New Jersey Explosion Accident Attorneys
Fighting for burn victims of catastrophic explosions and fires throughout NJ
In a fraction of a second, an explosion can destroy lives. Explosion injuries are among the most horrific because they can injure and maim in multiple ways. Flying debris can pierce your body, crushing and fracturing bones. Fire and heat can cause catastrophic burns and the concussion force of an explosion can result in internal damage to vital organs.
If you were injured in an explosion in New Jersey, talk to an attorney at the personal injury law firm of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. Whether you were injured on the job, in a car accident, on a business or commercial property, or at home by a defective appliance or consumer product, you can rely on our experienced and knowledgeable NJ injury lawyers to help you recover full and fair monetary damages.
We are recognized as one of New Jersey’s most prominent names in personal injury litigation, with a record of recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Why do explosions happen?
Explosions are typically not a natural disaster. They occur because something was wrong with the appliance, the tank or the equipment holding explosive materials, or release of excessive pressure. Some explosions are the result of a manufacturing or design defect. Other explosions may be the result of improper equipment installation or improper maintenance.
People injured and burned by explosions may have a legitimate claim for damages against a product manufacturer or subcontracted installer, or the property owner responsible for proper maintenance. Explosion injury claims may even be filed as a manufacturer negligence or premises liability case.
What types of explosion cases does your NJ law firm handle?
We handle all serious personal injury cases involving major and catastrophic injuries resulting from:
- Air tank explosions
- Appliance explosions
- Boiler explosions
- Chemical explosions
- Furnace and water heater explosions
- Gas grill and propane tank explosions
- Gas leaks in homes or businesses
- Gas tank and fuel line explosions in motor vehicle accidents
- Pipeline explosions
- Plant and refinery explosions
- Power generator and transformer explosions
Because they typically involve fire and toxic gases, injuries from explosions tend to be severe and sometimes fatal.
What are some common injuries from explosions?
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) categorizes explosion and blast injuries into four categories.
- Primary injuries. These injuries occur from the direct pressure of the blast. When the pressure of an explosion hits someone at close range, it can cause immediate damage to the lungs, abdomen, eyes, eardrums, and brain.
- Secondary injuries. During an explosion, debris and other materials are flung from the blast site at high speeds. Secondary injuries occur when this debris strikes bystanders. Injuries can range from cuts and lacerations up to fatal head injuries.
- Tertiary injuries. Bystanders near an explosion site can also be physically thrown by the blast, which can result in severe injuries and blunt trauma injuries, like broken bones or head and back injuries.
- Quaternary injuries. These are all explosion-related injuries not attributed to the first three types. Quaternary injuries include exacerbated conditions, burns, crush injuries, angina, COPD, brain injury and asthma.
The CDC reports that explosion injuries can affect the auditory, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and renal systems. Further, up to 10 percent of all explosion survivors suffer significant eye injuries, typically from projectiles. At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, we work to determine the exact cause of your injury and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Who is liable for my injuries after a New Jersey explosion accident?
Although it is true that sometimes accidents are unpreventable, we often find that negligence plays a part in explosion accidents. A few examples of how negligence can lead to tragedy include:
- Careless utility workers
- Defective or faulty equipment and products
- Improper handling of flammable substances
- Improper or inadequate safety training for workers
- Improper supervision of workers
- Unsafe storage of gases, including built-up air pressure
Explosions generally result in serious injury. Survivors of explosions often face lengthy recovery time, disfigurement, and disability. If you or a loved one were injured in an explosion because of someone’s negligent actions, our attorneys will fight to secure compensation on your behalf.
Liability can fall to several parties. This could be your employer, for failing to maintain a safe and hazard-free workplace. Or, it could be a product manufacturer that put a defective product on the market. For a successful injury claim, you must prove the company or party had a responsibility to keep you safe and failed in that responsibility.
If you were injured on the job, you do not have to prove liability in order to collect workers’ compensation. However, workers’ comp does not provide for things like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life. Our New Jersey attorneys provide guidance on the legal action that works in your best interests.
What is my explosion case worth?
On top of physical injury, an explosion can cost you your livelihood and, if it happens in a residential area, your entire home and belongings. Nothing can bring back your memories and make you whole again, but legal action is a good place to start. Bringing negligent parties to justice can prevent further reckless behavior in the future. Further, you deserve compensation for your injuries. The New Jersey attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP seek financial reimbursement on your behalf for:
- Medical bills and treatments, current and future
- Lost earnings and future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- In cases of wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses
In cases of egregious negligence, the court may award punitive damages. The specific amount of compensation to which you’re entitled will depend on the severity of your injuries and the future outlook on your health. Our legal team analyzes your case and injuries in detail to ensure you are awarded the maximum compensation allowed.
Dedicated central NJ explosion injury attorneys
Explosions often occur due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, causing severe injuries and property damage. If this happened to you, or if you lost a loved one in an explosion or fire, the injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are here to help. From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, we are available to represent you in a personal injury or wrongful death litigation matters. Call our experienced NJ personal injury lawyers at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to request a free consultation.