Construction is one of the most dangerous occupational industries likely to experience fires and explosions. Unfortunately, fire and explosion incidents can cause construction workers to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. Injured workers and those who have lost loved ones deserve compensation for fire and explosion accidents.
Partnering with experienced Long Island fire and explosion accident attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck LLP will help you file a claim and receive the compensation and benefits you deserve.
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Fires and explosions rarely happen spontaneously on construction sites. In most cases, fires and explosions occur because of carelessness and disregard for safety regulations, which are considered negligence.
Common causes of construction site fires and explosions accidents include:
Construction fires and explosion accidents are preventable if employees and third parties operating on the construction site follow proper safety standards. Occupational Safety and Health Industry Administration (OSHA) requires that all employees implement workplace fire prevention and protection programs to help safeguard workers from fire incidences.
There are four main fire protection guidelines that employers must follow, and include:
There are countable cases of fires or explosions on construction sites where workers escape without injuries. Most construction site fires and explosions are violent and have devastating effects on workers who are likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
The common injuries construction workers experience in a fire or explosion accident include:
Long Island follows New York laws that require property owners, contractors, and construction site managers to comply with the International Code Council’s model statutes.
It dictates the following construction site fire and explosion safety regulations.
You need to know the appropriate steps to take and your responsibility after experiencing a fire or explosion accident to help speed up the claims processes.
In case you suffer an injury during an accident involving a fire or explosion at your construction site, here are the basic steps to follow:
Long Island applies New York Laws, and according to New York Labor Laws, the property owner and general contractor are responsible for ensuring the safety of the construction site and are liable to provide compensation in case of fire and explosion. In construction situations, liability often falls on general contractors, construction project managers, and construction companies that employ the construction worker and oversee the construction.
Therefore, contractors, construction project managers, and construction companies are liable for carrying insurance that covers third-party injury claims. Workers and third parties can also be held liable if their negligence partly or wholly contributed to fire and explosion incidents. Additionally, employers are responsible for carrying worker compensation insurance which provides full and part-time workers with worker compensation benefits in case of a fire or explosion.
According to New York state laws, Long Island workers who suffer construction site fires and explosion accidents are entitled to receive worker’s compensation. New York state law legally requires employers to provide employees with workers’ compensation insurance. In the event of injuries caused by fires and explosions at the construction site, workers can pursue worker’s compensation benefits by filing a claim against their employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company.
A worker compensation claim will award you the following benefits;
Your employer’s insurance company is mandated to cover all reasonable and necessary medical expenses that relate to the injuries associated with the workplace fire or explosion. Medical benefits include diagnostic testing, hospital bills, medical prescriptions, medical equipment, follow-up expenses, and medical transportation costs.
It is also important to note that workers’ compensation covers medical expenses for patients with physicians certified by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) unless in an emergency. Suppose you become seriously disabled from the fire or explosion and cannot work for at least one year or the rest of your life. In that case, you are eligible to receive compensation in the form of social security disability benefits.
Fire and explosion injuries are likely to place a victim in the hospital for several days or months, depending on the level of injury. New York state laws allow you to receive cash benefits for lost earnings if you are out of work. You are entitled to up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages, and the payment begins after staying off work for 14 days due the accident-related injuries.
You may receive compensation if a loved one dies from a fire or explosion-related injuries and illnesses. The spouse, children, and other dependents are entitled to receive two-thirds of the deceased salary they earned during the 52 weeks before death. However, in case of no surviving spouse, children, or dependents, the surviving parents will receive $50,000.
Additionally, loved ones receive compensation for funeral expenses. In Long Island County, the benefits should not exceed $10,500.
If someone outside your employer is partly or wholly responsible for the construction fire or explosion accidents that caused your injury, you are entitled to file a third-party claim. Consult fire and explosion accident attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck LLP to help you file third-party liability lawsuits for compensation for construction fires or explosion accidents in Long Island.
Survivors are entitled to personal injury lawsuits against various third parties, including; contractors, engineers, architects, and owners or operators of the construction site. Other third parties include vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, and parties in the supply chain who provided the construction site with defective equipment or materials. For personal injury lawsuits, you need to prove that the third party’s negligence resulted in the accident.
Through the third-party liability claim or personal injury lawsuit, the survivor may recover compensation for:
Besides survivors, loved ones and family members who have lost loved ones due to construction fire and explosion are also entitled to file a wrongful death claim under third-party liability lawsuits. Loved ones and family members will receive cash settlements depending on damages.
If you lost a loved one or survived a construction site fire or explosion accident, contact our Long Island construction accident attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck LLP. We have a team of expert fire and explosion accident attorneys who will fully investigate the accident to help determine your damages, liable parties, and appropriate compensation. Call Rosenberg & Gluck LLP at (631) 451-7900 or complete our online contact form to set up a free consultation today.
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