Cincinnati, Ohio Personal Injury Attorney investigating burn injury cases, industrial fire accidents and filing Ohio explosion lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs

Fires and explosions occur frequently in homes and workplaces, many times through no fault of a homeowner or employee. When fires and explosion accidents take place and serious burn injuries and wrongful deaths result, Ohio explosion lawsuits are likely to be filed.

Burn Injury litigation can take many forms, though most often will target companies who either produce unsafe products or employers who fail to protect their workers.

Ohio explosion lawsuits can recover compensation for victims and plaintiffs who suffer from preventable injuries. Product liability claims and employer negligence lawsuits may follow.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability attorney and workplace injury lawyer reviewing Ohio explosion lawsuits and burn accident for plaintiffs.

Causes of Explosion Accidents

Whether in the home or at work, there may be several combustible products and flammable materials. Consumers and workers may be able to prevent some fires and explosions, however, defective products and inherently dangerous workplaces exist. The following may lead to fires and explosion incidents:

Industrial Plant Explosions

Heavy industries like mining, fracking, manufacturing, construction and others use a variety of chemicals and materials that are combustible and posing a safety hazard. If employers do not properly train workers or provide protective gear to prevent burn injuries, the employer may be held liable following a fire, explosion or burn injury.

Dust explosions can occur in agricultural areas, mills, wood production areas,  or anywhere there are large piles of combustible dust: grains, sawdust, powders, plastics and other materials can be a hazard.

A mixture of combustible dust, confined spaces, oxygen and a source of fire can fuel dangerous workplace dust explosions.

Defective valves and other poorly maintained equipment can lead to fires and explosions. Faulty valve accidents can be catastrophic and industrial explosions are likely to cause injury and employee deaths.

PAM Can Explosions & Kitchen Accidents

Cooking spray accidents have been on the rise in the last few years, as Conagra and other cooking spray makers have released unsafe products that have resulted in kitchen explosions and severe burn injuries.

PAM cooking spray explosions have left several victims hospitalized and scarred for life. Plaintiffs and consumer safety attorneys have filed product liability and Ohio explosion lawsuits, seeking settlements and punitive damages against the negligent manufacturers.

Pressure Cooker Explosions

Multicooker accidents and pressure cooker burn injuries are relatively common. Pressure cooker defects have been reported for many years, and several recalls have been initiated by consumer safety agencies. Still, there are hundreds of pressure cooker accidents each year in the United States.

Kitchen appliances can be extremely hazardous, even when used as intended. Pressure cookers may have defective seals, faulty temperature gauges or made of cheap materials than cannot withstand high heat required to function safely.

Gas Grill Explosions

Gas grills can be either a man’s best friend, or can be a very dangerous item. Defective gas grills have been linked to dozens of burr injuries, home fires and propane explosions.

Gas grill recalls have been initiated for defective products prone to explosion accidents and fire hazards. In December 2019, Bass Pro recalled 3,300 Mr. Steak Gas Grills due to a fire hazard. The fuel line reportedly could come in contact with flames and heat and melt the gauge. At least nine gas grill fires were reported.

Propane tank fires can be quite serious and result in explosion accidents in the home and at the workplace. Many propane explosions involve propane heaters.

Space Heater Explosions

Home heaters are an essential item for many Americans in the winter months, but their safety record indicates a real fire and burn injury hazard. Many space heaters are recalled each year due to fire hazards.

Home heaters can include patio heaters, propane heaters, fan heaters, ceramic heaters, electric and gas heaters. Each space heater model has its own set of safety risks, and can be dangerous if not used properly. Reports of unsafe home heaters should be sent to the CPSC, and any injury reported to an Ohio burn injury lawyer.

Arc Flash Explosions

Arc flash accidents and electrical burn injuries have occurred when workers engage in routine electrical work, including repairing AC units, installing lighting fixtures, changing fuses, and other tasks that may not seem hazardous.

Shutting down, or switching, electrical panels is considered live work and presents an arc flash accident hazard. Testing electrical components is considered live work and presents a shock hazard and an arc flash hazard. Both high-voltage and low-voltage applications can cause an arc flash explosion and subsequent burn injury. Electrical injury and arc flash explosions can be caused by the following:

  • Carelessness
  • Aged, worn or broken panels and insulation
  • Exposed live components
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Improperly maintained switches, fuses & circuit breakers
  • Obstructed panels
  • Water near electrical equipment
  • High-voltage cables
  • Static electricity
  • Poorly maintained equipment

Vape Pen Explosions

Ohio explosion lawsuits have been filed following vaping accidents and vape pen explosion cases. Vaping devices use lithium batteries to power them, and vape pens have been known to overheat and explode, leading to serious injuries to consumers’ mouths and faces.

Vaping accidents are increasing in line with the popularity of vaping, and as unregulated vape products hit the market. Vaping products can be cheap and present major burn injury hazards.

Lithium Battery Explosions

Lithium batteries are in numerous kinds of products we use every day. Almost all new technology uses some kind of lithium battery, and some have been recalled for safety defects.

Battery explosions may be rare, though are a concern for consumers. Batteries can overheat through overuse or can explode if they come into contact with extreme heat or flames.

Ohio Explosion Lawsuits

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing plaintiffs in consumer safety and product liability cases. When a dangerous product on the market causes injury and damages, there are ways to seek compensation.

Burn injury lawsuits can be resolved out of court in large settlements, or can go to a jury trial where the courts have awarded verdicts in favor of inured plaintiffs. The Lyon Firm works diligently with industry experts to build the strongest case possible and to recover rightful compensation for victims nationwide.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Burn Injury lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney who understands the legal complexity of burn injury cases.  If you or someone close to you has been injured in an explosion accident, please contact the Lyon Firm to learn about your legal options.