The potential for accidents to happen always exists. This holds true anywhere, especially in the workplace, as unaddressed or unseen dangers can exist that one does not expect. Accidents in the workplace can occur as a result of a wide range of factors, including things like unsafe scaffolding, defective electrical wiring, equipment with damaged parts, or exposure to toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials. Those who suffer injuries in the workplace tend to incur serious, life-threating injuries. It’s not uncommon for workplace accidents to result in fatalities. People that work in dangerous jobs, such as construction workers or oil rig workers, have an even higher work of sustaining injuries while on the job. The US Department of Labor reports that of all worker fatalities in 2015, 21.4% were in construction.
It’s not uncommon for people who get injured at work to endure severe burns, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries. These kinds of injuries are referred to as “catastrophic” due to the fact that they can be difficult to diagnose, often get worse with time, can impact one’s ability to function well into the future, and require continual medical attention. Catastrophic injuries more often than not have a detrimental effect on the injured person’s quality of life. Someone that has sustained a catastrophic injury will often have a constellation of physical or mental complications that can prevent him or her from going back to work or performing at the capacity they did before the accident.
As one might expect, injuries caused by explosions tend to be significant. Treatment for explosion-related injuries can be expensive and involve many hours of physical and psychological treatment. Explosions happen in an unexpected, shocking, and violent fashion, and are traumatic events for most people. In the event of explosions that happen at work, your employer or perhaps another third party might be responsible. You may also be able to pursue pain and suffering damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
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