If you suffered injuries due to a workplace gas explosion, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you with a workers’ compensation claim. Our Smyrna, GA, gas explosions accident lawyer can recover awards for your medical treatment, lost wages, and more.
Furthermore, if your damages resulted from another party’s negligence, we may be able to assist you with a personal injury lawsuit. Our firm has fought for clients across Georgia since 2008. We can tell you more about our services and help you get started today with a risk-free consultation.
You Can Seek Workers’ Compensation for Your Gas Explosion Injuries
If you or your loved one sustained a gas explosion accident injury while on the job, workers’ compensation will likely cover some of your related financial losses. According to Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, outlined in O.C.G.A. Title 34, Chapter 9, injured workers are generally entitled to:
- Medical benefits. Your employer must provide you with a list of covered medical providers. As long as you seek treatment from an authorized physician, workers’ compensation should pay for your necessary medical treatment for up to 400 weeks (or longer if you have a catastrophic injury). Benefits may include ambulance transportation, emergency services, burn care, surgeries, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, mobility aids, medications, nursing services, and more.
- Wage replacement benefits. Workers’ compensation provides up to two-thirds of your weekly wages if you cannot work due to your gas explosion injury. There is a wage benefits cap of $725 per week, and benefits can last up to 400 weeks. However, the amount of wage replacement you qualify for and for how long will depend on the severity of your injuries, your pre-injury wages, and whether you can perform any type of work while you heal. Those with catastrophic injuries may be eligible for lifetime benefits.
Workers’ compensation also pays death benefits to the families of fatally injured workers. If your loved one died from a gas explosion injury, we can help you recover their medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and wage replacement benefits.
Who Can Apply for Benefits?
As the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC) notes, Georgia employers with three or more employees (including regular part-time workers) must provide workers’ compensation insurance. If you work for a covered employer and your injury happened while on the job, you can file a claim for benefits.
Workers’ compensation death benefits are available to the deceased’s surviving spouse and dependent children or stepchildren.
How Long Do You Have to Take Action?
You must report your workplace injury to your employer immediately if you have not already done so. Failure to report your accident within 30 days of its occurrence may result in a denial of your workers’ compensation claim.
If you do not receive benefits or disagree with your settlement, you have one year from receiving notice from the insurance company to request a hearing with the SBWC. Our Smyrna gas explosions accident lawyer can help you appeal denied claims and represent you during your hearing.
For a free legal consultation with a gas explosion accidents lawyer serving Smyrna, call (404) 888-8888
Our Smyrna Attorneys Can Assist With a Gas Explosion Lawsuit
You usually cannot sue an employer who carries workers’ compensation insurance. However, you can take legal action against a liable third party (such as a subcontractor or equipment manufacturer) if you can prove their negligent, wrongful, or reckless actions caused your injury. Examples of negligence that could lead to (or worsen) a gas explosion accident include:
- Improper storage or handling of gas/combustible materials
- Uncontrolled ignition sources
- Leaking gas lines or storage tanks
- Overheated equipment due to lack of cleaning or maintenance
- Lack of fire safety policies and procedures
- Lack of personal safety equipment
Our lawyers can investigate your accident, determine if there are liable third parties, and gather evidence proving negligence.
Personal Injury Damages
If a third party is at fault for your injuries, we can pursue damages with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to your medical treatment and lost wages, we may be able to recover additional losses not covered by workers’ compensation, such as:
- Lost income, benefits, and earnings. A lawsuit allows you to recover the total value of your lost wages, not just a portion. Our Savannah attorneys can also seek awards for your lost health and retirement benefits, lost future earning capacity, or income a deceased loved one would have earned and saved had they lived.
- Property damages. If your personal vehicle, tools, or other property sustained damage, we can pursue the value of repairs or replacements.
- Pain and suffering. Also called noneconomic compensation, these damages award victims for physical pain, mental anguish, emotional suffering, inconvenience, and lost quality of life. We can also seek noneconomic damages for the loss of a loved one’s counsel, guidance, care, and companionship.
According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you have two years to file your gas explosion accident case. If you do not adhere to the statute of limitations, the court will likely dismiss your case. Our attorneys can help you get started before time expires.
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Our Firm Gets Results for Injured Workers
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers values its clients, which is why we put their needs at the center of everything we do. When you work with us, we promise:
- You will communicate with your lawyer or case manager the same day you call.
- You will receive frequent and timely case updates.
- We will answer your questions and address your concerns without using confusing “legalese.”
- We will treat you with dignity, compassion, and respect while providing personalized legal services.
- We will not charge upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees.
We have secured multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our workers’ compensation case results include:
- $5 million for a claim involving a brain injury
- $1.9 million for a claim involving paralysis
- $400,000 for the family of a fatally injured worker
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Let Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Fight for You After a Smyrna Gas Explosion Accident
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