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Injury Claims: Fires & Explosions

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Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
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Two Injured in WF House Fire

Recently, two people were critically injured in a house fire in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened on the 100 block of north Glencoe Street just before 5:00 a.m. The elderly couple was taken to the burn unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas for treatment. As of Thursday, December 3, 2015, they were listed in critical condition. Although the fire is likely still under investigation, initial reports indicate that the elderly couple was using a stove for warmth.

Winter Heating Injury Statistics

  • In 2011, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home structure fires.
  • Those fires resulted in 400 deaths and 1,520 injuries.
  • Those fires also caused an estimated $893 million in direct property damage.
  • Heating equipment structure fires accounted for 14 percent of all reported home fires.
  • From 2007 to 2011, space heaters accounted for one-third of home-heating fires and four out of five home-heating deaths.
  • During that time frame, 50 percent of all home-heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

Space Heater Safety

With temperatures beginning to dip, many families in Wichita Falls and the surrounding Texoma communities will be turning to space heaters and other types of heating equipment to stay warm. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has tips for families who want to utilize their space heaters safely this season. It’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from your heating devices. The NFPA also recommends having a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters. Always turn portable heaters off before leaving a room or going to bed.

House Fires in Wichita Falls

House fires can be devastating for families. In addition to property damage or a total loss of your home and belongings, burn injuries and smoke inhalation are also common with residential fires. If you think a faulty or defective space heater caused your house fire, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. Defective space heaters, faulty wiring, unsafe machines and exposed wires can all cause house fires, so in-depth investigations are always essential.

At this time, there’s no word on the elderly couple’s current conditions or the extent of their injuries. The whole team at the Altman Legal Group wishes them full and swift recoveries from their injuries.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Fire at Parkway Villa Apartments

On Sunday evening, an apartment fire broke out at the Parkway Villa apartment complex. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. There was reportedly one person inside of the apartment complex at the time of the fire. That man jumped out of a second story window to escape the blaze. Additionally, two firefighters were injured on the scene. An overhang fell onto one of the firefighters and the other one suffered from heat exhaustion.

Parkway Villa Apartment Fire

At this time, very few details have been released about the Parkway Villa fire. We do know that the cause of the fire is still under investigation with local authorities, but already the building is being described as a total loss. Apparently, this eight-apartment structure was the only one to catch fire in the Parkway Villa complex. There’s no word on the condition or extent of injuries involved with the firefighters or the occupant who jumped out of a window.

U.S. Fire Injury and Death Facts

  • Already in 2015, there have been 1,330 home fire fatalities reported across the country.
  • Older adults (65 years and up) represent 28 percent of all house fire fatalities.
  • In the U.S., someone dies in a house fire every three hours.
  • Children make up 15 to 20 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of house fires.

Apartment Fire Injuries

Injuries associated with apartment and other structure fires can range from fairly mild to catastrophic or fatal. Smoke inhalation, respiratory distress and burn injuries are commonly associated with residential fires. Depending upon the severity, victims of burn injuries could be facing lengthy and painful recoveries. From multiple skin grafts and surgical procedures to physical therapy and extended hospital stays, the medical bills can really pile up.

After a House or Apartment Fire in Wichita Falls

If you have been injured in an apartment fire or a house fire, you could be out of work and in the hospital for an extended period of time. The skilled team at the Altman Legal Group has represented more than 100 clients with burn injuries or property loss due to fires.

If you have been injured in an apartment fire or if you have lost a loved one in a house fire, contact the experienced lawyers at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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House Fire in Wichita Falls

Earlier this week, a house fire in Wichita Falls sent a man and his son to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the fire started sometime around 4:00 a.m., on the 500 block of Austin Street. Jerry Roberts Senior, 75 years old, and his son Jerry Roberts Junior, 52 years old, were both in the house at the time of the fire. Although very few details have been released, initial reports indicate that the fire may have started from an electrical short involving an air conditioner.

