Explosions tend to happen without any warning to the public, causing serious, catastrophic injury to those nearby. Sadly, however, explosions are often preventable.
Have you been injured in an explosion in your home, workplace, or elsewhere? Our Phoenix explosion attorneys want to hear from you! At Cullan & Cullan, we know full well how an explosion can change your life in a split second, and we understand the earth-shattering devastation of its aftermath.
As lawyers who are also doctors, we truly care about putting you on the fast track to recovery. A lawsuit can help you afford the medical care you need, as well as make up for any debts incurred. That’s why we will fight tirelessly to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.
Give our Phoenix firm a call at (602) 900-9483 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Common Explosion and Blast Injuries
Injuries from explosions and blasts are typically classified into one of four categories. Regardless of which of the below injuries you have sustained, it is very important that you seek medical help immediately.
Primary Blast Injuries
These injuries are sustained when the blast wave moves through the body, damaging the ears, lungs, brain, or other organs. They are, therefore, very similar to blunt force trauma.
A few common examples include:
- Blast belly, in which organs in the belly are injured or perforated.
- Blast brain, in which brain tissue is damaged.
- Blast ear, in which the middle ear and eardrum are damaged.
- Blast eye, in which the eye (namely, the globe) is ruptured.
- Blast lung, in which lung tissue is damaged.
Primary blast injuries may not be apparent at first, which means that many people delay getting a diagnosis. Sadly, this also means many people miss their chance to treat a primary blast injury before it is too late. The sooner you visit a doctor, the sooner you can find out if something is wrong and, if needed, get started on treatment.
Secondary Blast Injuries
Almost all blasts set off showers of debris, which may then hit someone in the vicinity and cause a secondary blast injury.
Common examples include but are not limited to:
- Bone fractures
Most injuries sustained in explosions are secondary blast injuries. Treatment often includes surgical intervention. Unfortunately, it is common for these injuries to prove fatal.
Tertiary Blast Injuries
Tertiary blast injuries are sustained when an explosion throws a person as if they were debris. They may also be sustained when a structure collapses onto a person.
Common tertiary blast injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head/brain injuries (e.g. skull fractures)
Treatment will vary depending on the specifics of your injury. A spine injury may require surgery, while a broken bone will need to be set.
Quaternary Blast Injuries
This category includes any blast injury that cannot be classified into those mentioned above.
Some examples include:
- Toxic exposure, such as to radiation
- Environmental exposure injuries
- Burns of the first, second, or third degree
- Injuries from smoke or fumes
- Mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It is not difficult to see how any type of explosion/blast injury can lead to months of medical treatment, permanent disfigurement or scarring, or even long-term psychological conditions.
Explosion Cases We Take On
At Cullan & Cullan, we are prepared to thoroughly investigate a wide spectrum of explosions—from home accidents to industrial accidents, to worksite accidents, and more.
A few of the most common explosion cases we take on include:
- Gas leak explosions
- Gas pipeline explosions
- Propane explosions
- Steam explosions
- Explosions caused by defective products
Who Can You Sue for an Explosion?
Since there is such a wide range of explosions and places where they can occur, the party being sued (the defendant) will vary on a case-by-case basis. For example, a house explosion lawsuit is typically filed against the gas company and sometimes property owner, while a lawsuit over a defective product explosion will be filed against the product manufacturer.
Worksite explosion cases can be particularly complex. They may be handled as third-party lawsuits if someone other than the employer, such as a contractor, is liable. When employers are responsible, these cases must be handled through workers’ compensation insurance—per law, employees cannot generally sue their employers. In some states, there are exceptions for gross negligence.
In a free consultation, our explosion attorneys can help you determine any potential liable parties. Should you decide to move forward, we will work with a team of attorneys and to conduct a thorough investigation of your case to ensure that it is brought against the correct party.
Compensation for Explosion Victims
An explosion lawsuit may result in the recovery of your losses, or damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Missed time from work
- Lost wages, current and future
- Pain and suffering and disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
Trusted Explosion Attorneys Ready to Fight for You
Cullan & Cullan has recovered upwards of $350 million for clients in Phoenix, throughout Arizona, and across the nation. Our decades of legal experience and professional medical knowledge allow us to provide unparalleled legal representation, as well as comprehensive legal counsel, to our clients. When you work with us, we’ll be right there by your side at every step of the way.
Our doctor-lawyers genuinely care about winning our clients the compensation they deserve. For this reason, we offer all our comprehensive legal services on a contingency fee basis—if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us an attorney fee.
To get started with a free case review, contact our Phoenix explosion lawyers online or at (602) 900-9483.