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An explosion can lead to an extremely dangerous situation and result in death or severe explosion injuries. Blasts occur when a rapid increase in volume and release of energy is expelled from a source in an extreme manner. Generally, a bad mix of chemicals or toxins leads to these dangerous situations. Chemicals are used to make objects, generate power and perform other vital functions in our lives. Even though chemicals are present in our everyday lives, they are often still extremely dangerous. Carelessness from improper maintenance, defects or poor installation can lead to lasting consequences. A qualified explosion lawyer can help if you or a loved one were injured in an explosion.
If you were the victim of an explosion, contact The Carlson Law Firm today. We offer free consultations and are available 24/7. If you need help establishing negligence after a blast we have a team of attorneys ready to help. We have more than 40 years of experience helping victims of personal injuries.
What are the Types of Explosions?
Explosions can occur for any number of reasons. Blasts outside of a war zone typically occur because of toxic emissions. Still, explosions fall into two major categories:
- Supersonic: These explosions are created by high explosives and are known as detonations. They travel via supersonic shock waves.
- Subsonic: These explosions are created by low explosives through a slower burning process known as deflagration.
Both types of blasts can be devastating to people in surrounding areas. Sparks or open flames igniting chemical in the air is the most common cause of blasts in the workplace. Explosions occur when you least expect it. It can happen in the home, after a trucking accident or even at work. Fortunately, there are several safety measures that must be followed to minimize blasts and the injuries they cause.
Explosions can happen in a number of places:
- Chemical Plants
- Manufacturing Plants
- Oil and gas jobs
- In the home
According to Safe Gas Indiana, 63 million homes are powered and heated by natural gas. This represents about 52 percent of American households. Accordingly, residential gas explosions are more common than you think. Home gas explosions can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Ultimately, gas explosions in the home put the lives of you and your family at risk. Not just because of the initial blast, but also because of the fire that is sure to follow.
In any event, if gas is not properly ventilated, it will create seriously deadly conditions. Gas begins to expand as it heats up. This can lead to the pressure in a small area reaching intolerable levels. Home explosions occur for a number of reasons.
Blasts can occur as a result of defective pipes, gas regulators or meters. In the same fashion, these items can become defective from improper maintenance.
Are Propane Tanks Safe?
Propane is a heavy gas that causes explosions in the same way as natural gas. In some instances, propane tanks have been associated with the faulty equipment. Tubes or faulty valves can leak into the air and eventually explode. Propane tanks are staples in many homes and are commonly used with barbecue pits.
There are several scenarios that can lead to a plant explosion. For example, fires and natural disasters can trigger explosions. However, a majority of explosions that occur in the workplace are because of the negligence of the plant’s owners, supervisors or fellow employee. Most plant explosions are preventable.
Some of the most common reasons for plant blasts include:
- Improper maintenance or other equipment
- Equipment malfunction
- Well blowouts
- Failure to adhere to federal safety regulations
- Improper training
- Smoking while on the premises
- Ill maintained boilers
- Improper labeling of parts or chemicals
- Dirty or impure chemical use
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a plant explosion, we can help. Contact a qualified plant explosion lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm. We offer free consultations 24/7.
Oil Rig Blasts
No matter the weather, oil rig employees are busy extracting oil from deep beneath the ocean floor in rough seas and bad weather. Even though water surrounds them, oil rig platforms are high-risk for fires and explosions. This is one of the most dangerous types of maritime accidents that can occur. A single spark could cause a fire. For several reasons, oil rig workers work an incredibly dangerous job. For instance, they can often work shifts that exceed more than 12 hours.
Car accidents are dangerous for many reasons. Many people don’t expect a car fire after an accident. But car fires can and do happen. Not only are car fires and added danger, but an unexpected car fire can cause an explosion. These fires can result in suffering and horrible burns. It is important to note that some car fires are preventable. If you or a loved one have suffered explosion injuries from a car accident contact The Carlson Law Firm right away. We have an explosion lawyer ready to help you navigate the legal system to get the justice you deserve.
A car fire and explosion lawyer can investigate your situation and find out what caused the explosion. Defective vehicles can lead to injuries sustained from a car accident and unexpected car fire. Vehicles with defective fuel tank design can cause a car fire during a wreck.
Additionally, car fires can trap you in your car and make it extremely hard for paramedics and other professionals to reach you. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today to speak with a qualified explosion lawyer.
