Unfortunately, some worksites experience fires that can lead to serious injuries. Some of these fires might be the result of activities carried out on the worksite, while other fires might be from outside the facility and are beyond the control of the business. You may be entitled to seek compensation from a third-party for your injuries.
Pieces of Equipment That Can Cause Fiery Explosions
Temporary heating devices, compressed gas cylinders, chemical tanks, vehicles, and equipment can all be defective and can cause fires. When a fire occurs as a result of one of these pieces of equipment malfunctioning, you may suffer from one of several serious injuries.
Common Injuries Resulting from Fires at Work
Burn injuries are the most common injuries that result from fires. However, you may also experience an injury as a result of an explosion that damages your hearing. You might suffer from an injury as a result of smoke inhalation. Once this occurs, if you are a worker, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries and lost wages regardless of who is at fault.
Even if you are negligent and cause a fire, you will still be entitled to compensation. To receive workers' compensation, you must not be a volunteer. However, one exception is if you are a volunteer firefighter.
Why You May Be Entitled to Compensation from a Third Party
In addition to receiving compensation through a workers' compensation insurance provider, you should also seek compensation through a third party if they are partially at fault. Unlike with workers' compensation, if you seek compensation from a third party, you must prove that they are at fault for your injuries. However, even if you are partially at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
For example, if you used a piece of equipment in a manner that it was not intended to be used, you may be partially at fault. However, if there were no warnings against the method by which you used the equipment, the manufacturer might also be negligent.
Parties Who Might Be Responsible
There are multiple parties who could potentially be held responsible for an accident. These include:
- Building owners
- Equipment manufacturers
- General contractors
A job site accident lawyer will get to the bottom of why the accident occurred and will help you pursue compensation for the damage you have suffered. Contact a job site accident lawyer for more information.