The Types of Injuries from Plant Explosions

Last updated on: June 11, 2015


Plant explosions can inflict devastating injuries to workers and members of the community that live or work nearby.  Usually, injuries sustained in a plant explosion are related to the extreme heat that is generated during an explosion.  Plant explosions can create temperatures approaching or even exceeding a thousand degrees in heat.  These temperatures are so high that they will essentially vaporize anything in the direct vicinity.  For humans too close to an explosion, death will occur.  Even those standing hundreds of yards from the explosion may suffer third degree burns across their body.  

Heat is not the sole cause of plant explosion injuries.  The force of the blast can also inflict a wide array of injuries.  The blast can throw people to the ground and crush entire infrastructures.  Falling objects, including pieces of buildings, can inflict deadly injuries, broken bones, amputations, and damage to internal organs, the brain, and spinal cord.  The force of a plant explosion has been compared to that of a plane crash.  

Physical injuries are just a part of the injuries experienced by plant explosion victims.  The aftermath of an explosion can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder in many, which makes it hard for victims to return to their previous level of functioning.  

The following is a look at some of the most common injuries inflicted in a plant explosion:

  1. Burns:  The heat generated by a plant explosion is tremendous, often spiking into the thousands of degrees.  Exposure to this immense heat can cause severe burns.  The chemicals released in an explosion also have the power to inflict serious chemical burns.  Not only are burns among the most painful of all injuries, they can result in long term scarring and disfigurement.  Burns may require multiple surgeries and years of recovery time, depending upon their severity.
  2. Lacerations:  The victims of plant explosions can experience serious lacerations due to falling debris or the force of the explosion.  Whether a shallow gash or deep wound, all lacerations are painful and will generally require stitching.  More severe lacerations may result in permanent scarring.
  3. Orthopedic injuries:  Injuries that are orthopedic in nature include injuries to the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments within the body.  This can include broken limbs, damaged vertebrae, skull fractures, sprains, and strains.  Most of these injuries will be sustained in the initial blast due to debris exploding from the building.
  4. Acoustic trauma:  The noise involved in an explosion is extremely dangerous.  Noise induced hearing loss is a major injury suffered by those near the site of the explosion.
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder:  Some injuries are not physical but mental and emotional.  Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious anxiety related disorder that leaves plant explosion victims in a state of persistent fear.  This devastating condition can take months or years of treatment to allow the victim to return to previous levels of functioning.

Zinda Law Group:  Experienced Texas Plant Explosion Attorneys

Plant explosions can result in serious injuries, including burns, smoke or chemical inhalation, and much more.  Property damage may encompass entire homes and city blocks, making any plant explosion a catastrophic event.  If you have been injured in a plant explosion, the Texas Plant Explosion Attorneys at Zinda Law Group are here to help.  We understand the devastating nature of any plant explosion, particularly preventable explosions caused by negligence.  Our experienced attorneys offer the skilled assistance you need to obtain your maximum compensation.  Our talented attorney team offers a free consultation to new clients and has several convenient office locations in Austin and across Texas.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your right to file a claim following any plant explosion is time sensitive.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to start on your path to a full recovery.