Two Injured in Austin Street House Fire

The father, Jerry Roberts Senior, reportedly suffered from third degree burns to his hands, feet and second degree burns on other portions of his body. His son also suffered from burns and smoke inhalation. As of Wednesday, Jerry Roberts Junior had been treated and released from United Regional Hospital, and his father was listed in good condition.

Burn Injuries in Wichita Falls House Fires

Recovering from a burn injury can be a lengthy and painful process. Victims are often in the hospital and out of work for extended periods of time. Medical bills will be piling up while a loss of income makes paying even day-to-day bills next to impossible. Even with multiple surgical procedures, skin grafts, physical therapy and other treatments, burn victims might still suffer from long-term pain, disfigurement, scarring, numbness and other issues associated with burn injuries.

Property Damage Associated With House Fires

In addition to painful burn injuries, victims of house fires could be looking at tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage or a total loss of their home. In addition to compensation for medical bills, you may be entitled to the full value of your loss, including property damage. Speaking with an attorney who has fire damage case experience is absolutely critical after a house fire.

What to do After a House Fire

If you have suffered from burn injuries, smoke inhalation or property damage due to a house fire, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at the Altman Legal Group has recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered from burn injuries and property loss due to fires.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes full and swift recoveries for Jerry Roberts Senior and his son, Jerry Roberts Junior.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Residential Fires in Texoma

In the past week, there have been two separate residential fires in the Texoma area. A fire destroyed a home in Burkburnett and an apartment fire in Wichita Falls sent two adults and a baby to the hospital. Since very few details have been released about these fires, investigations are likely still underway.

Burkburnett Home Destroyed

Early Tuesday morning, a fire engulfed a home in Burkburnett. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at about 4:00 a.m. Apparently, two people were inside of the home. Thankfully, first responders were able to get the people out before the roof collapsed. At this time, the house is being considered a ‘total loss.’

Wichita Falls Apartment Fire

Another early morning fire sent three people to the hospital on Tuesday. KFDX News Channel Three also reports that the fire started sometime around 1:00 a.m. at the Lions Court Apartment complex on Thompson Road. A 28-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and a 9-month-old baby were all taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. At least four other units had to be evacuated. First responders said that they were not sure if the three victims were all in the same apartment at the time the fire started. There’s no word on what caused this fire, which is still under investigation.

Residential Fires in Texoma

House and apartment fires in Wichita Falls and the Texoma area can leave victims in the hospital with smoke inhalation and painful burn injuries. In addition to property damage or loss, victims may also have extensive hospitals bills after a fire. Fire damage victims are often displaced after house fires too. Fire investigations are time sensitive, so speaking with a fire damage attorney as soon as possible after a residential fire is a good idea.

When to Call a Fire Damage Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a residential fire in Texoma, you need to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer with fire damage experience as soon as possible. Your lawyer can keep up with investigative developments and be your family’s advocate while you recover from your injuries. Electrical problems, defective water heaters, unsafe machines and exposed wires can all cause house fires, but it takes a specialized investigator to find out what happened. The skilled team at the Altman Legal Group is standing by to answer your questions at 940-761-4000.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Wichita Falls Man Suffers from Electrical Burn at Wal-Mart

Earlier this week, a Wichita Falls man was injured in an electrical fire at the Wal-Mart in Graham. According to KDFX News Channel Three, Christopher Wilbur had to be air lifted to the burn unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after the incident. Apparently, he was working on an electrical panel when he caught fire. He was alone at the time, but witness reports indicate that he was on fire when he ran out of the electrical room.

Wal-Mart Employees Extinguish the Flames

Employees at Wal-Mart were able to extinguish the flames on his body prior to first responders arriving. Very little information has been released about this incident which is surely still under investigation with authorities. Officials did not release any information regarding the extent of his injuries, but he was still listed in critical condition as of Thursday morning. There is also no word on whether or not he was a hired electrical contractor or a regular employee of Wal-Mart.

