortium, the specific damages, recognized by law, that a person suffers when they lose their spouse
You could be entitled to other damages not listed here, which we will mention should we discover other applicable damages while reviewing your case.
For these damages, you will have to pursue a separate claim or civil action referred to as “a wrongful death action.” We will develop and file this claim on your behalf if you decide to work with a lawyer from our team. We will also sue based on wrongful death, if necessary.
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How Our Personal Injury Team Will Manage Your Case
Our legal team does many things for fire and explosion accident victims in New York. If you work with a personal injury lawyer from our team, we will:
Keep You Updated on Your Case
Whether you prefer email, phone, or text message correspondence, a member of our team will answer your questions and provide updates and other information about your case. Our multilingual staff offers assistance in English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada.
Identify and Communicate with Liable Parties
We will determine who is liable in your case and handle all communication with them and their representatives on your behalf.
As part of building your case for you, we will investigate your accident and gather evidence, such as:
- Witness statements
- Photos or videos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Inspection documents
- Accident reports
- Medical reports
- Doctor reports
Should you discover evidence that might support your case, please be sure to inform our legal team. If it strengthens your claim, we will include it in your case file as we work to build the most compelling arguments possible on your behalf. We need to show the insurance company, jury, and other parties that a “preponderance of evidence” shows the accused party is legally liable for your accident and injuries and we will work tirelessly to do so. .
Fight for Your Compensation
As passionate advocates for injured workers and other individuals, our team will determine an appropriate value for your case and fight for your right to recover compensation for damages, including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and impaired quality of life.
Meet You Where You Are
If you are on Long Island or elsewhere in the New York metropolitan area, a member of our legal team will come to you if you cannot make it to our office. We regularly meet with clients in their homes, local hospitals, burn centers, rehabilitation facilities, and other locations throughout New York City and Long Island. We know that if you have suffered a severe injury, things are already quite difficult for you. One of our top priorities is making the legal process as convenient and stress-free for you as we can.
Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Our legal team works on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning our law firm does not charge attorney’s fees unless and until we win you compensation for the accident. You won’t be expected to pay any upfront legal fees, and we will discuss any fees you will pay at the end of your case before we begin.
This allows clients who are financially struggling because of their accident-related injuries to afford our legal services, especially because we take our fees out of the compensation award. So, you never have to pay us a single dollar out of your pocket.
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The Statute of Limitations for Fire and Explosion Accidents
While employees who suffer injuries on the job in New York are eligible to recover compensation, state law prohibits suing one’s own employer for their negligence which caused the injury. This leaves workers’ compensation as the only option for financial recovery for some. For others, a third party is legally responsible, such as a property owner or general contractor.
For eligible workers and others, there is a limited time for victims to file a lawsuit, according to New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214.
Don’t Let the Clock Run Out
When did your fire or explosion accident occur? The time to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering could be running out. Our legal team will review your case to determine the latest possible filing date so you do not miss the deadline. The time limit that applies to your claim will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- The date the injuries occurred
- The date of death in a wrongful death case
- The identity of the liable party
- The age of the victim
- The mental capacity of the victim
Every client’s case deserves careful analysis regarding many issues. More specifically, the issues of workers’ compensation and third-party liability are not always clear on their face and may call for a deep review of every relevant detail.
Similarly, determinations about the applicability of various legal deadlines are also of great importance and must be diligently analyzed. Once those determinations are made, timely and accurate compliance is vital. As just one example, if a government agency contributed to the cause of the accident, the time limit to sue is typically shorter than the deadline for cases against private individuals and entities. You could have only a few weeks or months to file a notice about your injuries and intent to sue if a government employee or agency played a role in your injuries.
For this reason and others, such as the time-sensitive aspects of gathering evidence such as surveillance video and witness statements, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible after the accident. The sooner you reach out to us, the greater the opportunity we will have to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Types of Fire and Explosion Accident Cases We Handle
Due to the number of chemicals, electrical outlets and wires, and flammable materials on a construction site, fires or explosions occur for many reasons. Many of the cases we handle involve workers on construction sites and in other hazardous workplaces. We also represent individuals who were not working when their fire or explosion-related injuries occurred.
Below are some common types of fire and explosion cases we handle:
- Gasoline explosions
- Faulty wiring that leads to a fire or explosion
- Chemical fires
- Furnace explosions
- Construction vehicular fires
- Welding accidents
- Combustible gas fires and explosions
Typical Injuries from Fires and Explosions
A fire or explosion often causes expensive, debilitating, lifelong injuries. The related expenses and losses are significant, but recoverable in many cases. Some of the injuries we see associated with fires and explosions include:
- Lung damage
- Smoke inhalation
- Loss of vision
- Hearing loss
- Emotional distress
Treating Burn Injuries
Serious burn injuries require special care in a trauma center with a dedicated burn unit. This often calls for emergency transport to a hospital in another area, either by ambulance or helicopter. The care for significant burns lasts weeks or months. Some people spend several months undergoing regular procedures to clean, debride, and graft burns. Later, they often need additional surgeries to reduce scarring.
Depending on where on the body the burns occurred and their severity, rehabilitation could include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Some victims suffer lifelong, debilitating injuries that prevent them from returning to their job or working at all.
Burns are among the most painful injuries a person could endure, and the psychological effects are frequently intense, as well. Not only does the individual face significant financial and physical burdens because of their injuries, but they might also require treatment and support for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and other mental and emotional concerns. We understand these issues and we have successfully represented clients who have gone through such challenges. With compassion for you and determination as we oppose the at-fault parties, their insurance carriers, and defense attorneys, it would be our honor to guide you through this process.
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Build Your Case By Hiring a Fire and Explosion Accident Lawyer Serving New York Today
If you were a victim of a fire or explosion accident and are ready to seek legal counsel, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is here for you. Whether you have burns or suffer from disabilities due to your accident, we will fight for your right to recover compensation. Do not wait for the clock to run out.
Call (516) 932-0400 to speak with a member of our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today.