Archive for the ‘ Fire and Burn Injury ’ Category

26
Mar

3 Complications Victims Deal with Following a Fire

March 26, 2019

No one ever want to experience a fire and with large house fires seemingly so rare, it’s something most of us never think about. But the truth is, fires are actually quite common and can lead to prolonged complications. And it’s not just house fires that people should be wary of—you can deal with the aftermath of a fire in an apartment, at your work or even inside your car.Complications Victims Deal with Following a Fire

The most unfortunate aspect of a fire is that the majority of the time, they occur due to the negligence of someone else, whether that’s the builder of the home or the landlord of the apartment complex. For many who experience a fire in a rented home or apartment, a landlord can be to blame if they do not follow fire safety measures. It is their job to ensure smoke detectors work properly, fire doors are installed and that all fire exits are kept clear. When negligence is involved, it’s important for victims to contact a fire and burn injury lawyer to get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Following a fire of any sort, victims deal with a difficult aftermath and many complications.

Injuries

No matter where a fire occurs, victims are likely to experience injuries, most commonly burns. Burns can range from surface level to deep and life-threatening, so it’s important for all fire victims to seek medical attention to ensure their burns are treated properly. There are three levels of burns that fire victims will experience:

  • First degree burn: this is a burn that only affects the top layer of the skin. While these can be extremely painful, they are often not life-threatening and heal quite quickly. Medical attention should still be sought out after a fire, but this type of burn can usually be treated at home by the victim.
  • Second degree burn: a second degree burn is a bit more severe as it goes beyond that first layer of your skin. A doctor or hospital will probably advise you to keep your burn bandaged and to care for it properly for a few weeks until it is fully healed. More complicated second degree burns, or second degree burns that span the entire body, will likely need increased medical attention.
  • Third degree burn: the worst kind of burn, a third degree burn not only torches your skin but can reach down to your bones and organs and affect them, too. Rightfully so, these burns are the most damaging and can lead to life-threatening illnesses, nerve damage and even death.

 

Property Damage

A fire leaves victims with damages to their skin and body, but it also leaves lifelong damages to their property. When a fire occurs in the home, it often acts quickly, making it nearly impossible to retrieve personal belongings. If the fire spreads throughout the house, it can leave families homeless or without items that help them sustain their everyday lives. If the fire occurred due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve to be compensated for everything you lost. While personal items and family heirlooms can never be replaced, it’s imperative that you contact a fire and property damage attorney so you can replace the things that are, such as a roof over your head, clothing and everyday necessities. The same is true for those who are displaced from an apartment, unable to attend their place of work or who lose their vehicle due to a fire.

In addition to dealing with the loss, you will likely also be dealing with your insurance company. Often, insurance companies may not offer to cover all of your losses and may try to give you the run around knowing you are in a fragile state. An experienced attorney can help handle this for you so you can focus on getting you and your family into temporary housing or back to life as normal.

Loss of Livelihood

Our homes are the heart of our lives. It is where we retreat to, where we find comfort and where our families go to be together and live day-to-day. When a fire occurs in our homes, it can be a life altering situation that leads to not only the physical detriments and loss of property mentioned above, but also emotional turmoil victims may not expect. Even if you experience a fire at your workplace or in your vehicle, you could end up experiencing emotional trauma and the inability to live your life as normal.

At Stewart & Stewart, we understand how difficult the aftermath of a fire is, no matter where or how it occurred. We want to help our clients get the compensation they need so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible. If you or a loved one experienced a fire due to the negligence of another, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

23
Dec

Risks of a Fire Injury Increase During the Holidays

December 23, 2015

As the holidays approach, you can almost hear the crackle of the Yule log. While warming yourself next to a cozy fireplace is wonderful, it’s important to remember the risks of suffering a fire and burn injury are significantly increased around the holidays.

Whether it’s a faulty strand of lights, or food grease spilling onto a burner while cooking, there are a plethora of causes for the roughly 210 house fires that ignite around the holidays each year. Data indicates issues with wiring and lighting account for roughly 30 percent of all Christmas tree fires.

Some of the other most common contributing factors include:

  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Burning candles
  • Dry Christmas tree
  • Cooking
  • Chimney fires
  • Children playing with Fire

These fires can be quite deadly, as well. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association shows one in every 31 reported Christmas tree fires results in a fatality, as compared to the one death that’s reported for every 144 house fires.

So, what should you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the serious risks that fires can pose? An article from The Times offers several tips to homeowners about what they can do to prevent residential fires during the holiday season.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful the information we’ve provided helps you to have a happy and safe holiday!

