Each year, hundreds of people die of unintentional injury caused by explosions. Thousands more sustain non-life-threatening injuries. In addition, explosions account for many of the largest United States fire accidents. Technically speaking, an explosion is defined as “the sudden conversion of potential energy (chemical, mechanical or nuclear) into kinetic energy that produces and violently releases gas.”
Historically, the deadliest United States explosions and fires have involved coal mines or steamships. Today, reports indicate that firework accidents have become another high-risk category for fatal explosions. Ultimately, explosion accidents can happen anywhere: businesses, restaurants, in motor vehicles or on an aircraft. Still, studies show that most fatal explosion accidents occur in factories or on construction sites. It is in factories and at construction sites that Massachusetts workers are regularly exposed to hazardous and flammable materials. This puts these workers at a high risk for explosion accidents.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for the establishment and enforcement of workplace safety rules and regulations. OSHA is also the administrative body responsible for issuing fines to the Commonwealth and private companies who violate the rules of regulations. According to OSHA reports, approximately 250 workers die in workplace explosions each year. Five thousand more are injured on the job due to workplace explosions. Many of these accidents are completely preventable. With proper safety measures and a reasonable level of care and attention, most explosion accidents occurring each year could have been prevented.
Although work-related explosions account for most explosion accidents suffered in the United States, a large majority of accidents are also caused by gas leaks in residential areas. Gas leaks in a home can cause devastating results for a family, including property loss, serious personal injury or even wrongful death.
Far too frequently, Massachusetts families are forced to endure the wrongful death of a loved one in the aftermath of a devastating explosion accident or fire. For the Massachusetts victims who survive an explosion accident, they are often left with both physical and emotional scars. Although injuries suffered in explosion accidents vary in severity, many victims suffer burns, lung injuries, hearing loss, vision loss, and other internal injuries. In addition to the physical injuries, many victims feel emotional trauma coping with their own injuries and perhaps the death of a loved one.
Who is held legally responsible for my explosion accident injury?
Many victims have trouble pinpointing who is to blame for their explosion-related injuries. That is why it is important to call our expert explosion accident injury attorneys at your earliest convenience in the aftermath of an explosion. Our dedicated expert attorneys are available 24/7 and are highly skilled and experienced in getting Massachusetts explosion victims the money they deserve.
Ultimately, several parties may be held legally liable for your injuries and the death of a loved one in the aftermath of an explosion accident. For instance, when a gas leak causes an explosion or fire in a Massachusetts home, our expert personal injury attorney advocates begin by investigating the local gas company, Massachusetts gas suppliers, installation and maintenance businesses who worked on the house, appliance manufacturers, and even Massachusetts landlords and homeowners. It depends on the facts of the specific case, but any and all of the aforementioned parties can and have been named in Massachusetts explosion accident injury lawsuits as defendants.
To prove liability, our dedicated attorney specialists must show that the defendant, whoever that may be, owed the victim a duty. Duty is the first element of any negligence claim, and can often be met by showing that a person who is bound by professional safety standards owed the victim an obligation to behave as any reasonable professional in that field would have behaved under the circumstances. The other three elements of negligence include breach, or breaking that duty by failing to act with reasonable care or prudence; causation, which is the relationship between the duty, breach and subsequent harm; and damages, which is the harm caused to the plaintiff.
Don’t waste another minute. If you or a loved one has been injured by an explosion or fire accident, it is time to call our expert Boston law office. Our attorney professionals are nationally renowned for delivering top-notch legal representation and superior client service. We will work tirelessly and diligently to get you the results you deserve. Please call today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your needs are our top priority!