Compensation for the Fire or Explosion Losses
The compensation an injured party is entitled to for your property losses and injuries due to fire or explosion will vary with each case, but may include:
- Property Damage: The property damage resulting from a fire or explosion might include loss of furniture, loss of personal belongings and clothing, structural damage and restoration costs.
- Medical Bills: Costs for medical care following a fire or explosion may include emergency transport, emergency room and hospital stays, doctor's visits, diagnostic tests, physical therapy, surgery and medical supplies.
- Pain and Suffering: The emotional trauma of living through an explosion or fire can be one of life's most devastating events, particularly if you have sustained permanent injuries, have lost a loved one or have lost many of your treasured personal belongings.
- Lost Wages and Impairment of Future Earning Capacity: A fire or explosion can impact your ability to continue to work or to continue in your chosen profession. It is important to assess the impact the fire or explosion has had on your ability to earn wages in the past and into the future.
- Lifestyle Changes and Life Care Needs: Fire- and explosion-caused injuries can cause lifestyle changes, such as the need for a wheelchair. You might have sustained a permanent disfigurement, a brain injury causing cognitive impairment or other physical disabilities. You may need help for a few months, or forever, with performing normal daily activities, like driving to work or cleaning your home.
- Punitive Damages: While punitive damages are not available in every explosion or fire case, there are some notable exceptions, such as when a business owner's gross negligence in blocking two of three exits with inventory prevents patrons from exiting a burning building. A reputable and skilled attorney can help you determine whether punitive damages are available in your case.