A car in flames on the side of the road. An explosion at a construction site. A house burning down to the ground. While we occasionally hear about these types of tragic events on the news, most of us never expect to endure such a tragedy during our lifetime.
Unfortunately, these types of accidents are very real. Every year, many people suffer debilitating injuries and lose their lives in fires and explosions. Exposure to toxic and noxious chemicals can cause painful burns as well, and people who suffer chemical burns at work and at home will often experience a lifetime of pain and suffering.
At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, we provide experienced legal representation for victims of burn injuries and explosions. We have been serving residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties since 1976; and together, our attorneys have over 180 years of experience helping accident victims and their families recover just compensation for injuries from traumatic accidents. If you need help, or if you simply have questions and would like more information, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will arrange for you to meet personally with one of our attorneys, and we will make sure you have a clear understanding of your legal rights.
In Your Community. On Your Side.
While you have many options when it comes to choosing your legal representation, we firmly believe that we are the best choice to handle your claim. Here are just some of the reasons why residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties have trusted the attorneys at Rue & Ziffra Law Offices for more than 40 years:
- Our Compassion. We do what we do because we believe in fighting for our clients. We provide caring and compassionate representation, and we get to know our clients personally so that we can seek maximum compensation for their accident-related losses.
- Our Commitment. We handle all cases on contingency, so you pay nothing unless we win. While most of our cases settle, we have a proven trial record and we do not hesitate to take our clients’ cases to court if necessary.
- Our Results. Over the decades, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. This includes numerous multi-million-dollar and six-figure awards.
- Our Team. We take a unique team approach that puts the full weight of our attorneys’ 180-plus years of collective experience on your side.
Our Community Focus. Unlike larger firms with satellite offices in the area, we are local to Volusia and Flagler Counties. We have remained dedicated to serving our local community since we first opened our doors in 1976.
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Common Causes of Fires and Explosions
While fires and explosions occur relatively infrequently, there are numerous hazards that can lead to these dangerous accidents. With our extensive experience in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases, we are able to represent clients who have suffered burns and lost loved ones in all types of serious and fatal accidents.
Commercial Fires and Explosions
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a work-related accident involving a fire or explosion, you potentially have a few different sources of compensation available. When you contact us, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was responsible, and we will work closely with you to identify all available sources of financial compensation. Depending upon the circumstances involved, you may have a claim for one or more of the following:
- Personal injury or wrongful death damages
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Long-term disability benefits
- Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits
Construction Site Fires and Explosions
Burns, fires, and explosions on construction sites can result from a variety of different factors. From toxic chemical exposure to suffering severe burns due to an electrical fire or gas leak, construction workers face a variety of risks. Should these risks become realized, any resultant injuries could entitle them to recover financial compensation.
Dangerous and Defective Products
Dangerous and defective products are to blame for an alarming number of fires and explosions. Electronics and appliances can overheat without warning, vehicle defects can cause dangerous accidents, and various other types of products can cause burns even when being used as intended. Product defect cases involve unique legal issues, and at Rue & Ziffra we have the experience and resources needed to take on the major product manufacturers.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are numerous issues that can cause a fire in the event of a vehicle collision. While many fires are the result of vehicle defects, even a non-defective vehicle can catch fire under the wrong circumstances. Exploding airbags can cause burns and other serious injuries as well, and both drivers and passengers can suffer painful and debilitating injuries.
Residential House Fires
Residential house fires can have numerous potential causes as well. Gas leaks and defective appliances are common culprits, and defective smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can put occupants at risk for severe burn-related injuries.
Toxic Chemical Exposure
Chemical burns are painful injuries that can result from physical contact with a wide range of dangerous substances. Hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, lime, silver nitrate and sulfuric acid are among the most-commonly-used chemicals that can cause burns, and various types of commercial and household products include ingredients that can cause burns as well.
Q: When can you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim for a fire or explosion?
In fire and explosion cases, there are two main legal arguments that victims can use to collect financial compensation. The first, and most common, is what is known as “negligence.” If another person or company was legally at fault in the accident (or, in legal terms, if he or she was “negligent”), you can seek full compensation for all of your financial and non-financial losses resulting from the accident. Examples of negligence include:
- Safety violations on job sites
- Reckless, careless, and distracted driving
- Poor construction (including electrical and wiring errors)
- Manufacturing errors
- Inadequate training of employees and independent contractors
The second is known as “strict liability.” In cases involving defective products, manufacturers and sellers can be held “strictly liable” for injuries sustained as a result of the defect. This means that proof of negligence is not required.
Q: Does insurance cover burns from fires, explosions, and toxic exposure?
Generally speaking, yes. For purposes of seeking insurance coverage, burns are treated largely the same as any other type of traumatic injury. So, if you were burned in a car accident, you may be entitled to personal injury protection (PIP), uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM), or bodily injury liability (BIL) benefits, or some combination thereof.
Burns are also covered by workers’ compensation – and if a commercial property owner or business is liable for your injuries or your loved one’s death, your compensation will most likely come from the one of the company’s insurance carriers.
Q: What types of compensation are available for burns in Florida?
Regardless of whether you have an insurance claim, the types of compensation available for burn injuries are the same as those that are available for other types of injuries. If you have a claim for negligence or strict liability, our attorneys can help you recover:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of society, companionship, consortium, and enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death benefits
Calculating the full cost of traumatic injuries requires a comprehensive assessment of both the financial and non-financial impacts of your injuries or loss. If you choose our firm to represent you, we will work closely with you and our trusted medical and financial experts to make sure we seek the largest possible financial recovery.
Contact Us about Your Burn Injury or Explosion Case
If you would like to speak with an attorney about your legal rights, please contact us to schedule a complimentary initial consultation. You can call (386) 788-7700 to speak with a member of our firm 24/7, or send us a message online and we will be in touch with you shortly.