Employee Injured in H.H. Gregg Fire
A fire at an H.H. Gregg warehouse occurred during the last week of March, which led to an employee being hospitalized for a smoke inhalation injury. The injury occurred as the employee, who was trying to put out the fire using a fire extinguisher, was smothered by the smoke. Smoke inhalation injuries are extremely common in structure fires. Victims often inhale so much smoke in such a short period of time, that the oxygen to their brain is cut off, causing them to lose consciousness. Prolonged exposure is deadly.
Apart from the usual workers’ compensation benefits available for such injuries, which depends on the extent of injury and the period of inability to work, the injured employee can file a suit for punitive damages, citing that the injury was due to the negligence of the employer. In this case, the employee can argue that the employer neglected to make gas masks or other safety features available that would have prevented him from inhaling the smoke. The employee can also cite the employer’s negligence in observing safety precautions, which may have caused the fire in the first place.
However, securing compensation is not a simple matter of conjuring up plausible causes, even when these reasons are genuine and have legal validity. Convincing a judge and jury requires much more effort.
Wagner Reese, with its team of experienced Indiana work injury attorneys, and our track record of securing compensation for our clients, is the right choice to represent you in your work injury case. Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation, and schedule your free evaluation to review your case and help you understand your legal rights.