An explosion can leave a victim with severe burns and many other types of injuries. Every worker expects that their employer has taken the proper precautions to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, some explosions at worksites can be the fault of an employer or possibly a coworker. If you or a family member were injured in a blast, you should consult with an experienced Miami explosion injury lawyer today.
Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA will work tirelessly to fight for employees that were injured while simply trying to do their jobs. We recognize how a work injury can impact your life and finances, and our Miami explosion injury lawyers are here for you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA at (305) 694-2676, or contact us online.
Common Types of Explosion + Blast Injuries in Miami
Factory and plant explosions can be severely hazardous to workers and others in the vicinity of the blast. In some cases, a large explosion could even cause long-term injuries to others outside of the blast radius. Understanding the extent of these injuries and the treatment a victim may need to cope with it is important when considering filing a lawsuit for compensation.
The following is a list of common types of injuries that may be caused by explosions in Miami, Florida:
Blast lung or pulmonary barotrauma is one of the most common types of injuries among victims of explosions that survived the initial blast. Blast lung is caused by the sudden change in air pressure that typically occurs during an explosion.
There are a number of signs and symptoms of blast lung like hypotension. Hypotension is an unsafe drop in blood pressure that could be characterized by fatigue, nausea, blurry vision, and even depression. Other pulmonary injuries that can be linked to blast lung include:
- Dyspnea – Labored breathing
- Hemoptysis – Bleeding in the airways and blood-stained mucus
- Bradycardia – Decreased heart rate that could cause heart failure
- Confluent hemorrhages – Bleeding in the lungs
The type of ear injury a victim may sustain during a blast will depend on how close they were to the blast, and the orientation of their ear when the blast occurred. A tympanic membrane perforation, also referred to as a ruptured eardrum is a hole or tear in the tissues of the ear canal that can be caused by an explosion. This injury is identified by mucus or blood drainage from the ear, hearing loss, and pain in the ear.
While a ruptured eardrum is the most likely injury a person will suffer after an explosion, a person may also experience vertigo (spinning sensation), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other issues.
The gases in a section of a person’s GI tract may interact with other gases during an explosion and result in a variety of abdominal injuries. These injuries may include:
- perforation of the bowels
- internal bleeding in various areas that could cause hematomas and other issues
- Cuts or lacerations in the organs in the abdomen
- Testicular rupture
If a victim of an explosion is experiencing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, rectal or testicular pain, or other similar injuries, they should seek medical attention immediately.
Brain injuries can result even if a victim was not in the blast radius. These injuries may include concussions or a traumatic brain injury depending on the proximity of the blast to the victim. For example, if a victim was close to the blast radius, the force of the blast could cause them a traumatic brain injury that may be severe enough to cause some level of paralysis.
Other signs and symptoms of brain injuries include consistent headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, insomnia, and many other issues.
If you were injured in an explosion at your workplace or in another area, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit, you should be aware that your case is subject to the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations places a four-year filing deadline on personal injury claims in the State of Florida.
If a plaintiff does not file their claim within those four years, the court may bar their claim. Despite the substantial amount of time that a victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit, there are benefits to filing the lawsuit as soon as possible. For example, it will make it easier for you and your attorney to gather the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Work with an Experienced Miami Explosion Injury Attorney You Can Trust
If you or a family member was injured in an explosion, contact an experienced Miami explosion injury lawyer today. Injury lawyer Prosper Shaked has a wealth of experience in complex injury claims, and he is dedicated to fighting for victims of workplace injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your legal situation, contact Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676.