Emergency responders in Colorado and across the nation have difficult jobs, and they are sometimes dispatched to provide assistance in potentially hazardous environments. Even with the necessary training and safety gear, the threat of occupational injuries remains a constant concern for many firefighters. A recent incident in which a gas line was struck has left two firefighters and a water department employee with injuries.
According to reports, the incident began when employees at the water department were working to address a leak in a water line with the assistance of several firefighters. While they were clearing the surrounding area to reach the leak, investigating officials state that a gas line was struck. Gas from the line suddenly erupted into flames, and the water department employee and two firefighters were injured in the process.
All three were transported to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, and although two of them have been released, one apparently remains hospitalized. Explosions or fires can pose a significant threat to the well-being of a person, and accidents that take place under similar circumstances can be exceedingly dangerous. Those who suffer severe injuries or burns may need extensive treatment during the recovery period, which can also lead to a need for financial relief.
Those who suffer severe occupational injuries may wish to pursue financial aid, but they might be uncertain about the available outlets for relief. When facing a similar situation, a person in Colorado could speak with an attorney with experience in the area for guidance on how best to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the incident, along with the client’s injuries and financial needs, and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is eligible to receive.
Source: dallasnews.com, “2 firefighters, utility worker injured when gas ignites in Arlington“, Claire Z. Cardona, April 15, 2018