Worker Injured by Blast at Chemical Plant
An explosion at a chemical plant near St. Louis, MO left a worker badly burned and the plant damaged.
According to this article by the Associated Press on Philly.com, the explosion happened on April 12 at the SantoLubes LLC plant. It occurred in a building that housed different chemicals to produce insecticides after workers began a mixing process.
The injured worker was hospitalized and has burns over 30% of his body.
Like any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment, this chemical plant worker has a potential workers’ compensation claim. A workplace accident in Philadelphia and throughout the nation can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.
It is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job, or even if death results from their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, lost wages and death benefits. Workers’ compensation exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers. Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania is a no-fault insurance system, which means that no guilt needs to be proved in a case; only that the injury sustained occurred while on the job.
It may be in the worker’s and their family’s best interest, however, to also contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in Philadelphia who will carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.
Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated and skilled PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.