The statistics show that there are over 15,000 people injured each year from fires and explosions and there are more than 3,000 people that lose their lives as a result. Tim Caress and Caress Law Group have extensive experience in handling cases involving fires and explosions, and we fully understand the complexities and challenges that these cases present.
The statistics also show that 81 percent of fire deaths are due to residential fires and this is also the leading cause of fire injuries. The numbers further show that as many as 23 percent of fire injuries happen when people are trying to get out of a house that has caught on fire. This is because in a structure fire it can be as little as 60 seconds that you have to be able to evacuate safely. There are an estimated 39 percent of injuries that occur while people are trying to put out residential fires or control them.
Fires and explosions can be caused by a variety of factors, including defective products such as electrical systems and appliances, gas leaks, grain and industrial dust, auto accidents, aviation accidents, workplace accidents, and even arson. Regardless of the cause, fires and explosions typically result in catastrophic and life-threatening injuries and burns to those involved.
It is fairly common that there are not fire detectors or fire alarms, or they are not in proper working order when a fire breaks out. Statistics show that approximately 78 percent of the deaths and 60 percent of the fire-related injuries occur due to faulty or non-working fire alarms. Depending upon the specific circumstances, this may be the landlord’s fault.
There are some fires and explosions caused by neighbors or other tenants or their guests that often cause fire to an adjacent property that result in injuries or death.
Fires or explosions can start due to contractor error, such as electrical wiring that is not installed properly or appliances not installed properly. They may be using combustible materials like paint thinner, gasoline and other items in a way that can cause them to explode or start a fire. It is also possible that a blowtorch was used improperly or that welding activity leads to fire.
Defective products can also cause fires and explosions, such as faulty electrical sockets, gas dryers or stoves and other items that cause fires or explosions. The manufacturer, retailer, and/or installer might be responsible for injuries or death caused by their products depending upon the circumstances.
Fires or explosions in a place of business, such as a restaurant, can be catastrophic if the fire breaks out or there is an explosion and it is necessary to exit quickly, but the exits are not clearly marked or there are too many occupants for the size of the space. When a business owner does not follow the law relative to fires or explosion in order to prevent smoke inhalation, injuries and stampeding at exits, they can be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained as a result.