Pressure Fryer Explosion at KFC Injures Teenage Twin Brothers
Last week at a KFC in Forest City, N.C., 19-year-old twin brothers were severely burned when a pressure fryer malfunctioned and exploded while they were operating it. Oil, possibly hotter than 320 °F, sprayed onto one brother, Ty Motley, who suffered burns on 70 percent of his body. The other brother, AJ Motley, ran to his aid and endured burns on 17 percent of his body.
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“A KFC worker told News 13 there had been a problem with the cooker one time before. Family says they also were told the cooker had prior malfunctions,” a WLOS article states. It was reported that the twins were operating the appliance correctly at the time it exploded and Ty and AJ were described by coworkers as “model employees.”
Who will pay?
In tragic accidents like the KFC fryer explosion, there will be high medical bills to face along with pain and suffering.
A KFC representative reportedly visited the brothers in the specialty burn center where they were being treated and KFC released a statement that they “are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of this accident.”
However, one could wonder how many of the bills will be paid for at the close of the investigation? Too often, an innocent party is left with debt in situations like this. It could be the Motley twins who are not fully compensated, or even the medical practice that treated them.
Former Southern Fried Stings’ Russell founds start-up to fight for justice
Former Southern Fried Stings (truTV) star Jay Russell seeks justice for victims of incidents like the KFC fryer explosion with his injury investigation company, Third Party Evaluation Services (TPES).
Russell invokes his past as a South Carolina State Trooper by using former law enforcement to investigate burn injuries, workers compensation, car accidents, and other injury cases. He aims to pinpoint who is financially responsible and take the burden off of innocent victims and the medical facilities that treat them.
Once the responsible party is identified, each victim is paired with a lawyer whose specialty matches their case needs in order to seek restitution.
Russell cautions that choosing the right lawyer is crucial and advises that “the most qualified and successful lawyers rarely appear making hyped up promises in television commercials.”
Employing experienced professionals like the lawyers TPES refers will “increase the likelihood of obtaining enough compensation to both cover damages and repay the medical providers who tended to the injuries,” says Russell.
Cost to the Medical Providers
When tragedies like the KFC fryer explosion occur, victims can include more than those who were injured. Often times the medical provider is not fully compensated for emergency treatment administered.
Government regulations, like EMTALA, require medical centers to provide emergency medical treatment regardless of the victim’s ability to pay.
“The same heroic medical practitioners who treat traumatic injuries can later end up with their practices in bankruptcy over resulting bad debt,” explains Russell.
In private practices, bad debt can accumulate due to insurance company Allowed Procedures and new federal and state regulations, despite benefits allowed by the Affordable Health Care Act.
“It’s important that someone fights on the side of the medical practices while also seeking compensation for the injured party,” says Russell. “With the way that TPES is structured, everyone wins except the negligent company that caused the accident.”
TPES aggressively seeks recourse for the medical provider when working a case with a victim. Any resulting restitution obtained upon the awarding of a settlement is given to the referring practitioner.