Explosion Accidents: Types of Injuries, Possible Sources Financial Support

Firefighters state that an explosion is caused by an abrupt and violent expansion of gases. Aside from the black smoke, balls of flame, scorching heat and very loud noise produce by it, an explosion also creates shock waves powerful enough to shatter glass doors and windows, cause walls to collapse, knock down doors, hurl injurious items to different directions and knock down people.

People who are near an exploding object will definitely sustain severe injuries, in addition to the trauma the experience will leave in them. On its website, Williams Kherkher gives a list of the possible severe effects an explosion can cause in a person, such as damage to the lungs, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones and severe burns – injuries that would require costly and long-term medical treatment, and which could possibly cause permanent total disability which, in turn, may result to the victim’s inability to continue work or find meaningful employment.

Other than a bomb, an explosion may also be caused by gas pipelines, gas tankers, propane, fuel barges, natural gas in boilers and furnaces, gas stoves and agricultural fertilizers (which contain ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive compound). An explosion also becomes more intense when it takes place in confined or enclosed spaces, like in an enclosed large vehicles, mines or buildings.

If an explosion takes place during the performance of work, the victim/s can apply for financial assistance from the workers’ compensation insurance benefit or workman’s comp which is intended to cover loss of   wages, medical treatment, disability, vocational rehabilitation and even death (if the explosion accident results to such).

If you had been recently unemployed, however, but have worked long enough to reach the required number of credits through payment of your Social Security taxes, then you can apply for the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Disability Insurance program, but only if your disability is total, that is, if your medical condition would last for, at least, one year, you can no longer perform the same work that you did before the disability or your disability could result to death. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has also made a list of the different illnesses/disabilities it considers qualified for disability payments; thus, if your condition is found in this list, it means you qualify outright.

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