Illinois Man Dies After Suffering Severe Burns in Gas Explosion

An Illinois burn injury lawyer notes that a worker who suffered severe burns after a gas pipeline explosion has died of his injuries. The 44-year-old construction worker was part of a crew excavating a site when they hit a gas line causing a massive explosion. Many times following a severe job site accident, workers’ compensation benefits are not enough to cover all of the damages sustained by a worker who is killed or injured. When an on the job accident is the fault of a party other than the employer, an Illinois personal injury attorney can help injured parties recover compensation for their damages.

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Report: Construction Worker Died Three Weeks After Suffering Third Degree Burns

An Illinois construction worker who suffered severe burns during a gas line explosion in early April 2016 has passed away due to his injuries. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the man sustained burns to about 70 percent of his body when the crew that he was working with unexpectedly struck a gas line during excavation work and set off a large explosion. The man underwent treatment for third-degree burns for several weeks, and he was initially expected to make a recovery. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries about three weeks after the accident occurred.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still in the process of investigating the accident and assessing whether the construction crew or their employer may have violated any safety regulations or otherwise acted negligently. By law, OSHA has up to six months from the date of a workplace accident to determine whether there was negligence or safety regulations were violated, the website reported.

Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Enough

When an employee is injured or killed in a job site accident, usually the employer will have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and provides some reimbursement for lost wages, but often this compensation is not enough to cover all of the losses experienced in a severe construction site accident.

When a party other than the employer is responsible for a job site accident, additional compensation can be recovered. Property owners, general contractors, and manufacturers of industrial equipment can all be held responsible to on the job and workplace accidents.

If a party other than your employer caused an injury or death, a personal injury lawyer can help you or a family member recover compensation beyond workers’ compensation.

How an Illinois Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help

If a victim suffers a burn injury caused by the wrongdoing or negligence of another party, he or she may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Disfigurement
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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