Explosions in New York

firefighters putting out an explosion fire

NYC Personal Injury Attorney

Being burned from an explosion can be devastating. Depending on the severity of your accident, you could be left physically, psychologically and emotionally scarred. Our New York City personal injury lawyers believe that negligent individuals should be held responsible for their actions – especially if their actions hurt another human being.

If you’ve been in a New York explosion that wasn’t your fault, you probably have a lot of questions: How will I pay my medical bills? When can I go back to work? What about missed wages? These are legitimate questions; an attorney from our office can answer them for you. If your injury was the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to money. Damages collected for a personal injury can be used to cover a variety of expenses, including:

  • Missed Wages
  • Medical Expenses
  • Medical Bills
  • Other Expenses

What can our firm do for you?

There are two types of explosions: chemical and physical. If a steam boiler overheated and exploded, this would be considered a physical explosion. A chemical explosion might involve combustible or dangerous gasses, etc. Explosions are usually caused by an ignition source. Some of the most common ignition sources include:

  • Hot surfaces include hot plates, stove tops, radiators, etc. If an explosive atmosphere interacts with a hot surface, the surface could ignite and cause an explosion. Generally speaking, higher surface temperatures and larger heated surfaces increase the risk of an explosion.
  • Flames and hot gasses are another common ignition source – and perhaps the most notorious. Open flames are an extremely prone to causing explosions because they are extremely hot. Even a small flame or relatively insignificant amount of heated gas could cause a dangerous explosion.
  • Mechanically produced sparks are usually the result of friction between two hot surfaces, such as a hammer hitting an anvil or pieces of machinery creating friction as they strike each other. When heated particles become sparks, they become likely ignition sources for nearby explosive materials.
  • Electrical installations may not seem innately dangerous, but can be hazardous under the wrong circumstances – even deadly. Even low voltage electrical circuits are capable of interacting with dangerous chemicals or gasses, causing an accident or explosion.
  • Static electricity is usually harmless, but may be extremely dangerous. Static electricity is the result of friction and, under special circumstances, may ignite volatile explosive substances.
  • Electromagnetic frequencies and ultrasonics may not seem dangerous, but substances located in their radiation field may be susceptible to internal friction. In some cases, electromagnetic frequencies and ultrasonics produce internal temperatures higher than that of lightening.
  • Chemical reactions may not seem like a probable ignition source (after all, they don’t involve friction or flames), but some chemical combinations are deadly. Typically, chemical reactions become potential ignition sources when their reaction creates heat.

New York City Construction Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a gas explosion, you understand the pain, frustration and uncertainty of suffering a personal injury. If you’re worried about missed wages, paying your medical bills or keeping up with other medical expenses, talk to a New York City personal injury attorney from Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., as soon as possible. When you schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney from the firm, we can help you understand you legal rights and the options available to you so that you can make an educated and informed decision about your future.