When to Contact a Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with burn injury case experience as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can obtain all government reports necessary to the case from the Fire Marshall’s Office and other investigative agencies. Especially in cases where burn injuries happen in the workplace, it may be necessary to make a claim against the employer.

Making a Burn Injury Claim

Where large multi-national corporations like Wal-Mart are concerned, you need to have an experienced attorney on your side. If a burn injury could have been prevented, something needs to be done. Was Wilbur properly trained to work on the electrical box? If the electrical box was defective or unsafe, he could have a claim against the manufacturer.

Burn Injury Victims

Whether you were injured in an electrical fire, house fire or suffered from some type of chemical burn, rehabilitation can be lengthy and painful. Multiple surgical procedures may be necessary to graft skin. In many cases, victims are left with long-term disfigurement, numbness and pain.

Burn injury victims need to have dedicated and skilled attorneys on their side. Following up with the investigative efforts of law enforcement agencies will be the first step in determining how something like this could have happened. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Christopher Wilbur a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Fatal Fireworks Explosion in Comanche

Last Thursday, a fireworks malfunction in Comanche killed one person and sent three others to the hospital.

For currently unknown reasons, a trailer holding fireworks exploded unexpectedly. According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth News Channel Five, the incident happened at about 9:00 a.m. The trailer was parked at a baseball field, just west of a high school, when it exploded.

Aerial photographs and news footage shows what’s left of the trailer, and the charred soil next to the baseball field. All Fourth of July activities in Comanche were cancelled after this terrible incident.

Fireworks Explosion Kills One and Injures Three

The explosion took the life of Dr. Russell Reynolds, a local chiropractor and Kiwanis Club member. At least three other people were treated for injuries, and one of them was taken to a burn unit. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, multiple news agencies reported that Dr. Reynolds had some type of certification or licensing for the handling of fireworks.

There’s still no word on the actual cause of this devastating explosion. Very little information has been released about this incident, which is still under investigation with multiple agencies. According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth News, officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the explosion.

Fireworks Injuries by the Numbers

  • In 2012, an estimated 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.
  • 55 percent of those emergency room visits were for injuries to the extremities.
  • 31 percent of those emergency room visits were for injuries to the head.
  • Young people from ages 15 to 24 are at the greatest risk for fireworks injuries.
  • Children under the age of 10 are the second highest at-risk age group.
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

In 2011, of the estimated 17,800 reported fires, there were at least eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civil injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. Although fireworks are a beloved activity for Independence Day and New Year’s celebrations, they’re not without risk.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends leaving fireworks to professionals and avoiding consumer fireworks entirely. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Dr. Russell Reynolds. We also wish speedy and full recoveries for the injured victims.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Oklahoma Fire Kills One Person and Destroys 20 homes

On Sunday, a fire that started as a prescribed burn killed one person and destroyed at least 20 homes in Oklahoma.

The fire started in Logan County, Oklahoma. As of Sunday night, the fire was about four miles long and a mile wide. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 acres were burned by Sunday evening. The recent high temperatures and windy conditions haven’t helped fire fighters either. On Monday morning, the fire was about 75 percent contained. CNN reported that the fire in Logan County was the largest of several fires happening in Oklahoma at the same time.

52 Square Miles Burned

As of Thursday, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services, the fires have burned more than 52 square miles since they started on Sunday. About 42 of those miles happened in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 56-year-old Johnnie Ray Knox of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Thankfully, a little bit of rain is now reducing the fire danger in some areas of Oklahoma. According to KSWO Channel Seven News, many at-risk areas haven’t seen much precipitation at all though.

Statewide Emergency

On Monday, Governor Fallin declared a statewide emergency and issued burn bans for 36 counties in Oklahoma. Fire danger was a real concern in Texas last year with incredibly hot and dry weather. Thankfully, fire fighters were able to quickly contain a fire at Possum Kingdom Lake that burned about 39 acres last year. The 2011 Possum Kingdom fire destroyed more than 150 homes before it could be contained. When temperatures are hot and windy, fires can be difficult for fire fighters to contain.

