When you or a loved one have experienced the effects of an explosion you have gone through a traumatic event. An explosion can have serious and long-term consequences on the lives of those who were affected. The sad truth about most explosions is that they could have usually been prevented. When an explosion happens, it is usually the result of a long process that has played out over the course of months or even years. An explosion normally occurs because of a breakdown somewhere in a system. These systems, of course, are most often designed and maintained by other people.
Regardless of the exact cause of the explosion, holding negligent parties accountable is key to achieving the maximum possible recovery for victims. Without a finding of negligence, victims can be left with extremely high medical bills and insufficient treatment for the physical and mental anguish caused by the blast. Not surprisingly, potential defendants normally try to avoid liability when they can. Thus, it is important to have an experienced and tenacious attorney who can uncover the true facts of the incident.
Here at Burg Simpson, our national explosion accident lawyers believe in always holding negligent actors fully accountable for their actions. We will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Negligence and its Role in Explosion Cases
The legal concept of negligence arises when a person is injured in a number of ways, whether it be in a car accident, a slip and fall at a local business, or an explosion. In order to hold another person responsible for your injuries, you must show that they were somehow negligent in causing the event to occur. Negligence is usually referred to as an ordinary standard of care. Under the law, the question is what a reasonable person would have done under the same or similar circumstances.
The standard of care can be violated either through action or inaction. This means that taking a harmful action can be negligent, just like taking no action in certain situations can also amount to negligence. In order for inaction to be considered negligence, it must be shown that a reasonable person would have done something in that particular situation.
Negligence plays a major role in explosion causes. The first step in determining whether a victim has a case is deciding if someone was negligent. Negligence can come from many potential sources in an explosion claim, including:
- Building owners
- Oil and gas companies
- Local and state municipal and government authorities
- Construction contractors
- Architects and engineers
- Employees and managers
Investigating the Cause of an Explosion
Once it appears as though one or more individuals or entities may be potentially negligent, a full investigation must take place. In the case of an explosion injury, the investigation can quickly turn complex. Explosions happen because of a scientifically technical process. Uncovering this evidence is not always simple.
Looking into the cause of an explosion usually requires the help of an expert witness. Experts are people who have knowledge of a certain area beyond that of the general public. In explosion cases, experts such as chemists, engineers, and building designers may be needed in order to fully explore the cause of the explosion.
Your explosion accident attorney will likely work with one or more experts in order to investigate the explosion. As a result of the investigation, it may quickly become evident why it occurred and what could have been done to prevent it from happening. The investigation is often the most important part of the case when it comes to proving negligence.
Reviewing Available Documents
An explosion investigation generally results in a substantial number of documents and records. In addition to your attorney’s investigation, federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will normally be called on to investigate the blast. These agencies perform work over a long period of time and, as a result, generate numerous documents regarding the case.
Your attorney will review all of the available information in order to piece together exactly how the explosion occurred. The benefit of this information is that it allows your lawyer to focus their work on a particular cause or a particular person in order to determine how your case should be handled.
How a Lawyer Can Assist
Explosion accident litigation is very complex and time-consuming. Most victims of explosions just want to be compensated for their injuries. However, the road to compensation can be long and filled with traps for unwary victims. It is easy to become quickly overwhelmed with your situation in the aftermath of a blast.
The law applies to all potential litigants in an explosion accident case. Victims who lack counsel or who do not have the benefit of experienced counsel are likely to end up with poor results. Having an attorney who knows the law and knows the proper way to obtain evidence to help your case is crucial. Your future may depend on the outcome of your claim. You must have the right tools to hold the proper parties fully accountable for their actions.
Hire a Nationwide Explosion Accident Lawyer
At Burg Simpson, our nationwide explosion accident attorneys are standing by to help you at any time. We know that the blast has affected you in unimaginable ways. We understand the struggle that you are going through. At the same time, we strongly believe that all negligent parties should bear full responsibility for their actions. This includes making sure that no stone is unturned and that the full facts of the explosion are uncovered.
Our firm has helped hundreds of clients. We have recovered more than $2 billion for injured victims nationwide. When you need a tough and aggressive law firm, you can count on us to deliver the best results. We provide free consultations and case evaluations for all potential and prospective clients. To schedule your time to speak with one of our attorneys, please reach out to us using our online intake form or give us a call at (866) 696-1726.