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Man suffers burns in work accident -- long recovery ahead

All occupations hold some degree of risk. Most workers in North Carolina are aware of many of the obvious risks associated with their jobs, but there are some that they cannot reasonably anticipate. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man has recently suffered injuries in a work accident that left him with burns on a large percentage of his body.

The incident happened one day in late March. According to reports, the 21-year-old -- who also serves as a captain in the fire department -- was working at a petroleum company at the time of the incident. Reports indicate that he was attempting to open a waste oil tank with a saw.

Unfortunately, a spark reportedly ignited fumes in the tank, causing what reports called a flash fire. The worker was transported to the hospital before being transferred to a different facility. The young worker reportedly suffered first and second-degree burns to approximately 70 percent of his body. Some say that he faces a lengthy and difficult recovery.

A young man who dedicates part of his life to protecting and rescuing others is now facing injuries suffered in a work accident that will likely prevent him from working for an extended period of time. Between loss of wages and medical expenses, he may be wondering how he will meet his financial obligations. Fortunately, those injured at work are often entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. These benefits can provide for a variety of the financial complications that come from injuries suffered at work. Many people in North Carolina who deserve such benefits seek professional help to guide them through the compensation process; by doing so, they can focus on their recovery rather than negotiations with an insurance company.

Source: delmarvanow.com, "Lewes captain ID'd as oil tank explosion victim", Doug Ferrar, March 29, 2017

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