A Woman and A Horse Killed in Florida Hyperbaric Chamber Blast
A 28-year-old woman and a horse have died following a hyperbaric chamber blast at an equine therapy center in Florida. KESMARC Florida is located in Ocala, Marion County.According to fire rescue officials, the explosion occurred on Friday morning. The woman that died from her injuries is Erica Marshall. She was in charge of running the chamber. A second person, Sorcha Moneley, was taken to the hospital for treatment of her traumatic injuries.
The blast caused the equine rehabilitation facility to partially collapse. Hazmat crews arrived at the blast scene. According to one Marion sheriff detective, the blast happened after the horse, which was in the chamber receiving treatment for a condition, kicked off a protective shield. When it did this, its steel shoe hit the chamber’s side, which caused a spark that immediately started a fire. Because the animal had been in the chamber on multiple occasions in the past, and each time had been uneventful, no one had administered a tranquilizer to him.
There were about 30 horses at the KESMARC this morning. One other horse was also injured.
Surprisingly, today’s incident is not the first deadly Florida hyperbaric chamber accident to happen. In 2009, a 4-year-old boy and his 62-year-old grandmother were killed in a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea accident. The boy, Francesco Martinisi, had been undergoing therapy to treat his cerebral palsy, when a blast at the Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center, caused a tube attached to the chamber to explode, creating a flash fire. Vincenza Pesce had been there to accompany grandson while he underwent treatment.
Their family would go on to file a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic and building owner Ocean Medical Center. The Broward County, Florida wrongful death complaint accused clinic workers of neglecting to take reasonable safety measures that would have protected the victims from the blast. They also claimed negligence over an alleged failure to warn patients about the potential fire risks involved.
If Marshall was employed by KESMARC, then there is a good chance that her family could not sue the facility. However, there may be other liable parties—depending on the specifics of what happened.
Miami Premises Liability and Wrongful Death
If someone you loved was killed in an accident on someone else’s premise, you may have grounds for a Miami wrongful death lawsuit against the property owner if the latter was negligent. If that death occurred because of defective/dangerous product, you may have reason for pursuing a Florida products liability claim against a manufacturer, seller, or distributor.
Each case is different, and our Miami injury law firm can help you determine whether you have a claim you may want to pursue. While pursuing recovery may seem like a daunting task, having an experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer helping you can make the experience a lot easier and manageable as you will have someone handling the process and fighting for your rights. At Trop & Ameen, PA, we know that nothing will make up for your loved one’s death. We may, however, be able to help you hold the responsible party or parties accountable while obtaining you some financial relief.
Woman, horse killed in hyperbaric chamber explosion in Ocala, The Palm Beach Post, February 10, 2012
Family sues over hyperbaric explosion, Sun-Sentinel, July 3, 2009
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