The recent tragic events in Boston and Texas highlight the devastation that can be brought about by explosions, regardless of what causes them. In West, Texas, 14 people were killed after an explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant and in Boston, three lost their lives after two brothers set off homemade pressure cooker bombs at the city’s iconic marathon. In Texas and Boston, where the circumstances were completely different, investigators are working round-the-clock to determine precisely what occurred. But, what is common in both incidents is the suffering of the victims.
In Boston, although the number of fatalities was relatively low, many victims suffered amputation injuries. These individuals are dealing with a new reality – the fact that they may never be able to use their arms or legs again. Of course, they are lucky to be alive. But, they have a long road to recovery in the sense that they may never be able to return to their jobs or in that they may have to learn to use prosthetic limbs. In West, Texas, an entire town is trying to pick up the pieces and move on. In both these tragedies, we have seen how explosions not only affect individuals and families, but entire communities.
Steps to Take after an Explosion
After a catastrophic event such as an explosion, it is normal to feel overwhelmed or shocked. However, it is also important that victims take several steps to ensure that their legal rights are protected.
- File a police report. Make sure that your account of the incident gets into the report.
- Seek prompt medical attention. This is important even if you have not suffered any apparent injuries. Getting immediate medical attention will help maximize your chances of a speedy and complete recovery.
- Contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies require you to report these types of incidents immediately.
- Take photographs of your injuries and property loss.
- Document all your expenses. This includes emergency transportation, emergency room costs, hospitalization and other medical expenses. Also make a note of how long you missed work and how much you lost in terms of earnings and wages.
- Keep a journal. In addition to material losses, also maintain and journal about your injuries and the pain you are going through. Write about what you can or cannot do or activities you cannot perform due to your injuries.
Protect Your Rights
If you have suffered injuries in an explosion caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is critical that you seek the counsel and guidance of an experienced California explosion lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected. Often, these types of cases can be challenging because of their complexity and the number of potentially liable parties. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will be able to work through the details of the investigation and ensure that victims receive fair and full compensation for their significant losses.