New York City Explosion Accident Lawyers
Explosions are unpredictable and deadly, and when they happen in a densely populated city like New York, the consequences can be extreme.
The aftermath of an explosion can lead to a long road of recovery for victims who have been involved in such accidents. Physical injuries aren’t the only type of injury during explosions; often, people involved in explosions also experience emotional trauma. Explosions can happen suddenly and without warning, disrupting and destroying daily life.
The New York City explosion accident lawyers at the Lipsig Firm are here to help. We make sure you receive the highest compensation possible for your devastating experience. While we can’t return your life to normal, we can make sure you receive the payments for your treatment and care while you recover.
Common Causes of Explosion Accidents
The three types of explosions that commonly occur in cities are chemical explosions, electrical explosions, and mechanical explosions. Explosions often happen for one of the following reasons:
- Improper handling of flammable liquids or gasses
- Machinery malfunction
- Equipment malfunction
- Inadequate airflow
- Defective machinery or defective machinery parts
- Faulty, damaged, or inadequate wiring
- Improper or insufficient cleaning of machinery or equipment; or improper or insufficient cleaning of the storage area where flammable materials are kept, leading to a dust build-up
Injuries from explosions can happen without warning. They may happen on or off a job site. While explosions are nearly impossible to predict, there should be safeguards in place to make all areas less dangerous for those involved. Lipsig Firm lawyers have experience litigating with numerous companies over the causes and aftermath of these explosions, and we’re here to help you during this difficult time.
Types of New York City Explosion Accidents and How They Affect You
Chemical explosions are caused when external pressures form a reaction that results in an explosion. Examples of chemical explosions are:
- Use of TNT
- Use of dynamite
Electrical explosions are caused when metal vaporizes in an arc flash. Examples include:
- Frayed or faulty wiring
- Inadequate electrical installations
- Poorly framed outlets
Mechanical explosions happen when gas builds up inside a space, resulting in unsustainable pressures. Examples of mechanical explosions are:
- Overheated boilers
- Pressure built up inside a sealed container
- Pressure built up in a room or small, contained area
Injuries from explosions can be far-reaching, even if someone is far outside the blast zone. There are four different types of blast injuries based on where the individual was in relation to the blast and what bodily damage the blast caused:
- Primary injuries are caused by being directly within the explosion’s shock wave.
- Secondary injuries are caused by shrapnel and debris from the explosion.
- Tertiary injuries are sustained from being tossed or thrown by the force of the blast.
- Quaternary injuries include all other injuries not caused by one of the preceding causes, including the increase or aggravation of previous conditions that the victim may have.
Types of Injuries Caused by Explosions
- Internal injuries from being close to the blast may not be visible immediately but they should be dealt with at once. Many internal injuries will be concentrated in the victim’s lungs, intestines, or ears.
- Concussions may present in various ways after an explosion, even if there are no visible marks on the head. Individuals near an explosion can receive a concussion from the force of the explosion itself. Any type of injury to the head, spinal cord, and brain is extremely dangerous and needs to be taken seriously. Concussions can take years to recover from and leave lasting or permanent damage.
- Fractures or broken bones from being thrown by the blast or interacting with falling debris are very common during explosions.
- Penetrative injuries may be caused by the force of the blast shooting debris or other objects outward, leading to a dangerous situation for someone in the pathway of such objects.
- Burns of any degree can be incurred during explosions. Any burn (first, second, or third degree) should be promptly attended to by a medical professional.
- Crushing injuries from falling debris as a result of the explosion may cause injuries where a limb or part of a limb is damaged by the weight of something thrown in the blast. These sorts of injuries could result in long-term rehabilitation or amputation.
- Long-term illnesses like asthma, COPD, and other pulmonary issues can be caused by or worsened by an explosion. While these illnesses are not initially fatal, the severity of their extended effects, and the fact that they could compound any previous conditions the victim may have, can lead to thousands of dollars in treatment or a shorter life span.
- Emotional damage or PTSD is possible in the aftermath of an explosion. The emotional stress caused by being involved in a traumatic accident may make life more difficult, whether or not physical injuries are involved. This can include difficulty returning to a work site or struggles with daily living.
Who is Responsible for an Explosion?
The responsible parties for an explosion vary from case to case. If you are a worker injured on the site, your company might be held liable. If you are a bystander involved in an accident, it depends on where the accident occurred and what sort of malfunction happened. The New York City Explosion lawyers at the Lipsig Firm work with a dedicated team to hold accountable those responsible for an explosion. We work diligently to help you or your loved ones recover from the physical or emotional injuries sustained in the accident.
What Do You Do After an Explosion in New York?
After being involved in any explosion, you should immediately seek medical attention, even if you do not have visible wounds. Internal injuries or bleeding can be fatal if not attended to. Even if you do not have life-threatening injuries, the aftermath of the explosion can cause issues and problems down the road if not addressed.
After visiting a hospital, please reach out to the explosion accident attorneys at the Lipsig Firm. No one should have to go through what you’ve been through. As lawyers with over 40 years of experience, we’ve dealt with dozens of explosion accident ligation and we’re ready to help you with your case.
Contact the New York City Explosion Attorneys at Lipsig Firm
Explosions are deadly, costly, and unpredictable. The attorneys at the Lipsig Firm know that dealing with the aftermath of an explosion and the resulting injuries can be traumatic. That’s why we’re here to help move on from this experience.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an explosion accident, you can rely on the lawyers at the Lipsig Firm. We go over every detail of your case — and we don’t accept a dime until we win. Our first consultation is free. Call us at 212-285-3300 or reach out to us online today.