The urban landscape of the Inland Empire is widely acclaimed for its unique architectural fabric. While it takes countless minds to build a city, it’s our construction workers who truly turn dreams into reality. These employees endure harsh working conditions on a daily basis to build the residential and commercial buildings that shape our impressive skylines. However, construction work is also one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that construction workers represent 17% of all fatal occupational injuries in California. This statistic is greatly attributed to the fact that worksite supervisors and construction managers often cut corners when it comes to employee safety. Each year, construction workers are injured and killed by falling objects, machinery and vehicle accidents, and, of course, fires and explosions.
A serious burn injury can impact all facets of your life and quickly decimate your finances. Fortunately, you are not without recourse. Contact McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP if you’ve been injured in a construction site accident. Our experienced legal team can help you pursue benefits that provide for your existing and projected medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Contact our Ontario construction accident lawyers at (909) 345-8110 to learn more about your legal options.
How Do These Accidents Occur?
Each year, construction fires and explosions account for 2% of all work-related fatalities in California. Sadly, various studies and OSHA reports confirm that most of these incidents could have been prevented if foremen, site workers, and supervisors avoided shortcuts, communicated openly, and consistently adhered to best safety practices.
A single spark can ignite a firestorm that injures or kills several workers. These tragic incidents are often caused by:
- Arc flashes and blasts
- Demolition accidents
- Electrical shortages
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Failure to extinguish an open flame
- Improperly stored chemicals
- Malfunctioning or sparking equipment
- Pressurized container explosions
- Propellant actuated tools
- Spilling flammable and combustible liquids
- Using or misusing explosives
- Vehicle accidents
You need to seek immediate medical assistance if you’ve been injured by a worksite fire or explosion. Even a minor burn injury can lead to infections, significant scarring, and other debilitating medical conditions. An experienced medical professional can assess your injuries, refer you to specialists, prescribe an effective treatment program, and update your medical record to help you secure benefits and compensation.
You can sustain the following injuries in construction site fire or explosion:
- 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-degree burn injuries
- Blast injuries
- Impact injuries
- Inhalation injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shrapnel injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Securing Benefits & Damages
All employers in Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. So, if a worker suffers an occupational injury or illness, they can request medical, disability, and wage replacement benefits by filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, this policy gets a little complicated when construction workers are involved. Some employers – or their insurers– may deny or challenge a claim just to protect their interests and avoid increased premiums. Plus, independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation in Illinois.
For this reason, it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney once your condition has stabilized. At McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, our lawyers can evaluate your legal options, investigate your case, and determine if you can pursue damages through a third-party claim. This option allows you to pursue additional damages that are separate from your workers’ compensation claim.
You may be able to file a third-party claim against:
- Individual parties (not management)
- Public utility providers
- Product manufacturers
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Contact the Ontario construction site accident attorneys at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP if you’ve been injured in a worksite incident. Our innovative legal team can maximize your claim by collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and developing a comprehensive case strategy that proves your injuries occurred during the course and scope of your employment. We aren’t afraid to negotiate or litigate against powerful insurance companies if it means securing a reasonable settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Contact McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP at (909) 345-8110 to schedule a free consultation for your fire or explosions accident case.