Explosion & Fire Accidents

Experienced Attorneys Handling Explosion and Fire Cases

Although New York City is in better shape than it was in the early 1980’s (before the city began investing in maintaining its aging infrastructure), most of the current roads, bridges, subways, water mains, sewer systems, school buildings and other public buildings are still more than 50 years old, and contain many critical components that are past their useful life and are highly susceptible to breaks and malfunctions. This is not just a problem limited to New York City though; it is an issue that arises regularly throughout the United States. The age of things underground, such as pipes, cables, wires and more, contribute significantly to the risk of fire and explosion. Construction and renovations can leave electrical wires exposed and can result in an accumulation of toxic and explosive gasses. It is critical that contractors, city employees, and others be extremely cautious when disturbing buried conduits and pipes or wires hidden behind walls or in other foundations. Carelessness can cost many people their lives.

Call the Reputable Lawyers at Proner & Proner for a Free Consultation

At the law firm of Proner & Proner, the attorneys help victims who were injured or who have lost loved ones in explosions or fires. These can be complicated cases partly because evidence of negligence is destroyed by the fire or explosion. However, the firm has the experience and the resources needed to build strong cases for clients no matter the circumstances surrounding their claim. To learn more about how they can help you after a fire, please call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.

Other Causes of Fire and Explosion

A city’s aging utilities are not the only source of explosions and fires. Vehicles can burn after collisions, derailed subways and trains can emit sparks that start fires, and warehouses and storage facilities often hold significant amounts of combustible material. Tools can spark or short out, especially when defects or misuse cause overheating, stored fuel – such as propane or gasoline intended for use in construction equipment – can ignite. When factors like these lead to fires or explosions, many people can be seriously injured or killed.

Consequences of Fires and Explosions

The consequences of a fire or explosion in a city can be significant. Structures can collapse, debris can fall on people below, and people within buildings and vehicles can suffer catastrophic burns. Death is also common. When such outcomes were caused by the negligence of another party, the injured and the families of those killed can seek justice through the legal system by filing an explosion or fire lawsuit.

The Role of Negligence in Fire and Explosion Cases

Lead attorney Mitchell Proner handles fire and explosion cases arising from negligence such as:

  • Failing to have working fire extinguishers and smoke detectors at construction sites, apartment buildings, stores and other places where fire is possible
  • Failing to have a known evacuation plan for employees, residents and other passersby
  • Failing to store or transport flammable liquids in approved containers
  • Failing to locate natural gas pipes before digging

Other examples of fires and explosions caused by negligence include defective pilot lights, cracked gas lines and casings in appliances, as well as flammable consumer goods such as clothing, upholstery and stuffed toys. When circumstances such as these contribute to a fire or explosion, a manufacturer could be held responsible.

Contact a Qualified Attorney After a Fire or Explosion

If you were injured in a fire or explosion, or if a loved one has died as a result of one of these circumstances, it is important to find out more about your rights and legal options. Please call the lawyers at Proner & Proner for a free initial consultation.

Attorney Mitchell Proner serves clients throughout New York State and Connecticut, and he also handles cases throughout the United States.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.