On Friday, in the late evening in Bourne, an oxygen tank exploded causing severe scalding to the female resident’s face. First responders were dispatched to her home on Shore Road. The injuries were grave enough to require a MedFlight, however she was ultimately transported to Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital via ambulance.
Oxygen tanks contain oxygen under pressure. Oxygen tanks can be found in private residences to assist in breathing, and in commercial settings. These devices should be handled with care to prevent dropping or falling which can cause catastrophic injury from explosion. An improper collision, bang or blow to the oxygen tank will kindle the oxygen tank triggering an internal combustion resulting in the eruption. Anyone near the oxygen tank at that point is at risk of burns, exposure to toxic vapors, traumatic head injury, and even death from the force and shooting particulates.
Experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, will investigate the circumstances of the explosion causing harm to you or your loved ones. It is important to determine if their was negligence on the part of the manufacture of the device or the company owning the device (such as a hospital); it is important to determine if either company new of the likelihood of an explosion or if the manufacturing influenced the explosion; and it is important to determine if any instruction, or lack thereof, added to the risky scenario.
A personal injury claim would aim to recover compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages to prevent the manufacturer or owner from placing others at risk of harm. If you have suffered harm from a device that you believe was negligently maintained or manufactured please call us today at (617) 367-2900 and tell us your story.