Fires and explosions can cause a wide variety of serious injuries—including burns, smoke inhalation damage, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and more—and often result in extensive property damage as well. If you have been injured in a fire or explosion—or if your home has been damaged or destroyed—it is important to seek medical attention for yourself or your loved ones as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
Fires and explosion can cause a litany of injuries, ranging from minor burns to life-threatening injuries such as smoke inhalation and traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries we see at our firm include:
- Burns: Burns are one of the most common types of injuries caused by fires and explosions. Burn injuries can be classified as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how deep they go into the skin. First-degree burns are typically superficial and cause redness and pain in the affected area. Second-degree burns are more severe, causing pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn injury, affecting all layers of the skin and often causing permanent damage.
- Smoke Inhalation: Smoke inhalation is another serious type of injury that can occur in fires and explosions. When people inhale smoke, they run the risk of damaging their lungs and airways. Symptoms of smoke inhalation include coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and dizziness. In some cases, smoke inhalation can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are also a risk in fires and explosions due to the fact that victims can sustain head injuries when they are hit by falling debris or knocked unconscious by the force of the explosion. TBI symptoms can range from mild (e.g., headaches) to severe (e.g., coma), and may resolve relatively quickly or last for a long time depending on the severity of the injury.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a fire or explosion, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do next. The good news is that you are not alone. SGT’s experienced personal injury lawyers have helped countless clients recover compensation for their injuries and get their lives back on track. We have years of experience handling fire and explosion claims, including those involving severe burn injuries, smoke inhalation damage, wrongful death, and property damage. We understand how overwhelming this time may be for you and your family, which is why we will handle every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. To learn more about how we can help or to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us today at (203) 325-4491 or fill out our online contact form now.