A gasoline truck driver has filed a lawsuit against property owners after being severely burned during a gas station explosion that occured about 20 miles south of Jacksonville.
The victim and his attorney blame the gas station owner for not having the proper systems in place to alert workers when the above-ground tank was full. The victim’s job was to fill the tank, but he did not realize that it was already full. When he attempted to fill the tank, it overflowed and erupted into flames, burning him severely. The man has lost the use of both arms and is in extreme pain. The lawsuit states that the gas station ownr did not comply with regulations to prevent accidental spills.
In a workplace accident like this one, the injured person may have two different claims: a worker’s compensation claim; and a personal injury claim. This can happen when someone other than the injured person’s employer negligently caused an injury. The interplay between worker’s compensation and personal injury law can be complex and it is beneficial to hire a law firm that handles both.
Burn injuries can be one of the most devastating injuries a person can endure, both physically and mentally. Approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported every year in the United States and many victims face years of serious health challenges.
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