Gillette Workplace Explosion Lawyer
While just about any type of accident and injury at the workplace can be a serious situation, few are more destructive than when an explosion occurs. This can happen for different reasons, such as due to the dangerous conditions of a coal mine or when chemicals and volatile substances are not handled properly. When an explosion does occur, it not only impacts the person who might have caused it, but it can also seriously injure others and cause a great deal of property damage.
Immediately following a serious workplace explosion, it is important to receive any medical care you may need and take other steps to protect yourself. This means you should not talk to or sign anything offered to you by any insurance company, even if they say they represent you. You will need to file a workers' compensation claim and you might have grounds for a civil lawsuit if the explosion was caused by some type of negligence by your employer. You’ll also need to contact an experienced workplace injury attorney to find out what your legal options may be. Gillette’s Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. considers it its mission to defend the rights of injured workers. Call (307) 257-7800 to find out how we can help you.
Explosions at the workplace can happen for a lot of different reasons, usually depending on the type of business. Some common causes can include:
- Electrical malfunctions or improper wiring
- Pressurized products, like compressed gas, overheating
- Gas tank design flaws or improper use
- Improperly stored explosive materials
- Chemical interactions
- Vehicle accidents
- Improperly maintained equipment or vehicles
- Improper supervision or training of workers
The types of injuries that occur due to an explosion, often depend on the size of the explosion and the proximity of the injured person. In general, these injuries can include:
- Serious burns
- Lacerations and bruises
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Hand and finger injuries
- Internal injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that every employer in Wyoming is required to carry. It is meant to pay for a worker’s injuries, regardless of fault, as long as the injury occurred while on the job and the worker was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In theory, filing a workers' compensation claim should be simple, but in reality, it can be complicated.
Workers' compensation insurers may deny a legitimate claim just to save money, or they might approve a claim, but issue a payment that is far too low for the type of injuries that occurred. In either situation, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you file the paperwork necessary, and assist with an appeal if the claim is denied.
In some cases, there may be grounds for a civil lawsuit when a worker is injured on the job. To find out if you have a viable workers’ compensation or civil claim, call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. at (307) 257-7800 for a free case evaluation.
To find out more about our legal services, please reach out to our firm by calling (307) 257-7800!
- National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016 - BLS
- Explosives and Blast Injuries - Merck Manual
- Coal Mine Explosion Prevention - CDC
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