Whether you work on in the oil industry or another, it’s possible that you could be involved in a workplace explosion. The injuries that you can expect if that happens could range from traumatic amputations to soft tissue injuries.
If you’re involved in a refinery accident that causes an explosion, you need to know what to expect next. Here are some of the possible injuries you could suffer from and what you can do to get the support you need.
- Traumatic head injuries
One of the first kinds of injuries that you could suffer is a traumatic brain injury. The force of an explosion could throw you to the ground or against an object. It’s typical to see head injuries, and those could result in brain injuries.
In chemical explosions or those involving fire, it’s possible to suffer from internal and external burns. The heat of an explosion can burn the lungs, and a fire could singe the skin or lead to severe burns across the body.
- Traumatic amputations
During an explosion, it’s common to see debris be thrown around. Crushing injuries are possible, and those may lead to the need for surgical amputations. Sharp debris may cause traumatic amputations on site.
- Broken bones
Broken bones are also common in explosions. The impact of debris and other forces may crack bones. Falls or crushing injuries could result in broken bones as well.
What can you expect after suffering injuries on the job?
Immediately after suffering injuries on the job, it’s important to seek medical care. For severe injuries like these, it’s necessary to call 911 and get to a hospital as soon as possible.
After that, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation to help you get financial support. You can ask for medical care coverage as well as for the replacement of your lost wages. If you are later willing to return to work, you may be able to ask for vocational rehabilitation or other supports to help you ease back into your role.
Every case is different, so it’s worth looking into your legal options after your health is stabilized.