Gas explosions have devastating impacts on those involved. Oftentimes, victims of gas explosions suffer both physical and psychological injuries that require extensive medical care and that change their lives forever.
Injuries from gas explosions typically fall into one of three categories: blast injuries, blast-related injuries, and psychological injuries.
Blast Injuries are the result of the pressure wave generated by an explosion. The blast pressure has an impact on organs and tissues, but also can send debris or people through the air causing penetrating and blunt trauma injuries. The extent of blast injuries is greater the closer you are to the explosion. The great force of the blast commonly leads to injuries to the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, middle ear, and brain.
Beyond injuries resulting from the sheer force of explosions, the blast also leads to injuries caused by impacts and flying debris. Blunt trauma experienced from impacts often results in fractures and brain injuries. To make matters even worse, there are the projectiles generated by the blast. Flying debris commonly leads to traumatic amputations, eye injuries, and other penetrating injuries.
Gas explosions often include other factors that lead to injuries, such as fire, building collapse, and release of toxic substances. Resulting injuries often included burns, crush injuries, brain injuries, asthma, and other breathing problems from dust, smoke, or toxic fumes. Burn injuries in particular can leave victims with long-lasting side effects, which typically require lengthy and costly medical treatment.
While the physical injuries sustained in a blast can be devastating, the resulting psychological damage sustained may be greater and occur in the absence of physical injuries. It is not uncommon for victims of gas explosions to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Gas explosions can have significant impacts on mental health as a result of either being unable to work, being a caregiver for an injured family member, or because of scarring and disfigurement. Victims left with permanent scars often experience emotional and mental challenges and find their lives forever changed.
Courts often find victims entitled to compensation for both the physical and psychological injuries they suffer as a result of someone else’s actions. Victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, or physical impairment.
Experienced Tucson Gas Explosion Attorneys
Whether a gas explosion occurs at home or in the workplace, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. At Zinda Law Group, our Tucson gas explosion lawyers will fight tirelessly to protect your legal rights and to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
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