California Explosion Attorney
If you have been a victim of an explosion, call 949-203-3814 immediately for a free case evaluation and to get the compensation you deserve.
Explosions or fires triggered by explosions often result in wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and property damage. Explosions may occur in the workplace, in your vehicle, on a public street or even in the safety of your own home. While medical insurance, homeowners insurance or workers' compensation insurance may cover part or some of your significant losses sustained in an explosion, you may not be fully compensated.
In addition to causing significant pain and suffering, burn injuries can also be extremely costly to treat. Those who have suffered severe burns often need extended hospital stays, multiple surgeries and even skin graft procedures. Even after all these treatments, a burn injury victim may not recover completely. He or she may become disfigured and emotionally traumatized for life.
Steps to Take after an Explosion
If you or a family member has been injured in an explosion, you are probably completely overwhelmed at this time physically, emotionally and financially. There are probably a number of questions going through your mind. How could this have happened to you? What caused the explosion? Who was responsible? How long will it take for you to recover? Will you ever be able to return to work and earn your livelihood? While these are all valid and important questions, there are several steps victims or their families would be well advised to take in the aftermath of such a catastrophic incident.
Get prompt medical attention: If you have suffered severe burn injuries, then you are probably being rushed to an emergency room for immediate treatment. However, if your injuries are not apparent or if you "feel fine" after an explosion, it is still important that you go to the hospital and get thoroughly examined by a doctor. Victims sometimes do not feel their injuries because they are still in shock. Some explosion victims may suffer internal injuries. Others may find that their vision or hearing is affected. You do not want to take chance when it comes to your health and long-term well-being. When you get prompt medical attention, you not only maximize your chances of a full recovery, but you also create a paper trail in your case and a means to document your injuries.
Contact the authorities: In the event of an explosion and fire, you will already have firefighters and paramedics at the scene. Often, arson investigators are also called to the scene to conduct an investigation into what caused the fire or explosion or whether it was intentionally set. It is crucial that your account of the incident gets into the report. Make sure that you talk to investigators and officials at the scene if possible.
Take basic safety steps: For example, do not go into the burned building even if it may be to retrieve an important item. Often, the structural integrity of buildings is compromised after an explosion or fire. It is also important to contact the utility companies so gas and electricity is turned off. This will help prevent further incidents or injuries.
Get in touch with the insurance company: If the explosion involved your home or car, please contact the relevant insurance companies. Often, insurance companies require that reports of any accidents be promptly made. It is also important that you understand your insurance policy so you know what is covered and what is not. If you have lost your home and possessions, you can seek assistance from the American Red Cross (1-800-RED-CROSS or www.redcross.org) or your local Salvation Army or Goodwill Stores. Red Cross often helps victims of fires and explosions find free or low-cost temporary accommodation. These organizations will also be able to connect victims with much-needed resources.
Save all your receipts: It is crucial that you keep track of all the expenses you incurred immediately after such an incident. This could include hotel stay, loss of income, emergency room costs, cost of ambulance transportation, all medical and hospitalization costs, rehabilitation and continuing treatment and care, property damage and cost of rebuilding.
Get the Help You Need
It is also important that you protect your legal rights by contacting an experienced California explosion attorney who will fight for your rights and protect your best interests. It is crucial that you choose the right lawyer who has experience successfully handling cases similar to yours. In these types of cases, there may be several at-fault parties with different levels of involvement and liability. In addition, there may also be other injured parties claiming compensation. A renowned California personal injury law firm will have the knowledge, skill and resources that are required to handle these types of complex cases in order to conduct a thorough investigation and secure maximum compensation for severely injured victims.
If you have been a victim of an explosion, you should call 949-203-3814 immediately for a free case evaluation and to get the compensation you deserve.
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