The Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office reported that three people in the state suffered gruesome injuries in fireworks accidents including one worker at a fireworks show who suffered major injuries. According to a news report, a worker in Ohio was transported to a hospital where he has already had two surgeries on his leg and is currently being treated for burn injuries. The worker was reportedly trained as a registered assistant and had worked for his company for a decade. No matter how much experience you have on the job, injuries and accidents do happen. If you are injured on the job in Rhode Island, do not hesitate to contact an experienced RI workers’ compensation lawyer.
How Exactly Was The Worker Injured?
Officials say something went wrong during the fireworks show that caused the tube to fail and the charge to come off the bottom, causing an explosion. The company that did the show says it is checking products being used in upcoming shows to make sure they are safe. The company employs more than 250 workers during the holiday season and does about 100 shows. Elsewhere in the state, a man lost his hand and another person suffered serious head and facial injuries as a result of fireworks-related accidents. Fireworks are a summer favorite across the nation, but can be extremely dangerous to everyone, including professionals. Fireworks become more readily available to everyone during the summer, so we urge you to exercise extreme caution when using even the smallest of fireworks, as these injuries can lead to a RI burn injury lawsuit.
What Is The Cause of Most Firework Accidents?
Sometimes, fireworks accidents are caused by misuse. But a number of incidents or injuries occur because of dangerous or defectively manufactured fireworks. When defectively manufactured fireworks malfunction, the injuries could be magnified. These injuries could occur in many ways. For example, improperly manufactured fireworks can explode prematurely before individuals have moved a safe distance away.
In other instances, a defective fuse may ignite the explosive powders in the firework causing it to explode in an unexpected manner. In the case of fireworks that are designed to become airborne such as bottle rockets, they could take unpredictable flight paths injuring onlookers or striking nearby vehicles or buildings. Fireworks could result in a variety of catastrophic injuries such as loss of eyesight, severe lacerations caused by debris or damaged casings, burn injuries and even limb amputations.
Workers’ Compensation Issues
When workers are injured by fireworks during the course of their employment, they may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits through their employers, which help pay medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In fireworks-related incidents that were caused by poor manufacturing or malfunction, they may be able to file what is known as a third-party claim against the fireworks manufacturing company. Such a claim could help workers obtain monetary support in serious injury cases where workers’ compensation benefits alone might not suffice.
Contact d’Oliveira & Associates Today!
If you have been injured on the job, it is important that you take a few precautions to protect your rights. First off, report the incident right away to your employer and/or supervisor and try to preserve as much physical evidence from the scene. Be sure to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. We are working with some of the most experienced workers’ compensation lawyers across the country, who help injured workers seek and obtain maximum support for their losses regularly. They will not charge any fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll-free at 800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a free (no obligation) and comprehensive consultation.