Between April 3, 2010 and September 1, 2011, two people died and 86 people suffered injuries, according to the CPSC. Many of the victims suffered severe burn injuries and half of the victims required hospitalization.
Firepots have been a popular decorative item used both indoors and out, but serious injuries continue to be reported. An explosion can occur when gel fuel is poured into the center well while a flame is still burning. Sometimes it appears that the flame has gone out, however, when you pour more flammable gel into the burning well, you are essentially pouring gasoline on a fire.
To make matters worse, the gel fuel explodes and frequently splatters on the user. It is thick and jelly-like and therefore sticks to skin and clothing. The burning fuel is difficult to extinguish, allowing burns to become more severe.
This step-by-step diagram from the CPSC shows how firepot explosions most likely occur:
Several manufacturers and retailers have stopped selling the firepots, but thousands of people still have them in their homes. Many are unaware of the dangers until a tragic accident happens.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to an exploding firepot, you need to contact an exploding firepot attorney at Carr & Carr Attorneys. Our personal injury attorneys can help you no matter where in the U.S. you live. We regularly work with families who live in states other than Oklahoma and Arkansas. With offices located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as Springdale in Northwest Arkansas, the attorneys at Carr & Carr can help you protect your rights. Additionally, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages if you were off work, and pain and suffering. Email us or call 1-877-392-4878 to speak with a lawyer who can help you determine what legal action you need to take. There is no cost to you for our initial phone call. Additionally, since we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay for our services only if we settle or win your case.