Three National Grid workers were injured in a Brooklyn gas explosion on Friday, June 22, 2018.
The workers were burned on their arms and faces. All three were taken to the Cornell Burn Unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Two were treated and released; one is being held for observation. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
The explosion happened as the workers were searching for a gas leak on Union Avenue in Williamsburg. Crews remained on the scene after the incident, searching for the source of the leak.
Brooklyn Gas Explosion Injuries
There are many kinds of burn injuries, and health professionals classify them according to how bad they are.
First degree burns are the least dangerous burns. In first degree burns, the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, is burned. They probably hurt, but are not that serious, and they heal without scarring.
Second degree burns happen when the burn has penetrated the epidermis and affected the dermis, the layer underneath. These burns cause more pain, and may leave scars.
Third degree burns are very serious. They have penetrated the epidermis, the dermis, and have reached the fat layer underneath the skin and nerves. These burns make the skin look waxy, charred, or leathery. They may not hurt at first, because they have destroyed the nerve endings in the burn area. They always leave scars, and can be life-threatening.
The most dangerous burns are fourth degree burns, where the muscle, tendons, blood vessels and bone are damaged.
Your Rights When Recovering from a Gas Explosion
If you have been injured in a gas explosion or other accident, you may need advanced medical care now, and possibly in the future. You may need physical therapy, reconstructive or plastic surgery. You may not be able to work for awhile.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are experts at protecting the rights of people who have been injured. They have years of experience, and have won cases for their clients that are worth millions of dollars. They will visit you in the hospital or at your home. They are experts at sifting through the evidence and advocating for you and anything you need.
If you wonder if you have a legal case, you can find out for free. Call them at 1-888-377-8900, and tell them what happened. They can tell you about all of your options, without you incurring any obligation.
Rayman, Graham. “Brooklyn gas explosion injures three National Grid workers — one seriously.” New York Daily News, June 22, 2018.
Waller, Derick. “3 National Grid workers suffer burns to face, arms in Brooklyn gas explosion.” ABC7NY, June 22, 2018.