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Injuries from Explosions in Indiana

Explosions are frightening events, the unexpected noise, tremors, debris, fire and fumes often being experienced by those at quite a distance from the site as well as those in the immediate vicinity.

The explosion that takes you by surprise may cause injuries and medical expenses that are also shocking, leaving you wondering how your family will fare in the future.

The Indiana explosion attorneys of McNeely Stephenson in Indianapolis have been bringing resolution to victims of unwelcome surprises since 1981. We can help you recover compensation when the actions of a negligent person or business have resulted in an explosion that caused your harm.

Use our online contact form or call 1-855-206-2555 for a free consultation about your potential personal injury claim.

Here, There and Everywhere

The list of possible explosion sites is practically endless, because a blast can happen anywhere fuel, chemicals or electricity are in use.
McNeely Stephenson can help you after any one of the following types of explosions:

  • Vehicle gas tank or fuel line fire and explosion
  • Furnace explosion
  • Boiler explosion
  • Exploding water heater
  • Transformer accident
  • Propane tank explosion
  • Gas grill accident
  • Airplane crash
  • Ammunition explosion
  • Power generator explosion
  • Chemical reaction
  • Dust explosion
  • Bombs and other acts of terrorism.

Workplace Accidents

Some of the most deadly workplace disasters in history involved explosions. Such incidents often occur because the employer fails to properly address a known safety hazard.

  • A 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant killed 15, injured more than 150 and damaged dozens of homes and businesses. The following year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board announced its finding that the fire and explosion of ammonium nitrate were due to the failure of company officials to safely store the chemicals in its stockpile.
  • A 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11, injured 17 and resulted in the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Reports said management knew key safety equipment had been compromised in earlier incidents, but chose to ignore the potential for disaster.
  • Also in 2010, a Huntsville, Alabama, plant that manufactured rocket fuel was the scene of a fiery explosion. Federal investigators later cited the plant’s owners for six serious violations and willfully exposing workers to fire and explosive hazards without proper protection.

Employers may be held liable for many actions or omissions which have led to workplace explosions, injuries and deaths, including the following:

  • Violating safety regulations
  • Providing inadequate safety training for employees
  • Failing to provide necessary protective gear
  • Allowing a known dangerous condition to persist
  • Failing to reasonably inspect working conditions and/or premises
  • Using faulty or outdated technology or equipment
  • Failing to maintain equipment
  • Failing to address fire or electrical hazards
  • Improperly storing chemicals or other materials.

Injuries Suffered in Explosions

There are four categories of injuries associated with explosions:

  1. Primary blast injuries are caused by the enormous pressure of air on body parts. These injuries commonly involve the ears, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.
  2. Secondary injuries are those caused by flying objects which strike those near the explosion.
  3. A high-energy explosion may knock someone off their feet and propel them through the air. The injuries suffered when they hit the ground or an object are tertiary blast injuries.
  4. All of the other injuries that occur as the result of an explosion are classified as quaternary injuries and may include crush injuries, burns and inhalation of toxic gases.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Why you should call McNeely Stephenson.

Explosion accidents may involve more than one area of the law, such as personal injury, worker’s compensation, product liability, premises liability, and more. The injuries suffered in an explosion are likely to be serious, with long-lasting consequences. Because of the complex nature of catastrophic claims, you should make sure your legal advocate has the experience and the resources to successfully pursue those responsible for your injuries. Call McNeely Stephenson at 1-855-206-2555 to find out how we can help you.

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