Each year, a number of explosions occur in America. These explosions take place in factories, manufacturing facilities, at construction sites, on oil rigs, and even in personal residences. The immediate impact of an explosion is always felt by those who were closest to the blast site. This includes workers and anyone else who might have been in the general vicinity of the explosion. The impact to these victims can be quite significant with long-term and serious injuries often occurring. However, in some explosions, there may be a much larger scale impact. When an explosion happens, the fallout can reach into the surrounding community, affecting the lives of thousands of citizens.
When an explosion affects an entire community residents can have their way of life turned upside down. They may be displaced from their homes and forced to live elsewhere. The infrastructure of the community may be threatened in the most serious cases. In any event, the effects are more than a mere inconvenience and can actually present a danger to the health and safety of residents. Being the victim of an explosion can happen in numerous ways.
If you or a family member have been impacted by an explosion, our nationwide explosion accident lawyers at Burg Simpson are here to assist you at any time.
Causes of Explosions
There are many potential reasons why an explosion might occur in the first place. Sadly, despite the reason, most of them could have been prevented through the use of simple care and caution. Some of the most common causes of a blast are:
- Handling of hazardous materials: In industries such as manufacturing, mining, and construction, the handling of hazardous materials is a routine part of the job. However, any errors in the handling process may lead to disaster.
- Poor Infrastructure: Explosions often occur in pipelines and within cracks in buildings and machinery. Over time, the integrity of these buildings and structures begin to crack and break down. When a combustible material or gas invades aging infrastructure, the results can be catastrophic.
- Human error: Human negligence accounts for a large portion of explosions. This includes mishandling of materials, as well as improper storage and negligent use of explosives. Employers should always ensure that only trained and qualified individuals are handling explosive and combustible materials.
- Intentional Acts: While intentional acts, such as terrorism, take place infrequently in America, they must also be considered as a potential cause.
Impact on Individuals
An explosion can have a major, negative impact on individuals. Mainly, explosions can lead to death or serious personal injuries. Affected victims have the right to file a claim for compensation related to their loss of income following the explosion. However, in many cases, the damage and injuries are extremely serious in nature.
Environmental Impacts of Explosions
Perhaps the most unknown and unappreciated aspect of an explosion is the damage that it can cause to the local environment. When a blast happens, it releases a large amount of chemicals into the air. These chemicals can have a negative impact on a local community in many ways. For instance, toxic material from the explosion can make its way into the ground and can contaminate the local water supply. Before third parties can come in the area, authorities must conduct tests and ensure that the water supply is safe for human consumption.
In addition, an explosion can have an impact on local residents. In early, 2023 an explosion involving a train took place in East Palestine, Ohio. Local homeowners were forced to evacuate their residences and, in some cases, were displaced for many months while the area was cleaned up.
An explosion can also cause damage to nearby businesses. The property damage can be serious in nature, leaving a business with the question of whether it can or wants to rebuild in the aftermath of a major explosion.
Pursuing Your Legal Rights
If you and your local surroundings have been impacted by a blast, it is best to get legal advice as soon as possible. Here at Murphy & Landon, we know and understand your legal rights. We know that you are going through a difficult time. This is especially true if your community has been shaken by the blast. You may lose your sense of home and identity and may also be wondering what can be done to help get it back.
You could be entitled to legal compensation in this instance. That includes the right to receive damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and possibly more. The ultimate amount of your recovery depends upon many other factors.
Hire a National Explosion Accident Attorney
When you or a loved one have been injured in an explosion accident, you should be fully aware of your legal rights. Seeking serious legal representation is the first step to ensuring that you are not left empty-handed. If you were hurt and someone else was at fault, you are entitled to recover all of your legal damages. You have the right to be made whole following an explosion.
At Burg Simpson, we strongly believe that all negligent individuals and entities should be held fully responsible for their actions. We protect the legal rights of our clients and fight back against careless and reckless behavior. While an explosion is certainly a serious and unexpected event, we are here to help during your time of need.
Our firm always offers free consultations and case evaluations for all potential and prospective clients. We know what needs to be done in order to help you obtain the compensation that you need and deserve. You have a limited time to act following the explosion. In order to protect your legal rights, please reach out to us right away. There is no fee until we obtain a recovery on your behalf. Our national explosion accident attorneys are standing by to help you at any time. To speak with us about your case, please reach out to us using our online intake form or give us a call at (866) 696-1726.