The accident apparently occurred when one worker bumped into a gas tank valve, releasing gas. The gas touched a flame and ignited, starting a fire. The fire gave two men second- and third-degree burns on the upper halves of their bodies. Both men were apparently able to converse with their rescuers, but suffered serious injuries. They were hospitalized shortly after.
Compensation for Explosion Injuries
Explosions can cause a variety of injuries, including burns, broken bones, loss of limb, ear damage, ballistic damage, respiratory problems, scarring and disfigurement and much more.
Regardless of fault, if you suffer injury during the scope of your employment, you should qualify for workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp will typically cover things like medical bills, vocational therapy, a portion of your lost wages and death benefits to your family, should you die on the job.
You may also qualify for benefits beyond workers’ comp. If your employer committed “gross negligence” or intentional inflicts harm upon you, you could seek further benefits through a third-party personal injury claim.
The question of whether to seek only workers’ comp or to pursue a third-party injury claim is a complex one and varies on a case-by-case basis. Your workers’ comp attorney can help you answer this question and get the ball rolling. Remember, you must act quickly to secure your benefits. Don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with an attorney in your area.