1
Jul

Indianapolis Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Fourth of July Safety

July 01, 2015

What would a celebration of our nation’s independence be without a fireworks display? But while fireworks can be extremely fun to watch, the Indianapolis fire and burn injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind you that they are also responsible for a large number of injuries each year.

The National Fire Protection Association says that in 2013, an estimated 11,400 Americans required hospitalization due to injuries involving fireworks. A large number of these individuals had suffered fire or burn injuries.

So what can you do to keep you and your loved ones safe from the risks fireworks pose? The best solution is to leave them to professionals. An article from FOX 59 News gives you details on some of the best places to catch a fireworks display in the greater Indianapolis area.

If you insist on setting off fireworks yourself, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Supervise Children– Never allow children to handle or light fireworks, even sparklers. Adults should also always have others on hand when lighting fireworks so help is available in the event of an accident.
  • Be Prepared– Choose an open and fire hazard-free location to light your display. Also have water and a fire extinguisher on hand to put out any fires that may occur.
  • Avoid Consuming Alcohol– If you plan to light fireworks, be sure not to consume alcohol. It can impair your judgment and increase the chances of an accident.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you and your family safe during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

29
Oct

How to Avoid Fire and Burn Injuries This Halloween

October 29, 2014

Setting up decorations around your home for Halloween can be a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday, but they can also present a serious risk of fire and burn injuries.

Data from the National Fire Protection Association shows that decorations are the first thing to ignite in roughly 920 home fires per year. Those accidents result in approximately six fatalities and 47 injuries annually. Furthermore, more than half of those fires are started because decorations are too close to heat sources. Roughly 40 percent of fires are started by decorations with candles, such as jack-o-lanterns.

So what can you do to keep your loved ones and home safe from fires this Halloween? The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say there are several steps you can take, including:

  • Checking Costumes For Safety– Costumes shouldn’t touch the ground, where they can drag and come into contact with flames or heat sources. Masks and makeup should also be examined to ensure they don’t obstruct vision.
  • Keeping Decorations Away From Heat Sources and Flammable Objects– Items such as cornstalks or crepe paper are highly flammable and should be kept at least 10 feet from flames and heat sources. Jack-o-lanterns and candles should be placed in locations that are at least 10 feet from flammable objects.
  • Using Safe Lighting– Children should carry a glow stick or flashlight when trick-or-treating, rather than candles. Glow sticks are also a safe and spooky alternative to jack-o-lantern candles.
  • Keeping Exits Clear– In the event of a fire, being able to escape will be crucial. Keep exits clear and have an escape plan ready.

We hope these tips help you to have a safe and fun Halloween!

2
Apr

Indianapolis Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Chemical Burn Risks

April 02, 2014

Perhaps the most damaging and difficult burn injuries to treat are those caused by chemicals. A chemical tank explosion at an Indianapolis factory left a total of nine workers seriously injured last week, highlighting the dangers that Chemical Burn Injuries can pose.

Reports from the New York Daily News indicate the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Rolls-Royce Plant 5. Officials explain the team of workers was filling a large tank with nitric acid when a buildup of toxic gases caused the tank to blow. Each of the injured workers was transported to a local trauma center for injuries caused by inhaling the gas and exposure to acids.

The incident leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of suffering a chemical burn. The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain there are several actions that can be taken, including:

  • Keeping Volatile Chemicals Locked Away- Cleaners, solutions, and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of the reach of small children and animals.
  • Following Directions- Using too much of a chemical or mixing chemicals can cause increased risk of injury.
  • Using Safety Equipment- When handling chemicals that can cause burns, an individual should always wear eye and skin protection.
5
Feb

Indiana Burn Injury Lawyers Offer Winter Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

February 05, 2014

According to the American Burn Association, more than 450,000 people per year seek medical treatment for injuries related to a fire or burn. Of those individuals, roughly 40,000 are hospitalized, while another 34,000 become casualties. The Indiana Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out studies have shown that due to increased usage of heating and other fuel sources, the winter months can have an increased chance of such accident occurring.

In an effort to reduce such accidents, a list of safety tips was created by Inman News and included highlights, such as:

  • Supervise Use of Combustibles – Never leave candles, hot ashes in a fireplace, or space heaters running or burning without the presence of an adult.
  • Avoid Extension Cords – While lights and decorations around the holidays may call for electricity from a far-off source, avoid using extension cords if possible. If they must be used though, ensure the cord is appropriate for its location (indoor or outdoor) and is capable of handling the wattage it will be carrying.
  • Be Prepared – Ensure a smoke alarm is present in each room of the home. Also, have an escape route planned for a quick exit from a residence in case of a fire. Having renter’s insurance to cover the expenses associated with a fire and it’s losses can also prove to be crucial.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers understand how devastating fires can be and are hopeful these tips help to keep citizens safe!

