New Jersey Explosion Lawyer
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, in 2016, 88 people died from fires and explosions. These explosions injured many people, some requiring expensive medical treatment and long-term care. If you suffer injuries after an explosion in the Garden State, a reliable New Jersey explosion lawyer at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, has the experience to handle your case and fight for fair compensation.
Causes of Explosions in New Jersey
The workplace is one area where explosions are most likely to injure those nearby. Those working at chemical plants face risk from fires catching among stored chemicals and causing an explosion.
Manufacturing plants often have large containers of flammable chemicals that could explode in a fire, causing injury. The oil and gas industry also regularly works with flammable chemicals that can explode if it doesn’t rigorously enforce safety precautions.
Types of Injuries from Explosions
Burn injuries regularly result from explosions. Burns are among the most painful injuries you can suffer and often leave disfiguring scars that can last a lifetime. Recovery from burns often requires months of medical treatment so hiring a New Jersey explosion lawyer to help secure fair compensation is important.
Trauma resulting from fragments penetrating the body are another common injury in explosions. While this can injure any part of the body, fragments penetrating the head and neck can be particularly serious. Fragments hitting the eye can cause diminished eyesight or blindness.
Breathing problems from dust, smoke, or toxic fumes can result in damage to the lungs after an explosion. Breathing in super-heated air can cause burn to the lungs. Injuries to the lungs can diminish your lung capacity for life.
Compensation for Victims of Explosions in New Jersey
If the explosion that caused your injury occurred at work, you may seek compensation through the workers’ compensation program. New Jersey workers’ compensation law says your employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance in almost all industries, and this protects you if you’re injured during work.
Workers’ compensation pays for your medical expenses. This includes hospital and doctor bills, prescription medications, and any specialized medical equipment you need at home following your injury.
Workers’ compensation also pays temporary disability payments for the time you miss from work. If you miss more than seven days of work, you will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage in temporary disability payments, up to a maximum of $870.61 per week.
If you become permanently disabled, you may continue to receive weekly payments for life. The amount may depend on the injuries you suffered and if you are totally or partially disabled.
If your injury was the result of a defective product, you may be able to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer in addition to your workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, if your employer was intentionally or egregiously negligent leading to the explosion, you may be able to bring a claim against the employer for further compensation.
Explosions suffered outside of work or caused by someone other than your employer may require bringing a claim against the person or company that caused the explosion to pursue compensation for your injuries. For additional information regarding potential damages, speak with a New Jersey accident lawyer experienced in explosion cases.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with a New Jersey Explosion Attorney
The lawyers of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, have the experience to guide you through the legal system after you’ve suffered injuries in an explosion. Call (833) 726-6326 today and let us schedule your free consultation. Your attorney will give you an honest assessment of the merits of your case and what compensation you may be eligible to receive. Our lawyers work on commission, so you owe nothing unless we can negotiate a settlement or win a verdict on your behalf.