Taking Legal Action for Explosion Accidents

Plants, coal mines, refineries, and other industrial lines of work create extra danger for their workers. These dangerous conditions can lead to injury, and even fatality as the force of an explosion is extremely intense. If you have been injured in an explosion, it is important to remember that this is not the end of your financial road, there are still legal actions you can take. All over the world people are employed in these dangerous industries, and all over the world people are injured on the job, and all over the world, there are people that can help get you the compensation you deserve.

For instance, an explosion in Tampa, Florida left two dead, and for severely injured in June of 2017. The explosion took place in the Big Bend Plant and resulted in four “severe: injuries, and two deaths declared on the scene. The New York Times said that the explosion occurred during a “routine cleaning” of a slag tank. Located at the bottom of a boiler in Unit 2, the tank collects coal slag, which the New York Times describes as, “glass-like waste product formed after the remains of burned coal are mixed with cold water.” While this slag is an important resource that is sold to other companies, it was the cause of death for the plant workers. The slag can reach temperatures upward of 1,000 degrees. This added danger to the already dangerous situation did not end well. The Big Bend plant in Florida is capable of a lot of damage, being that is one of the largest plants in the state, able to produce over 1,700 megawatts of electricity.

In this case, and in most cases involving work-related explosions, there is legal action that can and should be taken. Just because your line of work is more dangerous, than say an office job, doesn’t mean you just have to accept your injuries and move on. Experienced lawyers are there to help you get the compensation you deserve. Recovery is the most important thing in your life right now, and the financial burden that weighs you down should be the least of your worries. Even if an explosion took your loved one from you too soon, there is still a lawyer out there that can help handle all the monetary decisions so you can grieve, and honor your loved one.

Williams Kherkher states that “Catastrophic injuries ranging from paralysis to amputations to severe burns are all common among workers who have been hurt in an explosion.” Regardless of the type injury you possess, you are not in this alone. There are expert teams of lawyers who have trained specifically to help you in your explosion accidents. Recovery or grievance are number one priorities, so let the lawyers take care of getting you compensation for your medical bills, inability to work, and pain and suffering.

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Fatal Construction Accident in Minnesota

For people in many professions, the workplace can be very dangerous. Nearly any job that requires physical labor entails a multitude of different risks. Even jobs that are not inherently dangerous can result in injuries and accidents under unsafe circumstances. Although all workplaces are supposed to follow guidelines to keep their employees safe, some companies fail to take the appropriate precautions to prevent accidents. This is particularly dangerous on construction site where heavy materials and machinery are frequently in use. Failure to properly train employees, post adequate safety signage, and properly maintain the work site can lead to serious and even deadly accident. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press recently reported on one such construction accident that led to the death of a worker.

Construction worker Enrique Rosas Murga was killed on the job in August of 2017. He was working on a project in Farmington for Valmont Industries when the accident occurred. Rosas Murga and another employee were operating a machine that turns metal pipes into flag poles and light poles, at the time of the accident. The pole came loose of the machine and hit Rosas Murga on the head. Although he was wearing a hard hat, he sustained several serious blunt force injuries to the head. The medical examiner stated that these injuries could be from the impact of the pipe itself, or the pipe could have caused Rosas Murga to hit his head on another object. Valmont Industries is working with OSHA and manufacturing experts to understand what caused this accident and how to prevent accidents of this kind in the future. However, a retired employee of Valmont Industries commented that this death was likely caused by one of three problems: operator error, machine malfunction, or Rosas Murga’s assistant was not pay close enough attention.

Rosas Murga’s fellow workers are devastated by this loss to their team, and undoubtedly Rosas Murga’s family and loved ones are feeling a similar sense of grief. This accident shows just how dangerous a construction work site can be when even small errors are made. It seems likely that Rosas Murga’s death could have been prevented has the company taken steps to ensure that their machinery and their employees were prepared for the job. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done retrospectively to help Rosas Murga, but hopefully, the company will change their actions moving forward.

For Rosas Murga’s family, not only does this loss come with significant grief and sorrow, but they must also manage the financial loss that this accident has caused. They must now take on the financial burden of a lost income and any additional expenses that this accident has created. However, they may be entitled to worker’s compensation, which can help cover these costs. Although this money will not help end the pain they must be experiencing, it will ensure that they can remain financially stable during this difficult time.

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Temporary and Permanent Disability in Worker Compensation

Getting injured on the job is one of the worst things that could happen to a worker, especially if he or she is the primary earner in the family. There will be financial burdens such as medical costs, and the victim will also lose his or her earning capacity for a temporary or permanent time, depending on the injury sustained.

Because of all the damages that can be sustained, it is normal to expect the victim’s employer to at least help their employee. According to the website of the worker’s compensation attorneys at Evans Moore, LLC, there are legal options that can be pursued, such as compensation for temporary or permanent disability and workplace injury.

Temporary Disability
Temporary disability can be classified as partial and total. Temporary partial disability refers to the employee’s limited capability to fulfil his or her duties on a specific time frame, while temporary total disability refers to the employee’s total incapacity to perform his or her duties also on a specific time frame.

Permanent Disability
Permanent disability claims are for those who have sustained lifelong injuries, forever affecting their physical capability. An example of permanent disability is amputation. Like temporary disability, permanent disability can also be classified into partial and total.

Permanent partial disability occurs when the employee has sustained a lifelong injury and has limited his or her capability to fully fulfil the duties of the job, while permanent total disability occurs when the employee has been totally unable to fulfill his job on a lifelong basis as well.

Getting Compensation
There are instances where companies will do whatever they can to limit or totally deny their employees of worker’s compensation to save money. The financial burdens of temporary and permanent disabilities may be too great for the victim and his or her family, affecting the quality of their lives. For this reason, getting the help of legal professionals is not such a bad idea.

Since disabilities can be classified into four aspects, such as temporary partial, temporary total, permanent partial, and permanent total, the damages they pose also defer in severity. For this reason, the compensation for these classifications also vary.

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