Suffered Burn Explosions While Working? Here’s What You Need To Know

Contrary to popular belief, health care can be a hazardous profession. In fact, orderlies and nursing assistants are up to three times more likely to sustain musculoskeletal injuries and back injuries than construction workers. However, both types of jobs expose workers to a particular danger: the risk of explosions.

Work site explosions can occur when flammable materials are exposed to flame, when oxygen tanks combust, or when chemicals are placed under a considerable amount of pressure. The consequences of these explosions can result in severe injuries such as burns, loss of hearing, head injuries, and in some cases loss of life.

One such incident recently occurred in 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska, where an explosion and fire broke out at an animal feed plant. Two workers were killed in the accident, four received critical injuries, and six suffered minor injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has since reported that the company owning the animal feed plant, International Nutrition, had been cited for up to 35 OSHA violations over the course of the last 40 years.

In explosion incidents such as these, it’s especially important to file a workers compensation claim immediately. If you need help filing a claim, or if your initial claim was unfairly denied, then consult a workers compensation attorney for legal assistance. Depending on the state in which you live, the workers comp benefits you may qualify for and the amount of money you may be entitled to can vary greatly.

For instance, should you suffer from an explosion while working on the job at a construction site or other work site in the State of Arizona and you are no longer able to use one of your arms due to nerve damage or amputation, the maximum compensation you would receive would come to a total of $143,148. The national average compensation for a lost arm is $169,878.

The unfortunate circumstances of wrongful death and the number of benefits available to the surviving family also differs according to state. In Arizona, the amount of compensation available to surviving families depends on the earnings of the deceased worker, the cost of the funeral and medical services of the deceased, the age of the survivors, and the financial dependency of the survivors.

But no matter where you live, you deserve fair compensation for your explosion injuries. Unfortunately, you can’t always count on employers or insurance companies to do what’s fair, let alone what’s right. That’s why workers compensation attorneys can help.

If you or a loved one have suffered from an explosion at a construction site or other work site while working on the job, you may be entitled to workers comp benefits.

Need help with AZ workers comp claims? Then contact the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski today for a better understanding of your potential workers comp benefits.