Backyard Bonfire Burn Accident

Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and His Elite Team of Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Backyard Bonfire Burn Victims in Buffalo, New York.

Bonfire BurnOver the years, backyard bonfires and fire pits have become one of America’s favorite pastimes. The camp-like nostalgia may bring back some of your favorite childhood memories. From telling your scariest stories to making s’mores, bonfires offer something for everyone. Bonfires can turn an average social gathering into a magical occasion. However, very few people ever stop to contemplate the risks of being so close to an open flame. While you may have spent countless nights enjoying the extra warmth provided by a fire, the truth is that burn pits pose a significant danger to both public safety and property. Unfortunately, when proper safety precautions are ignored, an innocent night of sitting around a fire with family and friends can rapidly ignite into a tragic nightmare. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number of bonfire-related injuries tripled over a recent six-year period. If you have suffered a burn or worse in a bonfire, although no sum of money can erase your pain and suffering, you may have the right to pursue monetary compensation.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to victims. Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases. Over time, our veteran attorneys have seen the devastating impact that fire-related injuries can have on a victim’s life, ranging from first-degree burns to permanent disfigurement. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested team of backyard bonfire injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York, recognizes the physical and emotional impacts of being severely burned. We aim to help ease the legal burdens that you will face so that you can focus on recovering. Our team is highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will fight to obtain the unsurpassed results for your burn injury and all subsequent damages. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate his clients for their injuries. Call us today for your free consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by calling 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.

How Do Backyard Bonfire Burns Happen?

As reported by NBC News, at least 5,300 victims were treated at emergency rooms for injuries related to backyard fires in a single recent year. Approximately 25% of those victims were under 5 years old. Young children, teenagers, and men are most likely to suffer serious injuries caused by backyard bonfires and firepits.

Often, drinking alcohol plays a fundamental role in outdoor fire accidents. Bonfires add further dangers due to the open nature of the flame. Children and adults can both easily suffer burns by unsafely tending the fire, getting too close to the fire, or even due to blowing or drifting embers. Some of the most severe burns can occur when the victim trips near the fire. Victims can fall onto the hot metallic casing of a fire pit or directly into an open bonfire.

Additionally, large bonfires can create various structural dangers. When outdoor fires get out of control, they can result in structural or brush fires. Therefore, it is crucial to have bonfires in safe locations that are far away from buildings and dry plant life.



Ways To Protect Your Guests From Bonfire-Related Injuries

Before having a bonfire or backyard fire of any kind, it is important to check with the local authorities for current information regarding burn bans, permit requirements, seasonal policies, and daily restrictions. Although most recreational fires are allowed without a permit, it is still your responsibility to obey building codes, site rules, and be conscious of any local bylaws. Applying a little common sense can significantly contribute to bonfire accident prevention. Some helpful backyard bonfire safety tips include:

  1. Monitor the weather and extinguish the fire if it becomes too windy;
  2. Never leave the fire or any guests unattended;
  3. Avoid wearing loose clothing or accessories while attending any bonfire;
  4. If possible, use a spark screen;
  5. Keep young children a minimum of 5 feet away from the fire;
  6. Never burn garbage or damp wood;
  7. Avoid using excessive fire accelerants or hydrocarbon fuels such as aerosols, lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline;
  8. Always have emergency equipment like fire extinguishers, buckets of water, and garden hoses around;
  9. Refrain from extinguishing a fire by burying it because it can insulate hot embers; and
  10. 10. Before leaving the vicinity, thoroughly extinguish the fire with water until it is no longer hot.

Bonfire BurnUnfortunately, even when you exercise extreme caution, injuries can still result. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys will evaluate your backyard bonfire burn injury and discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., honored with a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating, is here to hold careless and negligent individuals liable for all of your damages. You may have a legal right to monetary compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost time from work, diminished earning capacity, permanent disfigurement, and pain and suffering.

The elite attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning our final legal fees are subject to the compensation we obtain for you. Our best of the best team will only seek a fee after your case is settled with the insurance company or after a winning verdict at your trial. We are disciplined, dedicated, and determined to get you the best possible result after your burn injury in Buffalo, New York, throughout New York State, and beyond. Our highly experienced team can be reached 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, at 716-839-3939. Call us today!

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you

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