10 Feb 2017 Medina, OH Apartment Explosion: Parents Injured, Their Son, 18, Dies
An 18-year-old man who was bedridden died in a fire after an explosion in a Medina, OH apartment building. His parents suffered severe burns trying to save him.
Firefighters were called to the scene just after 3:15 a.m. on February 9. Medina fire Chief Bob Painter told the Medina Gazette that the building was blown apart and half of it was consumed in flames when crews arrived at the building located at 451 Springbrook Drive. Debris from the walls and ceiling fell onto the young man who was pronounced dead at the scene. His parents were transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland one with burns on 50 percent and 80 percent of their bodies. Four other people were treated at the scene. Officials are still investigating the source of the fire.
Treatment of Burns
Burns are complex trauma injuries that require care in specialized medical settings. Treatment of severe burns can be lengthy and expensive. Depending on the severity and location of the burns, treatment can include breathing assistance, tube feeding, skin grafts, plastic surgery and physical or occupational therapy.
Complications from Burn Injuries
Over time, burns can develop complications including infections such sepsis and tetanus; scarring, blood loss, hypothermia, nerve damage, breathing problems, bone or joint problems, shock and death.
When someone dies due to the negligence of another, a “wrongful death claim” can be filed by family members who are considered “next of kin” including spouses, parents, children and other relatives. The goal of a wrongful death suit is to get justice for families and to make sure they do not needlessly suffer financially. A wrongful death lawsuit is not a criminal prosecution, only state or federal prosecutors can bring criminal charges. The reason for a wrongful death claim is to compensate the heirs of the deceased.
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