If you work in certain industries, you have a higher likelihood of being involved in an explosion accident. Chemical and manufacturing plants as well as oilfields, mines and construction sites have all suffered explosions that led to employee injury. Unfortunately, these injuries can be catastrophic, leading to permanent, lifelong pain and lengthy, uncomfortable treatments.
There are many different causes for explosions in the workplace, according to our explosion accident attorneys. In chemical plants, all chemicals must be stored so that there is no risk of oxidation. When certain chemicals are exposed to oxygen or other chemicals, they can heat up and produce an explosive gas. Electrical malfunctions can also cause explosions. One example of electrical malfunction is an arc flash which is caused when during a short circuit and high current is released. These types of explosion accidents are common in electrical plants and on construction sites. In addition, if employers fail to follow OSHA regulations regarding how to store hazardous materials, explosions may occur.
After an explosion, you may suffer severe injuries, including burns, chemical exposure and smoke inhalation. These injuries can be catastrophic, requiring extensive treatment and lost time from work. Your employer is required to set up emergency preparedness systems if you work in certain industries, including chemical and electric plants. These systems are designed to minimize the damage from an explosion and may include things like system shutdown or evacuation.
If you are injured in an explosion at work, your employer is required to provide you with workers’ compensation coverage. Even if you were partially or completely to blame for the accident, you are entitled to benefits. In addition, your employer may not fire you for filing a claim which is why it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to protect your rights.
Hiring an attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer. In fact, Pennsylvania law prohibits you from filing a lawsuit for a workplace injury in most cases. According to explosion accident attorneys, workers’ compensation companies often miscalculate the amount you are eligible to receive and an employer will simply make sure you are getting the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an explosion accident, contact the explosion accident attorneys at Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for an initial, no-obligation consultation by filling out the form on our website or giving us a call at 1-800-Lundy Law.