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Husband of Woman Who Died in Marion County Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion Sues

Posted on November 13, 2012

The husband of a 28-year-old woman who was killed when a hyperbaric chamber used to treat a horse exploded at the Kesmarc Equine Rehabilitation facility In Marion County, is suing several parties, claiming they were negligent in maintaining the chamber.

The horrific explosion happened on February 10 when a horse being treated inside the hyperbaric chamber began kicking, causing sparks, which ultimately resulted in the explosion that killed the woman, who was working outside the chamber. The horse was also killed and another woman, who was observing, was seriously injured.

According to Ocala.com, the husband is suing all parties involved with the maintenance of the hyperbaric chamber.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims that officials at Kesmarc knew the chamber was not working properly and had informed Equine Oxygen Therapy Resources, Inc. in order to have the problems repaired. According to the suit, Kesmarc kept operating the chamber even though the repairs had not been made.

The two companies responsible for the ideas behind the equine hyperbaric chamber, Equine Oxygen Therapy Acquisitions LP and Equine Oxygen Therapy Resources, Inc., were also named in the suit. It alleges that the companies didn’t “adopt a design process for its equine hyperbaric chambers.” The lawsuit also contends that the manufacturers failed to adequately test their chambers and that the explosion and fire was caused by design, manufacturing, and inspection defects.

Kesmarc and Farnsworth Farms, Inc., where the explosion took place, were also named in the suit. The husband is seeking wrongful death damages that include pain and suffering, loss of his wife’s net income, and funeral expenses.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent behavior of others, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for your loss. The Marion County wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah realize that no amount of money can make up for your personal loss, but damages can help offset some of the financial losses a family can experience after losing a loved one. If you believe you have a case, call us at (800) 533-3555. We can help.