A blast injury is a physical trauma caused by direct or indirect exposure to an explosion. Explosions in confined spaces such as mines, building or large vehicles have high morbidity and mortality. Additionally, blasts that result in building collapses carry similar morbidity and mortality rates as closed spaces.
It should be noted that penetrating or blunt force trauma to the body is the most common injury seen among survivors.
What are the different types of blast injuries?
Explosion injuries remain consistent—no matter the type of blast. With this in mind, there are four basic types of blast injuries:
- Primary blast injury: Primary explosion injuries are the direct effects of pressure. High order explosive devices involve detonation or almost instantaneous transformation of solid or liquid into a gas state. When the blast wave hits the body, it can cause pulmonary barotrauma (damage to the lungs from rapid or excessive pressure changes). It can also rupture the eardrum, perforation of gas-filled structures (intestines or gallbladder) and even traumatic brain injuries.
- Secondary blast injury: Slow burns cause low-order explosions. When the heat releases, the wave is subsonic. These injuries don’t usually cause the problems present in a primary blast injury. Instead, injuries are the result of flying debris such as fragments and other projectiles causing blunt force trauma or penetration.
- Tertiary blast injuries: These explosion injuries result from the human body actually being thrown by the blast wind. Injuries include fractures, traumatic amputations and brain injuries.
- Quaternary blast injuries: These injuries are everything else not caused by primary, secondary or tertiary blasts. For example, burns, crush injuries, asthma and COPD caused by dust, smoke or toxic fumes.
Most survivors of an explosion suffer from secondary blast injuries and some degree of tertiary and quaternary blast injuries. If you or a loved have an injury from an explosion, contact an Explosion Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm.
Recovering from Explosion Injuries
Military combat zones are typically the only places where explosion injuries are present. In fact, few civilian doctors in the United States have experience treating patients with explosion injuries. Survivors of an explosion usually suffer injuries from penetrating or blunt trauma. However, there are several types of injuries that have long-lasting effects.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that blast lung is the most common fatal injury among initial explosion survivors. It is a direct consequence of a blast wave from highly explosive detonations. In order to diagnose the condition, chest radiographs showing a butterfly appearance are the most common indicator of blast lung. Survivors with this condition can require extensive medical treatment leading to costly procedures. A Carlson Law Firm Explosion Lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical procedures stemming from an explosion.
Burns and Disfiguration
Burns can have serious and long-lasting consequences. A victim of an explosion can suffer from nerve damage or disfiguration requiring reconstructive surgery. Even with the surgery, a victim may never look the same again. Burns sort into three categories:
- First degree – considered surface injuries. Swollen tissues. For example, mild sunburns are considered first degree burns.
- Second degree – deeper than first degree. These burns have a higher level of pain. Additionally, the tissue appears inflamed, reddened and blistered.
- Third degree – involves all layers of skin. Skin damage is severe. Because of nerve damage, burns will often turn whitish and leathery in appearance.
Eye and Ear Injuries
A blast can severely damage your eyes. In any event, up to 10 percent of all blast survivors have significant eye injuries. These injuries involve cuts from projectiles. Additionally, a blast can significantly damage ears. The sheer force of a blast can damage the middle ear and cause permanent and temporary hearing loss, otalgia, vertigo, and bleeding from the external canal. Explosion survivors should be sure to have their eyes and ears checked by a medical professional.
Gas-containing organs in the gastrointestinal tract are most vulnerable to primary blast effect. The force of the explosion can cause internal bleeding. Because clinical signs of abdominal injuries can be initially silent, medical professionals should check for damage to explosion survivors’ internal organs. Medical professionals may not think to check for internal injuries until acute abdomen or sepsis has advanced.
How An Explosion Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in an explosion, we can help you to receive what you deserve after your explosion injury. The Carlson Law Firm maintains a team of professionals that includes more than 35 experienced lawyers, as well as full-time registered nurses and three investigators.
Along with our in-house staff, we also have strong relationships with other experts, as well as photographers and videographers who help document the evidence you need. Proving negligence is key to the success of any case, and we have more than enough skill and resources to do just that.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
Contact the Carlson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation, consultation. If you are looking for prompt, personal and proven representation for your explosion injury, an Explosion Lawyer Carlson Law Firm can help. Our team of attorneys, specialists, and researchers have the experience and resources to guide you through your legal journey and help you secure the best results possible.