The construction industry is responsible for about 15% of all burn fatal occupational injuries. These tragedies almost always occur due to unsafe conditions in the workplace. While in most cases you cannot sue your employer directly, due to the Worker’s Compensation Act, you may still file personal injury claims against a third-party that may be responsible for your injuries. Such third parties include contractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers, and manufacturers.
Types of burns:
- First-degree burns. This is the least dangerous type of burn, it affects the top layer of skin only and can usually heal without medical intervention.
- Second-degree burns. Moderate burns affecting the first two skin layers. Extremely painful, these result in a deep red skin color and usually require medical assistance.
- Third-degree burns. These are the most dangerous type of burns, resulting in a leathery, patchy skin and requiring immediate medical treatment.
Common burn accidents on construction sites:
- Burns resulted from contact with live electrical currents are the most common on a construction site. Unfortunately, workers often stumble upon loose electrical wires. Electrical currents can cause severe internal damage, leading to death.
- Thermal burns are also very common, especially among roofers or other types of workers who work with hot materials like asphalt or tar. Thermal burns are caused by direct contact with any hot surface or flames.
- Although they are the least common, chemical burns can also have dangerous consequences, including death. Workers are often required to work with strong, harmful chemicals. Chemical burns occur when one of these substances come into contact with the skin, burning through it. Chemical eye burns are especially common since regular, widely-used chemicals, like paints, plumbing products or bleach, can cause them.
If you have suffered burns at your workplace, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to review your case and help you recover the monetary compensation that you deserve. Call John M. O’Brien & Associates for a free case evaluation.