Explosions are among the most ruinous types of accidents. Not only do they regularly cause serious injury and fatalities, they also destroy property, start fires, and spread toxins. A home explosion can rattle a family to its core, rendering them homeless and contending with medical bills or even funeral expenses. Blasts in public spaces, while threatening injuries, can also interrupt business indefinitely. While freak accidents do occur, many times, explosions are the result of negligence, whether in construction, design flaws, or lack of maintenance. Considering the physical, emotional, and financial damage these accidents incur, hiring a personal injury attorney when someone else is at fault may be the best course of action while you get your life back in order.
Types of Explosions
Explosions occur when a substance rapidly increases in volume, resulting in a sudden, violent release of energy. They can range from a firecracker to a nuclear catastrophe. Personal injury lawyers’ main areas of expertise regarding explosions include:
- Plant Explosions: Blasts at plants or refineries can be huge and involve worker injuries as well as damage the surrounding community. They have many causes, such as electrical, chemical, and gas. Since these are workplace incidents, the employer may be obligated to pay workers’ compensation but may also be liable for other damages if the infrastructure was not kept up or they did not provide adequate safety equipment.
- Home Explosions: From summer barbecues to winter heating, gas is the main culprit in home explosions. While homeowners are often blamed by insurance companies for such incidents, gas and utility providers, as well as landlords, are often at fault. Product defects and negligence can include leaking pipes, improper venting, faulty installation, or neglectful inspection and maintenance.
Types of Explosion Injuries
Blasts can cause major trauma. There are four main types:
- Primary: An injury directly from the blast’s shock wave, affecting primarily the gas-filled organs such as those in the auditory, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems
- Secondary: Wounds from flying debris, causing lacerations and blunt force trauma
- Tertiary: Harm caused when the victim is thrown by an explosion
- Quaternary: Injuries due to related circumstances such as burns, inhaled toxins, or exacerbation of underlying conditions.
How an Explosion Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
An event such as a home or workplace explosion can be life-shattering. Not only can a blast cause physical harm, resulting in staggering medical expenses, it can result in lost property, jeopardized future wages, and emotional duress for you and your entire family. This is a time when you should concentrate on getting better and not be preoccupied with financial distress. An experienced Morgan & Morgan explosion attorney will give you the best shot at recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even damages for pain and suffering. It costs nothing to get started — we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid only if we win. Get Morgan & Morgan in your corner. Fill out a free case evaluation today.