Anyone who has ever experienced a minor burn knows how painful it can be, so imagine the level of pain a person has to endure for a major 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree burn. The American Burn Association estimating that 500,000 burn injuries take place that require medical treatment and a staggering 4,000 fire and burn deaths occur every year. Everyone is at risk for burn injuries without even leaving their homes. However, burn injuries may also harm employees while they are simply doing their usual and customary job.
Work-related burn injuries and deaths are often preventable incidents that can be traced to the careless act of another worker, improper training, or an employer's negligence in allowing defective work equipment to be used and/or in disregarding well-established safety regulations.
The risk for burn injuries are greatest in factories or on construction sites that have fuel tanks, water heaters, boilers, or gasoline or other flammable materials present. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries result from welding accidents, machinery accidents, industrial explosions, electrocution accidents, compressed gas injuries, flash fires, and other various chemical accidents and exposure. Burn injuries can be extremely painful; some can also cause excessive skin damage that can take years to correct, and, may require reconstructive surgery. Some burn victims may additionally suffer from temperature sensitivity or nerve damage for the rest of their lives.
When burn injuries sustained at work are caused by the fault of another person or contractor, an injured victim has the legal right to seek compensation beyond what workers' compensation may offer. As a New Jersey burn victim, you may also be able to receive monies for future loss of wages, physical pain, suffering, scarring and disfigurement, life care expenses, and vocational rehabilitation.
Don't allow your rights slip away. Learn your potential options regarding your burn injury. At Blume Forte, our New Jersey burn injury lawyers will utilize our experience in personal injury and workplace accidents to assist you in getting fair compensation for your injuries and the additional burdens it has placed on you and your family. Call Blume Forte today at (973) 635-5400 for a free consultation today.
If you need to consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney, you need to contact Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. The initial consultation is always free.