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Family Files Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuits After 4-Year-Old Boy and 62-Year-Old Grandmother are Killed in Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Fire

The Italian family of a 4-year-old boy and his 62-year-old grandmother that died in a flash fire in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber are suing the company that runs the facility where the tragic accident occurred for the two victims' Florida wrongful deaths. The boy, Francesco Martinisi, had cerebral palsy. His family brought him to South Florida so he could undergo treatments at the Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center, which is located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Francesco and his grandmother, Vincenza Pesce, were in the chamber when the flash fire happened. Pesce, who was holding the boy so he would feel safe, died from her injuries a day after the tragic accident. Francesco, who suffered serious burn injuries on more than 90% of his body, died 44 days later at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are used to treat a number of medical conditions. According to investigators, a tube attached to the chamber became dislodged, which caused the flash fire and blast. The medical procedure is not allowed in Italy because of the fire risk. Franceso’s family worked hard to raise $100,000 so he could travel to South Florida to undergo treatment. The family’s Florida wrongful death lawsuits accused the center of negligence. They cited the failure of staff members to exercise the necessary precautions to prevent the fire and blast from happening. They also claim that workers failed to warn patients of the possible explosion and fire risks. The plaintiffs filed their Ft. Lauderdale wrongful death complaints in Broward Circuit Court. They contend that the deaths of the boy and his grandmother could have been prevented. If your loved one died in an accident, there may be multiple grounds for filing a Florida wrongful death case. Medical malpractice, premises liability, and products liability are just some of the reasons a plaintiff might have for suing a negligent party for damages. Related Web Resources: Premises Liability Overview, Justia Products Liability Overview, Justia

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