Whether it’s from working with fuel tanks, compressed gases, boilers, blasting agents, or other sensitive materials or equipment, thousands of workers come into harm’s way every year from construction accidents. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013, 16% of incidents in which more than one worker was actually killed can be attributed to fires and explosions — and that’s not counting those who were only injured by such incidents.
Generally, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth standards for the storage, transportation, and use of flammable, pressurized, or otherwise explosive materials. Unfortunately, some employers fall short of the bar when it comes to adherence and/or other safety precautions, which can lead to catastrophic events.
When an individual is severely injured by the sudden explosion of equipment or tools on the job, he or she may end up not only battling with the company over which party was at fault in the incident, but also with insurance companies and hospital billing departments over the costs of medical treatment for such injuries as:
- Serious burns which may lead to scarring, infection, or other issues
- Shrapnel-related injuries (disfigurement, etc.)
- Hearing Damage
- Mental and Emotional Trauma, such as PTSD
- …and more.
For many workers who have been severely injured by an unexpected explosion, the basic assistance of worker's compensation may not be enough to cover the financial and medical burden of recovery and loss of work. For those who have been injured so severely that they may be unable to return to work, the loss of an established career can be financially and personally devastating. Some workers may even find themselves challenged legally over the incident by their employer or another party. Whatever the case, workers injured in an explosion may be entitled to compensation beyond the usual.
Because of this, it is important for an injured worker to contact an experienced lawyer to assist in related legal affairs and offer appropriate advice when dealing with the repercussions of the explosion becomes too challenging to handle alone.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious explosion-related injury, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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