In many industrial occupations, workers face serious explosion accident risks on the job. When you’ve suffered from explosion injuries at an oil refinery, construction site, or another industrial work site, you could be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries.
When you walk through the doors at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., you’ll see why clients across Rhode Island have trusted us with legal representation for their personal injury claims. As skilled explosion accident lawyers with over 200 years of combined experience, we can provide the aggressive advocacy you need, as well as the compassionate counsel you deserve. While most of our clients are in the Providence area, we can also serve residents in Central Massachusetts and surrounding areas.
Do you have questions about your explosion accident claim? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (401) 200-4059 today for a consultation.
Causes of Explosion and Fire Accidents
It’s rare for most people to encounter an explosion or fire accident in the course of their daily lives. Although explosions can happen just about anywhere, these accidents are far more likely to take place in certain industrial fields, due to the high volume of combustible and flammable substances used in manufacturing processes. More often than not, these explosions are caused by negligence, no matter if that means an inattentive supervisor or a faulty piece of industrial machinery.
Here are a few common causes for explosions and fires:
- Accidental ignition of volatile gases
- Lack of appropriate safety training for employees
- Defective machinery, products, or parts
- Poor handling of flammable liquid solutions
- Failure to supervise industrial workers
- Built-up air pressure and other unsafe environmental conditions
- Horseplay and carelessness around dangerous equipment
Catastrophic Explosion and Burn Injuries
It should come as no surprise that an explosion can cause catastrophic and life-altering injuries for the victims who become caught in the crossfire. From permanent disfigurement to pain and suffering, it’s possible that you could be eligible for monetary damages after surviving an explosion accident.
Your fire and explosion injuries can include:
- Nerve and tissue damage
- First to third-degree burns and scalding
- Permanent scars and disfiguring injuries
- Cardiac arrest and other heart injuries
- Respiratory injuries and asthma attacks
- Blindness and vision damage
How Can I Pursue Compensation After an Explosion?
Depending on the nature of your explosion injuries, there could be multiple avenues for compensation. In most cases, however, on-the-job injuries are covered under workers’ compensation programs. In fact, most Rhode Island employers must carry valid workers’ compensation insurance and cover all their employees with these benefits.
Of course, there are still cases where bringing a lawsuit could be your best legal option for recovery. This is especially true if your case is classified as a product liability claim against a negligent manufacturer or seller. Aside from receiving compensation for your losses, you may also wish to seek justice and ensure that no one else has to suffer from the same type of negligence. Unlike workers’ compensation, a lawsuit will give you the chance to hold careless individuals accountable for their actions.
Our attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. are ready to help you pursue legal action after explosion and fire accidents. Call (401) 200-4059 today to get started.