One of the most spectacular incidents that a personal injury lawyer in Chollerford may have to deal with is a fire or explosion in a workplace. If a lawyer in Chollerford is handling this sort of claim then their clients are likely to have burn or scald injuries and these can be extremely serious or even life threatening. Clients who have been hurt in an explosion may have further injuries caused by the blast and an injury lawyer in Chollerford could be dealing with broken limbs or serious internal injuries such as a punctured lung.
The role of a personal injury lawyer in Chollerford in occupational fire incidents
If you locate your personal injury lawyer in Chollerford through Accident Advice Helpline then you will be allocated a workplace injury specialist. They will examine in detail the circumstances surrounding the fire or explosion in which you were hurt and set about proving whose fault it was – this is often an employer because they have control of the workplace environment.
Fires and explosions are a constant hazard in woodworking premises (workshops) because there is such a lot of sawdust around the place which is flammable. It can produce a dense fog called “wood flour” which can cause explosions. The obvious way of dealing with this is to install an extraction system and if this had not been done then this would be used as evidence that the employer was to blame. However, some explosions and fires have occurred inside the extraction system itself. It is vital to ensure that the extraction systems are working properly and that there is no source of ignition.
Evidence for this part of the personal injury legal process would take the form of investigations, photographs and witness statements. Statements could be obtained from the injured person themselves and from colleagues who either saw the accident or who could give an account of the working conditions leading up to the accident.
The role of a personal injury lawyer in Chollerford – negotiating a settlement
Once liability for the accident or incident has been established then the personal injury lawyer calculates how much money the injured person has lost because of their injury – this is called ‘out of pocket’ expenses. They look at things like lost wages, extra bills for child care, household help and personal care. This is then added to the sum awarded for the injury itself to get the final settlement figure which has to be agreed with the person who is paying the compensation. In general terms, the more serious injuries get the highest levels of compensation which makes the system fair and reasonable. Some injuries are on-going and some people never recover from their injuries – they are left dealing with permanent disabilities. The final settlement takes this into account.
Date Published: 25th January 2014
Author: David Brown