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UPDATE: Bernie Bischoff Injured In Old World Village Electrical Explosion During Oktoberfest In Huntington Beach


Oct 7, 2019

Bernie Bischoff Huntington Beach: Bernie Bischoff, Owner of Old World Restaurant, Injured In Old World Village Electrical Explosion Accident During Oktoberfest Celebration  In Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA (October 7, 2019) – At least 5 people were injured including Bernie Bischoff in an electrical vault explosion accident at the Old World Village during Oktoberfest in Huntington Beach.

Firefighters were called to the Old World Village after the first electrical explosion blew a door off its hinges and knocked several people to the ground. Bernie Bischoff is the owner of the Old World Restaurant and was seriously injured from the electrical fire. 

Firefighters said that Bernie Bischoff sustained third and second degree burns over 38% of his bodily. Two other victims were listed as firefighters. Flames shot into the sky after a fire broke out after the initial electrical vault explosion.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. All of the events scheduled for Sunday’s Oktoberfest were cancelled as the investigation continued. 

Liability In Huntington Beach Electrical Explosions

According to ESFi, “Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires.” Victims of electrical explosions often suffer from a variety of different injuries including: 

  • First, Second, Third Degree burns
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Muscle, nerve, tissue destruction
  • Falling injuries after initial contact
  • PTSD

There are a number of entities that could be held legally responsible for an electrical vault explosion. Electrical companies like PG&E have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner. According to California Civil Code 1714, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” According to the electrical engineering portal, there are a number of causes of electrical explosions including:

  • Carelessness
  • Worn or brok­en conductor insulation
  • Exposed live parts
  • Loose wire connections
  • Improperly maintained switches and circuit break­ers
  • Obstructed disconnect panels
  • Water or liquid near electrical equipment
  • High voltage cables
  • Static electricity
  • Damaged tools and equipment

Victims are often left with very high medical bills. According to NCBI, “The costs of each one per cent burned of TBSA were respectively $US 368, 512, and 284 (per day) for flame, electrical, and scald burns.” It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. A forensic examination of a fire source can reveal a great deal about what may have caused an electrical malfunction/fire. Victims of electrical fires may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After An Electrical Explosion 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Bernie Bischoff and all of those that were injured in the Old World Village during Oktoberfest. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators as they seek to determine what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an electrical explosion? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

UPDATE: Bernie Bischoff Injured In Old World Village Electrical Explosion During Oktoberfest In Huntington Beach

UPDATE: Bernie Bischoff Injured In Old World Village Electrical Explosion During Oktoberfest In Huntington Beach

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