A commercial fire could cause extensive burn injuries as well as expensive property damage. Large industrial related fires can occur because of the negligence or carelessness of an employer, product manufacturer, equipment installer, or coworker. If you or a family member was recently in a commercial fire in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, call the industrial machinery attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. to discuss your legal options. We can help you with a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death case.
Why Call a Lawyer?
Contacting an attorney can give you all the information you need to make a smart choice about your legal recourse. A lawyer can review the facts of your case and give you unbiased counsel as to how to move forward. An insurance company, on the other hand, will recommend whatever it will help its own bottom line. The insurance company may try to deny your injury claim, or delay payment. A lawyer will investigate who or what caused the commercial fire, file your claim against the correct defendant, and advocate for your side of the case during insurance negotiations or an injury trial.
Common Causes of Commercial Fires
Human error is the main cause of deadly commercial fires. Mistakes made during industrial equipment installation, repair, or replacement could lead to faulty wiring and electrical fires. A heat source too close to combustible vapors or flammable materials could cause a fire. Professionals involved in the installation and maintenance of industrial machinery must obey federal standards to ensure the integrity of their systems. Otherwise, common risks can lead to a harmful fire.
- Faulty electrical systems
- Low-quality electrical installations or repairs
- Improper water heater installation
- Poor venting for a boiler or furnace
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
A commercial fire could destroy a building, cause severe burn injuries, and take lives. Although employers may not always be able to prevent large spread fires, oftentimes obeying safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could reduce the number of fire hazards in the workplace. Otherwise, it may be up to equipment installers or repair teams to identify hazards and remove them before a fire starts.
Common Commercial Fire Injuries
When negligence causes a destructive commercial fire, the damages can be significant for all involved. Employees at the scene of the fire could suffer significant burn injuries. Third-degree burns can affect the deeper muscles and cause permanent scarring and disabilities. If the fire causes explosions, workers could suffer traumatic eye, ear, or brain injuries. Traumatic amputation is another risk in a workplace explosion. If an employee survives a commercial fire, he or she could have physical and emotional scars for life. A lawyer can help you fight for fair compensation if you have been in this situation.
File a Personal Injury Claim for Fire Damages
If the employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you could receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover your past and future medical expenses, two-thirds of your lost wages, disability costs, and any wrongful death costs if you lost a loved one. If your Texas employer does not carry insurance, or if you believe the fire occurred because of someone’s negligence, contact an attorney. Workers’ compensation may not be an option, or it might not be the action that could result in the best outcome. A lawyer could help you recover the full costs of the commercial fire through a personal injury lawsuit.
Speak to a Commercial Fire Attorney Today
At the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C, we have enough experience in industrial machinery accident law to know when victims will benefit more from an injury claim than workers’ comp. Our commercial fire accident lawyers can review all your options during a free consultation. If you cannot make it into our local office, one of our attorneys can visit you at your home or the hospital. After a severe fire, financial recovery may be possible with our assistance.