Posted On: May 20, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Worker Injured in Gas Explosion in Maryland

Eight firefighters and a gas company worker were hurt May 7 in a gas explosion next to a pregnancy clinic in Maryland.

According to this article on Philly.com, a natural gas leak occurred on May 7 at a shopping center in Prince George’s County, MD. The gas company employee who was hurt was working on a gas line at the time of the blast.

Two firefighters were admitted to the burn unit at the Washington Hospital Center.

The article said a board member of the Forestville Pregnancy Center called 911 to report the leak and then the store exploded.

The gas leak might have been caused by recent renovations in the empty storefront.

The worker who was injured here has a potential workers’ compensation claim. It may also be in a worker’s best interest to also contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims 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 an accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

In Pennsylvania, every company must 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.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated and skilled Philadelphia 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.