As an Assistant Chief in the Amherst Fire Department, Paul G. Lalonde was responsible for emergency medical services administration,code enforcement and fire investigation on a regular basis. Workplace fires or explosions can produce devastating respiratory and burn injuries, with significant disfigurement. The recovery period can be very long.
As your legal representative, Attorney Lalonde will review the cause of the incident to identify whether a third party may have some liability, possibly due to defective products or equipment, which led to the accident. Claims against responsible third parties can be pursued as a civil action in the appropriate venue. There are specific statutory provisions regarding sums recovered from third parties and possible repayment of benefits paid by the workers’ compensation insurer. Future benefits and medical expenses may be affected. It’s a good idea to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation law firm such as the Law Office of Paul G. Lalonde.
If an Employer’s simple negligence has resulted in injuries to an employee due to a fire or explosion at work, the injured party very likely will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, more serious safety violations or grossly negligent actions by an Employer who knew, or should have known that injury was probable, might justify filing a claim for double damages. If you have been injured by a fire or explosion at work, a free consultation is available to help you decide if you need an attorney with a background in the fire service, who can differentiate between simple and gross negligence by an Employer, identify a responsible third party and handle the complex litigation that may be necessary to get you everything you deserve for your injuries.