3
Jul

Indianapolis Officials Offer Safety Tips to Prevent Injuries Caused by Fireworks

July 03, 2013

July 3, 2013

With Independence Day just around the corner, many Americans are preparing for the holiday by stocking up on fireworks. However, these devices too often result in innocent victims suffering serious Fire and Burn Injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that as many as 200 people per day suffer such injuries in the two weeks prior to and following the Fourth of July holiday.

To help prevent these accidents from occurring, Indianapolis fire officials are offering several safety tips to follow when using fireworks. According to an article from The Indy Channel, Courtney Gordon, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Fire Department stated that each year, a large number of children under the age of 14 years old are injured while playing with fireworks.

For this reason, Gordon stated that children should never be allowed to use or ignite fireworks. Furthermore, fireworks should never be ignited within 50 feet of people or buildings. Also, a hose or bucket of water should be readily available to help extinguish discharged fireworks.

Gordon added that individuals should never attempt to pick up fireworks that fail to ignite.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious risks posed by handling fireworks. That is why the firm is hopeful these tips will help citizens enjoy a fun and safe holiday tomorrow!

27
Mar

Indianapolis Worker Suffers Fire Injuries When Blaze Erupts

March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013

The most common type of Indiana Fire and Burn Injury reported is smoke inhalation. These injuries occur when an individual breathes in too much of the gases released by a fire and cannot receive enough oxygen. While such an injury normally leads to irritated air passageways, serious cases can be deadly.

Recently, smoke inhalation was responsible for leaving an employee of an Indianapolis, Indiana, retail store injured. A story from ABC 6 News explains the incident occurred at the H.H. Gregg warehouse, located on East 96th Street, just after midnight on Sunday.

The employee said he noticed smoke and flames coming from a portion of the warehouse used as storage for clothes dryers and mattresses. Upon further inspection, the worker discovered a fire had erupted and attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. During this time, the heavy smoke in the building overcame the employee.

The worker was pulled to safety by rescue crews and transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment.

Firefighters worked for roughly an hour to put the blaze down.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers associated with fire. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has been hurt in a fire to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

14
Nov

Natural Gas Explosion Rocks Indianapolis Neighborhood

November 14, 2012

Nov. 14, 2012

Two people were killed and seven others were seriously injured as the result of a massive natural gas explosion in an Indianapolis neighborhood this past weekend. According to MSNBC News, the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon in the neighborhood of Richmond Hills, just outside Indianapolis.

Two bodies were pulled from one of the two homes leveled by the explosion that experts believe may have been ignited by a faulty appliance. Another seven people in the neighborhood suffered an Indianapolis Burn Injury as a result of the ensuing fires sparked by the blast. Additionally, dozens of homes were destroyed as a result of the explosions.

The tragedy is a bleak reminder of how dangerous faulty natural gas systems can be. In 2011, five people were killed by a natural gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A year prior to that blast, eight people died and 38 homes were destroyed when a natural gas line ruptured in San Bruno, California.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say there are several ways that you can protect your family from the dangers of a natural gas explosion. One of the best ways is to have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home. It is also important to have a home’s heating system and gas lines inspected by a professional every year.

19
Sep

Fire at Elkhart Chemical Plant Seriously Injures Worker

September 19, 2012

Sept. 19, 2012

A flash fire occurred yesterday at an Elkhart chemical manufacturing plant seriously injuring one employee. According to an article from WSBT News, the fire occurred around 2 p.m. at the facility on All Pro Drive, just north of County Road 6.

Reports indicate the worker was filling a tank with a flammable liquid when, for an unknown reason, the flash fire was sparked. The inferno sent a ball of flames sweeping through the area, but was quickly extinguished by the plant’s foam firefighting system.

The Vice President of Operations for the plant, Steve Wakefield, stated that despite the worker’s protective suit at the time of the incident, the man suffered severe Indianapolis Burn Injuries to his hands and was taken to a local hospital. He remains in serious but stable condition.

Hazmat crews were called into the scene to clean up dangerous fumes and liquids spilled as a result of the fire.

Firefighters stated that the fire was the second blaze in the area started by flammable chemicals within the last four days.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how tragic burn injuries can be, and urge anyone who has suffered such injuries due to the negligence of another to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.