Plant explosions can be caused by gross negligence on part of a facility management team, lack of inspection, and inadequate safety protocols. Workers are often unwary victims of such recklessness and suffer severe injuries or even wrongful death. The damages are rarely reversible in full, but the victims can and should seek out the services of a personal injury attorney to secure fair compensation for the medical conditions caused by the incident.
Insurance companies of the at-fault parties are usually reluctant to give up the monetary compensation that victims or their survivors rightfully deserve. To safeguard your legal rights in the matter and get you fair compensation for your economic and non-economic damages either via a personal injury lawsuit or through settlement negotiations with the insurance adjuster, you should contact the Dunn Sheehan law firm. It may also be possible to extract punitive damages in cases where the liable party exhibited gross negligence.
Whatever the case, our personal injury lawyers will see to it that justice is served and you don't have to suffer monetarily for someone else's disregard for industrial safety.Get in Touch
Common Causes For Plant Explosion Accidents
To better understand how burn victims or survivors of deceased workers killed by refinery explosions in industrial plants are compensated for their losses, we must first look deeper into the cause of such calamities. Personal injury and wrongful death lawyers need to establish negligence on part of the management by examining how the explosion accident happened.
Some possibilities include:
- Boiler systems that aren't well maintained
- Careless cigarette smoking
- Lack of proper equipment maintenance
- Materials that may be flammable
- Electrical hazards
- Malfunctioning or potentially dangerous equipment
- Improper maintenance of equipment
- Unseen corrosion
In most cases, it is the management staff that is at fault for causing the incident. An experienced attorney can help you establish liability with strong evidence and irrefutable witness statements. If needed, your lawyer can and should get expert witnesses on board to provide weight for your case, allowing you to assert your claim before a jury.
Even if things don’t go as far as a lawsuit, your lawyer will be a valuable asset during the settlement negotiations, representing your best interests before the insurance adjuster. This is important if you want to be compensated fairly, and our attorneys make it a point to always strengthen your position in the case and safeguard you from the tactics of insurance adjusters.Get in Touch
Understanding The Damages Caused By Plant Explosion Accidents
A competent plant explosion injury lawyer will first begin with inspecting the degree of losses suffered by their client before creating a case for compensation. There is no set range for monetary reimbursement here but a general rule of thumb dictates that the settlement must reflect the intensity of the damages caused by the accident, meaning that for more severe cases, the compensation will be larger.
Some of the most common types of injuries sustained by personal injury victims in such incidents:
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured and broken bones
- Head injuries
- Complete hearing loss or hearing damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shattered glass injuries
- Amputation or loss of limbs
- Vision loss
- Eye injuries
The explosion itself, the accompanying flames, and attempts to flee danger can put the victims in a dangerous position. Workers have died from these accidents, and in such cases, their immediate survivors are entitled to fair compensation for having lost a loved one and the financial benefits associated with the deceased.
However, if the injury victim survives, they should be taken to the hospital immediately and be treated for their injuries and diagnosed for the extent of the medical problems. There should be no delay in giving medical treatment to the patient. Plus, a record of the medical condition of the victim and the accompanying medical expenses must also be kept at hand for reference.Get in Touch
Compensation For Plant Explosion Accident Victims
Victims may sustain moderate or severe injuries as a result of being involved in such an accident, and may even lose their lives as a result. The sheer impact of the explosion can cause serious bodily harm to anyone present within the blast radius. Apart from that, the flames can lead to burns and suffocation. Workers may also sustain injuries in their attempts to flee the flames due to inadequate safe exits or safety training. All of this can result in serious monetary and non-economic losses to the victims or their survivors in the event of wrongful death.
These damages can be categorized as follows:
- Medical expenses, both short-term and long-term
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses for replacement services
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
These are the types of damages you can recover if you choose to pursue legal action against the liable party. Punitive damages, at the bottom of this list, are in addition to all the economic and non-economic damages and are given in such cases if some mal-intent or gross negligence is observed. This monetary penalty serves to punish the responsible party for their recklessness to discourage similar disregard for others’ safety in the future.
Though normally punitive damages are hard to claim in lawsuits, for serious accidents like plant explosions, the court is more likely to be willing to award the victim with these special damages. Of course, you need legal representation from competent lawyers to put yourself in a stronger position throughout the case so that your legal rights are respected. Plus, never rely on the other party to fully compensate you for your losses; the insurance adjuster will try to do the exact opposite of that.
At Dunn Sheehan, our priority is to make sure that our clients get the best possible legal service and are aware of all the possible outcomes for the various options.Get in Touch
Dunn Sheehan Will Fight For Your Legal Rights
Rest assured that when you hand over your case to us, we’ll pursue your best interests with complete sincerity and ensure that you get reimbursed according to the severity of economic damages and emotional suffering you had to go through because of the accident. As your personal injury attorneys, our team at Dunn Sheehan will advocate for your best interests throughout the legal proceedings no matter how you want to settle the damages, i.e. via a lawsuit or settlement.
We have a track record of success in getting catastrophic injury victims, especially for burn injuries and job injuries in this context, the compensation they deserve.
We start with a free consultation session, listing your options and showing you how much your case is worth based on the data you provide us. If you recorded firsthand evidence or at least documented your losses, we’ll be able to give you a fair estimate. Following this, we'll take on your case without any upfront payment, i.e. on a contingency fee basis which means that we’ll only ask for a payment if you win your case.
Don’t let any hesitation keep you from reaching out to us and getting the legal help you need to succeed in your plant explosion injury claim.
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