Getting caught in an explosion is one of the most terrifying and deadly things that can happen to someone. And that is just from the initial blast. Explosions can often result in other injuries that might not become apparent until later. Related wounds can include brain, burn, or even spinal cord injuries. If you have been seriously injured in an explosion caused by someone’s negligence, a Phoenix injury attorney can help.
While explosions occur most often on the job – especially in professions such as construction, manufacturing, and mining, for example – they are still relatively rare occurrences. They are typically caused by defective products, poor product installation and/or maintenance, or ignored safety protocols.
If you have suffered a blast injury, whether at home, on the job, or in a car accident, you could be eligible for compensation. Get in touch with an Arizona injury lawyer at our Burg Simpson office in Phoenix by calling 602-777-7000 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.
Explosions are generated by either high-order explosives or low-order explosives, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
High-order explosives create a “supersonic over-pressurization shock wave.” Examples include “TNT, C-4, Semtex, nitroglycerin, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate fuel oil.”
Low-order explosives, by contrast, simply produce a subsonic explosion, without the shockwave. Examples include “pipe bombs, gunpowder, and most pure petroleum-based bombs, such as Molotov cocktails.”
Generally speaking, there are four different types of injuries caused by explosions:
- Primary: This injury is caused by the shockwave of the blast pushing through the body. These injuries are limited to high-order explosions. Air-filled organs, such as the lungs, are particularly vulnerable.
- Secondary: These injuries are caused by the debris from an explosion. These make up the majority of blast injuries and fatalities.
- Tertiary: These injuries are a result of someone being thrown through the air and striking another object as a result of the explosion. This can result in either blunt or penetrating trauma.
- Quaternary: This is the final, catch-all category, and simply refers to any sustained injuries that are not included in the other categories. Examples include wounds suffered as a result of exposure to fire, fumes, radiation, smoke, and/or dust, to name a few.
If an explosion has seriously injured you or a loved one, get in touch with a Phoenix personal injury attorney today. Call Burg Simpson Arizona at 602-777-7000.
If you have been seriously injured in an explosion, no matter where it happens, you could be eligible for compensation, based on:
- Economic damages refer to monetary losses suffered because of a personal injury. These can include lost wages, lost earning potential, medical bills, and any related out-of-pocket expenses.
- Non-economic damages are non-monetary losses, such as pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of consortium, etc.
In Arizona, caps on recoverable damages are prohibited by the state constitution, but statutes of limitations do exist and vary wildly based on the type of injury. So if you or a loved one has been seriously injured by an explosion, you need to speak with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer. Do not wait. Call Burg Simpson in Arizona today at 602-777-7000.
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You probably will not experience anything as life-shattering as getting caught in an explosion. If you have lost a family member or loved one in a blast – whether it was the result of a defective product or a car accident, for example – we can help. Contact our lawyers in Arizona today by calling Burg Simpson at 602-777-7000 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form right now.