Fire Danger in North Texas

Unfortunately, Texas and Oklahoma aren’t out of fire danger yet. Wichita Falls is currently at a 41 inch rainfall deficit. A fire in Texoma could be absolutely devastating. The National Weather Service just reported that the Texoma area was the hottest location in America on Monday. Wichita Falls hit 102 degrees, and Altus, Oklahoma hit 107 degrees. Texoma residents are urged to exercise additional caution during outdoor activities. Weather conditions are incredibly dry, hot and windy. If a fire gets started, it might quickly burn out of control. Surviving victims of fire damage can often face extensive rehabilitation and long-term recoveries for smoke inhalation and burn injuries. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Knox.

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We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
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Wichita Falls Apartment Complex Fire

Two separate fires happened on Monday night, displacing 50 people from their homes. One of the fires started before 10:00 p.m. at the High Point Village apartment complex on Professional Drive. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the fire was contained to one apartment, where a resident was said to have been recently evicted. Early investigations indicate that the fire may have started in the living room. There is no word on the cause of the fire, or if it was intentionally started. At least seven other surrounding apartments sustained smoke and fire damage. At this time, officials estimate that substantial damage has been done at that complex. Later that night, a second fire happened at the Econolodge motel.

Red Cross Steps Into Action

The Red Cross swiftly stepped into action at the High Point Village apartment complex and got eight families moved into the Econolodge for the night. Just as the families were getting settled into their temporary lodging rooms, a second fire started, and they had to be evacuated again. Around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, firefighters were on the scene of a three-alarm blaze at the motel. The fire was contained to one room, where two adults and three children were staying for the night. Very little information has been released on the cause of these two fires, or if they were in some way related. KFDX News Channel Three reports that officials are still investigating these fires.

Apartment Fire in Wichita Falls

In August, we covered a news story about a fire that occurred at Woodlands Apartment Complex in Wichita Falls. The three-alarm fire had multiple first responders on the scene. A tinder truck was even brought in from Sheppard Air Force Base to help fight the blaze. At least 12 units of the complex were destroyed in the fire.

What to do After a Fire

Unlike an injury arising from car accident or other type of incident, a residential or apartment fire often leaves displaced families homeless with no possessions and nowhere to go.

Representing Victims And Families
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What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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New Information Surfacing on West, Texas Explosion

Just as the nation was recovering from the shock of the bombing in Boston, a massive explosion claims the lives of at least 14 people in the small town of West, Texas. The blast occurred Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013. The entire community was evacuated. The explosion was said to be felt 50 miles away. Homes, apartments, businesses, a school and even a nursing home were among the structures that were reported to have sustained the greatest amount of damage.

There are at least six local, state and federal investigative authorities working to determine the cause of the fire. The devastating explosion has been described as being the worst American industrial accident to happen in years. The latest reports indicate that at least 14 people were killed. In addition, 200 people were injured and more than 50 homes were destroyed. CBS News reported that many of the deaths were of first responders. There is word that they have discovered where the explosion originated, but they still don’t know what caused the initial fire.

Many questions still remain unanswered about the cause of the explosion at the fertilizer plant. Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have sent in teams to help determine what caused the fire and the explosion. Investigative efforts are likely to continue until a cause can be determined. Initial information has been released about the safety of the plant and its potential risk level prior to the explosion. Serious questions are being asked about whether or not West Fertilizer co. exercised reasonable precautions for the safe handling of dangerous chemicals. The Dallas Morning News reported that West Fertilizer Co. reported having 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia on location.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a $2,300 penalty was issued in 2006 against West Fertilizer Co. for failing to have a risk management plan in place that would meet federal standards. Their ‘worst-case-scenario’ was listed as a 10-minute release of ammonia gas that would not have caused any injuries or deaths. Investigative officials and citizens may be wondering how the actual incident could vary so greatly from their predicted worst possible scenario.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of all of the victims of this terrible explosion. We also wish everybody who has been injured speedy and full recoveries.

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We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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