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05/26

Police Officer Injured by Exploding Barrel

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

Information has recently been released about a Metro Police officer who was seriously burned by an exploding barrel in Sandy Valley. Around 5 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Woods Ave to investigate reports of a burglary. Officers spoke with the homeowners who found the burning garbage can. They stated it did not belong to them. While the barrel was burning, a large flash of flame erupted and seriously burned Officer Jeffrey Snook’s face, neck and hands.

Snook, 46, was taken to University Medical Center by helicopter. It has been reported that his injuries are not life-threatening. Snook has been with the Metro Police since January 2000 and is currently assigned to the Community Policing Division, Enterprise Area Command.

Investigators have determined that the barrel that was on fire and exploded contained plastic containers and aerosol cans. Police report that the incident appeared to be a “tragic accident.”

Personal Injury and Property Liability

When someone is injured on another person’s property, the property owner may be liable for those injuries. Property liability cases vary depending on the type of property. For example, private property that is a business will be held to a relatively high standard of duty of care because businesses are expected to create safe environments for customers. However, even homeowners are required to remove obvious threats to personal safety to avoid injury to invited and uninvited guests.

Private residential property guests are usually defined as:

  • Trespassers
  • Licensees
  • Invitees

Homeowners are obligated to take reasonable measures to make their property safe, but it can be difficult to hold a homeowner liable in some cases

If I Am Injured on Someone’s Property, Can I Seek Compensation for My Damages?

In many cases, you can seek compensation for your damages if you were injured through no fault of your own. When someone is injured on another person’s property due to a danger that should have been removed, the victim may have the right to seek compensation.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall or other accident due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, speak with the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Our team has the skill and knowledge of the law that you need to build a solid case and seek compensation for your damages. Do not leave your settlement to chance or rely on your own knowledge of the law. Instead, trust the team at Bernstein & Poisson to help you fight for your rights.

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