Despite the many safety requirements and regulations, construction sites are dangerous places where injuries often occur. There are many flammable and explosive materials at these sites that could cause accidents when handled improperly.
Fires and explosions at Kenosha construction sites cause injuries to many workers each year. If you or a loved one was a victim of this type of accident, speak with a dedicated attorney at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. We have over thirty years of experience handling these types of claims and could help you recover the compensation you need for your losses.
Causes of Kenosha Worksite Fires and Explosions
Fires and explosions occur for various reasons. For one, industrial chemicals or gases may be stored under high pressure or in overheated storage units. When released, these chemicals or gases could catch fire before exploding.
Our seasoned attorneys have handled claims involving many different causes of fires and explosions at local construction sites, such as frayed power lines, power surges, or sparks from metal saws that cause items around the site to catch fire. Additionally, vehicles storing chemicals or gases can overheat or leak oil, which could start a fire. Underground construction sites are particularly susceptible to a buildup of gases if they are not ventilated properly.
Liability for Construction Zone Accidents
Depending on the circumstances of the blast, various parties could be liable for a construction zone accident. Fires and explosions could be caused by a vendor’s inadequate storage and delivery protocols. The construction company might have overlooked appropriate storage and safety measures. Other workers might improperly handle the tools or materials that cause these incidents.
Common defendants in claims involving construction zone fires and explosions include vendors, construction companies, subcontractors, and public utilities. The skilled attorneys at our Kenosha office could help determine the liable party for a construction site fire or explosion.
Damages for Fire and Explosion Injuries
Victims of these accidents could be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. These benefits pay for a victim’s medical expenses and lost wages. Although workers’ compensation prevents the injured employee from suing their employer, they could still file a civil claim against a third party.
An injured victim could simultaneously receive workers’ compensation payments and file a third-party lawsuit to recover the full value of their case. However, it can be difficult to manage this legal process without help from a diligent lawyer at our law firm who handles construction site fires and explosions.
Types of Compensation Available to Construction Accident Victims
Compensation available after a fire or explosion on a construction site is similar to the compensation sought in most other personal injury claims. These damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
To build a strong case for recovery, an injured victim’s attorney may collect medical records, witness statements, and tax records, along with the victim’s account of the incident. A construction accident victim could recover compensation in a settlement or by taking their case to trial.
Under WI Stat § 893.54, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Wrongful death lawsuits carry a two-year statute of limitations. This means that an injured victim or their family have a limited amount of time after a construction site accident to file a claim for compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims for Construction Zone Accidents
Compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit is slightly different than in a personal injury claim. The victim’s family may recover the future earnings and medical expenses of their deceased loved one. The lawsuit may also recover burial costs, final expenses, and possible probate costs.
Call a Kenosha Attorney for Fires and Explosions at Construction Sites
Fires and explosions at Kenosha construction sites can lead to lifelong suffering and significant medical costs. However, victims and their families may have options for recovering workers’ compensation or pursuing civil claims for their losses.
At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., our skilled legal professionals could collect evidence and help you build a strong case for recovery. Let our compassionate legal team handle your case while you focus on healing from your injuries. Contact our office for a consultation today.