Explosion Burns Lawyer

Your loved one has been injured in an explosion and is being treated for burn injuries. This is a long and painful process. What makes it worse is that a company’s carelessness or intentional disregard for safety caused this tragic blast. Our burn injury lawyers have won multi-million-dollar settlements for people who were severely burned in blasts caused by propane (LP gas) leaks and pipeline breaches, including $10 million for one client who was injured at work.

Helping Clients With Burn Injuries

Our lawyers have helped many victims of burn injuries and their families. In one recent case, our lawyers helped a man and his family after he was injured in an explosion that happened near his home. When our client heard the explosion, he ran and was picked up by a motorist on the roadway. The injuries he suffered were so severe that he had to be put into a medically-induced coma while he recovered. Our lawyers were by his wife and child’s side through this challenging time, and we worked to make sure that they would be taken care of from the day we were hired through the day their multimillion-dollar settlement arrived.

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Burn Classifications

Burns are categorized into three or four classes based on how bad the burns are. Burns from explosions can affect any part of a person’s body. Common areas of the body that are injured by burns include the hands, face, back, and arms.

First Degree Burns

First-degree burn injuries only affect the outer layer of the skin and cause redness, swelling, and discomfort.

Second Degree Burns

Second-degree burn injuries affect the first and second layers of skin. Second-degree burns cause the skin to be red, white, or splotchy, and the skin can blister or appear moist.

Third Degree Burns

Third-degree burn injuries affect both layers of skin, the fat layer below them, and nerves, causing the skin to take on a waxy, leathery, or charred appearance.

Fourth Degree

The fourth-degree burn classification is not always used, but when it is, it refers to the loss of muscle and even bone. In some cases, this injury is so severe that the person loses a limb.

Chemical Burns

People can also suffer from chemical burns from alkalis and acids in the smoke. These chemicals can damage the skin, eyes, larynx, lungs, and other areas. As with thermal burns, these injuries can be fatal. When chemicals are a possible source or contributing factor in an explosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) usually sends a team to investigate. This has been done for the Didion Mill explosion in Cambria, Wisconsin, and the Loy Lange Box Company blast, which was caused by the failure of a pressure vessel, according to CSB.

Complications From Burn Injuries

Complications include infections (sepsis and tetanus), scarring, hypovolemia (blood loss), hypothermia (low body temperature), nerve damage, breathing problems, bone or joint problems, shock, and death. The damage to internal organs, like the lungs, kidneys, heart, pancreas, and brain can be permanent.

Sources of Explosion Burns

Natural Gas

Common causes of gas explosions include faulty manufacturing, poor installations, improper venting, and leaking lines, valves, and hoses. Household appliances powered by natural gas that can explode include:

  • Generators
  • Water heaters
  • Central heating and cooling systems
  • Ranges and stoves
  • Dryers
  • Pool heaters

Propane

Faulty lines and valves on propane storage tanks and smaller tanks used for outdoor grills can cause the tank to explode. So can filling the tank improperly.

Fireworks

Between 10,000 and 12,000 Americans seek emergency room care for injuries from fireworks each year, according to a recent study. Many of these injuries occur to the hand, wrist, fingers, and eyes.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion battery malfunctions in e-cigarettes or vape pens can cause some to explode without warning, resulting in third-degree burns to the hands and face (when in use) and legs (while carried in pants pockets. Electronic cigarettes were not regulated by any government agency until the summer of 2016 when the FDA assumed responsibility and enacted pre-market safety testing.

Lithium-ion batteries found in devices including Fitbit watches, hoverboards, computers, tablets, and smartphones can also explode and cause burn injuries.

Explosion Burns Examples

  • After someone lights a propane burner, an explosion occurs due to a buildup of propane gas.
  • An employee checking equipment turns on/off a pump breaker in an injection pump causing an explosion to occur.
  • Scientists working in a research laboratory suffer chemical burns on their faces, arms, and bodies when there is a sudden explosion.
  • An employee responding to a power outage attempts to reset a breaker when an internal arc happens and causes oil vapors to ignite. The ignition of the oil vapors causes the employee to suffer burns on their hands and face.
  • While using a metal pole to pack mortar inside a chimney, the pole operator makes contact with a high voltage power line causing an explosion. This results in an electrical fire and the user sustaining severe burns to their face and arms.
  • An electrical engineer is installing a metal plate inside a partially de-energized electrical panel. The plate falls causing a short and a flash. The flash causes burns that require a skin graft on the employee’s hand.
  • An air compressor explodes causing an operator’s clothing to catch on fire. The employee sustains second and third-degree burns.
  • A blast occurs while employees are working on a dust collection unit. This results in them receiving first and second degree burns.
  • A can of cooking spray is left on a griddle and blows up, burning nearby employees.
  • An employee of a company sustains burns on their stomach, arms, hands, and face after trying to dispose of a gas drum that still contained gas residue.
  • An exploding battery causes residue from the battery to come into contact with someone’s skin. The person sustains chemical burns on their face and eyes as a result of the battery residue.
  • A controlled burn causes an explosion when the fire come in contact with a container filled with gasoline.