Possible Defendants in a Workplace Fire Case

Who Is Responsible If You Are Hurt in a Fire At Work?

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Injuries from fires and explosions pose a significant risk to workers in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 149 workers died and many more were injured from workplace fires and explosions in 2013.

If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of a fire at work, it is important to know about your rights and to identify the party, or parties, who could be responsible for paying for your recovery.

Determining the Cause of the Fire Is the First Step

Before you can determine who should be held liable—and who should pay—for your injuries you will need to determine what caused the fire or explosion. Typically, the local fire department will conduct an investigation. In some cases, you may also wish to have a private investigation done in order to determine if the fire was caused by:

  • A failure to comply with the fire code or building code
  • Faulty wiring
  • Improper storage of flammable substances
  • Arson
  • A defective product or machine

In many cases, your employer may be responsible for preventing fires in the workplace. If any part of the local fire code or other applicable law or regulation was violated, your employer may be responsible for your injuries. However, in some cases, others may be legally responsible for your recovery. Depending on the unique circumstances of your injuries, others who may be liable include:

  • A coworker or other person who deliberately started a fire or caused an explosion
  • The maker or distributor of a piece of equipment that malfunctioned
  • Another contractor on your job site or business in your building

In order to recover damages, it is important to pursue a recovery with the proper parties. If you need help identifying those parties or advocating for a fair and just recovery, please start a live chat with us today to schedule an initial consultation.