En EspaƱol

Hospital Fire in North Carolina Leaves One Patient Dead and Three Staff Members Injured

One person was killed and three employees suffered relatively minor injuries after a fire at a specialty hospital inside Durham Regional Hospital the morning of Nov. 6. According to an ABC11 news report posted on Nov. 6, the fire broke out during the early morning hours on the sixth floor of the hospital near North Roxboro Street and Duke Street.

north Carolina hospital fireThe fire was originally reported as an explosion and was kept under control by the hospital's sprinkler system until firefighters arrived at the scene, the report states. The one person who died was a patient at Select Specialty Hospital that rents space inside the Durham Regional Hospital, according to the news report. Three hospital workers suffered smoke inhalation injuries, which were not serious, the report states. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of the deceased victim, who are grieving this terrible loss," said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "I also wish the injured hospital employees the very best for a quick and complete recovery."

According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Fire Protection Association, an estimated 2,500 fires occur each year in medical facilities resulting in $8.7 million in property loss. The report states that injuries per medical facility fire are our times greater than that of all U.S. fires and that two-thirds of the injuries are from smoke inhalation. The leading cause of fires in medical facilities is cooking, according to the report.

Hospitals and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes are responsible for the safety of their patients, Bisnar said. "If a patient was killed in an incident that was caused by the negligence of a hospital employee or due to poor facility maintenance, then, the victim's family can file a wrongful death claim against the hospital."

Close family members or those who were financially dependent on the victim typically file wrongful death claims, Bisnar said. "Often, for families, these lawsuits are not just about money. They are also about getting justice and holding wrongdoers accountable."

About Bisnar | Chase

The California wrongful death attorneys of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of wrongful death and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of wrongful death accidents.

For more information or for a free consultation, please call 949-203-3814.

Sources: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8874900


Have a question that wasn't answered here?

(800) 561-4887

Was This Page Helpful? Yes | No

See All Ratings And Awards

The BISNAR | CHASE Difference

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Whatever the philosphy of the management is, is going to be carried through by the employees and it’s going to reflect on the experience the clients have.”

    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

    John Bisnar

    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “Corporate greed is a reality in our world and I see it time and time again. Especially, with the auto defect cases we focus on.”

    Brian Chase

    on corporate greed and how it affects the consumer

  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660

local: (949) 203-3814
Get Directions

California Personal Injury Blog

Workers At Long Beach Hotel Allege Wage Theft & Work Violations

Hotel workers at the Long Beach Westin have filed a class action lawsuit against the hotel alleging wage theft and work hour violations. According to a news report in the Long Beach Post, the lawsuit

read article

Lawsuit Says Cars With Keyless Ignitions Should Have Been Recalled

A new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Federal Court alleges that several automakers should have recalled millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because the cars could be a deadly carbon monoxide

read article

CarMax in Hot Water for Selling Dangerous Recalled Vehicles

A new report is showing that CarMax is continuing its practice of selling vehicles that were recalled by automakers for serious safety defects. According to an article on Consumerist.com, the report

read article


Copyright & Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case.

Bisnar Chase serves all of California. In addition, we represent clients in other states through our associations with local law firms. Through the local firm, we will be admitted to practice law in their state, pro hac vice, meaning "for this particular occasion." When in our client's interest, we employ the local law firm (at no additional cost to our client) to assist us with routine court appearances and discovery proceedings to more efficiently pursue our client's cause.

Copyright © 1999- Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys - All rights reserved.
Location: 1301 Dove St. #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660 - Tel: (949) 203-3814

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS ConsultingSLS Consulting