Chemical fires can occur in several ways, involving spontaneous combustion, chemical reactions, or exposing flammable chemicals to an ignition source. Most chemical fire accidents occur at work, although they may happen at home or another location. If you suffered injuries in a chemical fire accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation through workers’ compensation and/or a personal injury lawsuit. A chemical fire accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA can help.
The team from Berger and Green will evaluate your case for free and can explain your options for trying to get the money you need to make ends meet and reimburse you for your losses. Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 to get started with your complimentary consultation.
Understanding Your Options After a Chemical Fire Accident
There are three general ways we may be able to help you get compensation after a Pittsburgh chemical fire accident and injury. These include:
Helping You Get Workers’ Compensation
We can help you navigate the complicated workers’ compensation process. If your accident and injury occurred at work, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. While this process is sometimes more complicated than it needs to be, we can help you file your claim or appeal a denial. We can also help you fight if the insurer refuses to pay out the amount of cash benefits you deserve.
Helping You Identify Liable Third Parties
While you cannot hold your employer or a co-worker liable in a workplace accident, we may be able to help you identify another party whose negligence caused or contributed to the chemical fire and your injuries.
Often this is a property owner, general contractor, or another company who works on the same site. If we can identify a liable third party, you may be eligible to file an injury lawsuit against them to collect compensation for your full range of injury-related damages. You can pursue these damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
Help You File for Social Security Disability
If you suffered long-term or permanent impairments because of the injuries you suffered and now you cannot work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. We can check your application before you file, or help you fight a denial if you already applied. Contact our disability attorneys today to learn more about filing for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits: 412-661-1400.
Recoverable Damages in a Pittsburgh Chemical Fire Accident
Your recoverable damages and the compensation you can get depends on the options available to you after your chemical fire injuries. Most people will qualify for at least workers’ compensation benefits if their injuries occurred at work.
Benefits Available from Workers’ Compensation
If you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you should be able to obtain:
- Medical care and treatment related to your injuries
- About two-thirds of your regular wages for a limited time
- Temporary total disability or permanent partial disability benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses for family members of someone who died in a workplace chemical fire accident
Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If we can show another party acted negligently and caused your accident and injuries, we may be able to negotiate an insurance settlement or win a personal injury verdict. This could allow you to recover a wide range of damages that include all your related losses and expenses. For example:
- Medical bills and related costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Other accident and injury-related expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
If your loved one passed away in a chemical fire accident, we may be able to help you file a wrongful death claim and recover additional damages. Reach out to our team today to learn if you may be eligible to recover compensation after the death of your family member.
Let Our Team Help You Fight for Compensation After a Chemical Fire Accident in Pittsburgh, PA
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Pittsburgh chemical fire accident, we can help you understand your options for getting compensation. We will help you navigate the workers’ compensation process and/or file a personal injury lawsuit against the party(s) who caused the fire. If we accept your case, we will:
- Protect your right to compensation
- Handle all communication with attorneys, the insurer, and the negligent party
- Fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve
- Investigate your accident and injuries
- Collect evidence to prove negligence and liability
- Document your injuries, prognosis, and future medical needs
- File an insurance claim and negotiate for a fair settlement
- Pursue a personal injury lawsuit if necessary
- Represent your best interests throughout the process
It is crucial that you act quickly after suffering injuries in a chemical fire accident. Pennsylvania, like all other states, sets strict limits on how long you have to file for workers’ compensation, file a personal injury lawsuit, or take other action against the liable parties. We recommend you reach out to us as soon as possible after your injuries. Let our injury team review your case and explain how you can get the full compensation available.
Talk to a Chemical Fire Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
At Berger and Green, our injury attorneys can help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need, identify a third party who caused your injuries and hold them liable, and even file for disability if you suffer a permanent impairment and cannot work. We offer complimentary case reviews and consultations. We can help you understand your options and explain how we may be able to recover compensation for you through one or more of these processes.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 to talk to a member of our team about your case.