Severe Burns Suffered at Work
On the oilfields, highways, and factory lines of Plano, workers are at an increased risk for workplace burn injuries. Any worker, however, could become the victim to a burn accident at work. The American Burn Association reported that 6% of all burn injuries from 2002 to 2011 were workplace-related.
If you or a loved one have suffered a workplace burn injury, it is time to contact a qualified accident attorney serving Plano to learn more about your options. You may qualify to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of a Plano burn injury attorney.Who is Most at Risk for Workplace Burn Injury?
While burn accidents can happen anywhere, some workplaces are inherently more dangerous than others.
Workers who are most likely to suffer severe burn injuries include:
Firefighters, more than any other profession, spend more time in direct contact with burning buildings. Their time on the job can lead to severe thermal burns or scalded lungs.
Exposure to live wires or improper wiring is incredibly dangerous. Many electricians have suffered severe electric burns during the course of their employment.
The oilfield can be an incredibly dangerous workplace. Because workers are surrounded by flammable gas and oil, severe workplace burn accidents can happen quickly.
Car accidents can result in oil-fires or explosions; workers who spend considerable time in a vehicle are most at risk for this kind of burn injury (such as truck drivers, taxi drivers, etc.).
Exposure to industrial chemicals is not the only risk factor for chemical burns; workers who use household chemicals regularly in the course of their employment can also suffer severe chemical burns.
Workplace burns are a serious problem for workers and their families.
Some of the most detrimental consequences of workplace burn accidents include:
Long-term injury and/or disability
Burn injuries are incredibly dangerous. Burns can result in permanent muscle damage, severe scarring, and disfigurement.
Loss of wage-earning abilities
If the injuries sustained in a workplace burn accident are long-term, victims may be unable to return to work. This can be a huge economic loss to Plano families, particularly if the victim was the primary earner in the household.
Expensive medical bills
Burn victims statistically spend more time in the hospital than victims of non-burn injuries. Severe burns may require extended stays in a specialized burn unit or multiple reconstructive surgeries. While necessary, these costs can become debilitative to Plano families.
A consultation with a Plano burn injury attorney will determine if you can seek financial compensation for your injuries. If you are looking to sue your employer, your attorney will need to establish that you were not already offered worker’s compensation by your employer; if so, you may be unable to file.
If you were offered worker’s compensation for your workplace burn injury, you are still eligible to seek compensation if your injuries were caused by a third party (another negligent employee, manufacturer, contractor, etc.). In that case, your Plano personal injury attorney will need to establish that the liable parties were negligent and that their negligence directly caused your injuries.Trust the Top Texas Lawyers at Carabin Shaw
If you are unsure if you qualify to file a personal injury claim for your burn injuries, contact an accident attorney serving Plano as soon as possible. The Texas lawyers at Carabin Shaw specialize in personal injury law and have proudly represented Texas families for nearly thirty years. We believe in a “client-first” approach from your initial consultation to the courtroom.Free Case Review
Carabin Shaw offers no-cost, no-obligation initial consultations for Plano burn victims and their families. If you would like to schedule your free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, call our office toll-free today 800-862-1260 or fill out our online form.