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Burn Injuries

Whether it’s a thermal burn from working with welding equipment, flammable materials, steam, explosives, etc., a chemical burn from hazardous materials, wastes, or environments, or an electrical burn from working around power lines or electrical equipment, burns are one of the most severe construction accident injuries a worker can experience. According to an article published in the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, the construction industry was represented in approximately 13.5% of all workplace burn injuries between 1992 and 1999.

While some burns heal within a few days to a couple of weeks, burns that reach at least the 3rd degree classification generally require several months to heal, with specialized burn treatment. At the level of 3rd and 4th degrees, there is no guarantee that normal functioning will ever return to the burned area, and in some cases the affected limb or body part may need to be amputated or excised. Because of the severity of the injuries and the intensive healing time required, workers who have suffered 3rd or 4th degree burn injuries on the job face a significant concern over lost wages due to being out of work (or even the complete loss of a career and livelihood, should they be ultimately unable to return to work). On top of this, victims of workplace burn injuries may also be faced with the stress and financial/legal challenges of fighting with insurance companies and/or care providers over enormous medical bills related to such injuries as:

  • Excruciating Loss of Tissue
  • Disfigurement
  • Post-burn Infection
  • Nerve Damage (sometimes permanent)
  • Fusion of Limbs or Digits, leading to loss of range of motion
  • Injuries caused by extremely severe 4th degree burns, requiring amputation

In any case, an injured construction worker or his or her family may be entitled to significant compensation for the damages suffered as a result of a serious burn injury. Unfortunately, he or she may face major obstacles in achieving compensation without the help of a seasoned attorney who can help not only define the party at fault in the accident, but also identify how the injured party can either be compensated for irreversible damages, and/or begin to recoup the financial resources they've lost by no fault of their own.

Since 1977, Mr. Cunningham has been representing individuals who have suffered serious burn injuries with a proven track record of success. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury, please call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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