Appanoose County, IA (July 4, 2023) – An explosion was reported on Sunday afternoon near Lake Rathbun that left multiple people injured.
According to reports from the Department of Natural Resources, it is believed that a mechanical function on a boat caused the watercraft to explode at around 3:00 p.m. while positioned at the Buck Creek Arm of the lake. The incident left several victims injured.
An ambulance responded to the scene to transport a man and three children to local hospitals for the treatment of burn injuries. A fifth victim, identified as an adult female, was airlifted and flown by air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.
The DNR continues to investigate the incident.
We hope all five victims are able to recover quickly.
Explosion Incidents in Iowa
Every year, thousands of people across the United States are left with injuries as a result of explosions that take place. There are far too many instances where innocent people are harmed as a result of explosions caused by negligence. After suffering injuries as a result of an explosion, you have the ability to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. You must be able to demonstrate that the negligent party is at fault for the damages you suffered.
Once fault is determined, the burden of proof falls on the injured party to establish that negligence caused their injuries. However, proving negligence is not always an easy process. In many cases, insurance companies will go to great lengths in order to avoid liability after a person is injured by an explosion. These self-serving entities are aware that settling an explosion claim comes with financial costs, which can affect their bottom lines. As a result, they often do everything in their power to shift the blame onto the injured party in order to decrease the amount of money they have to pay for damages.
To provide yourself with the best chance of getting justice, it is crucial that you seek help from a dedicated and knowledgeable explosion accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to take control of the investigation process in order to prove that the defendant is at fault for your damages. They will work with experts to prove aspects of your claim, investigate the at-fault party to determine if they have a history of negligence, and build a strong claim against them.
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