Construction is one of the most dangerous professions a person can work in, and many workers suffer injuries on the job site each year – including burn injuries.
Burn injuries on the job can be minor, requiring only first aid to treat. But sometimes, severe burns can be suffered that put a person’s life in danger and can result in death.
Have you been burned on a NY construction site? You have options to get the compensation you deserve. It’s just a matter of understanding the laws in New York and finding out who is responsible.
Burns on the Construction Site: What To Know
The burns suffered on construction sites in New York can impact any body part but typically occur on the face, arms, legs, hands, or eyes. It can also damage the airway lining and other tissues in the body.
Not every burn injury is evident immediately. Injuries may take several days for a person to feel the full effect of their injuries. The most common burn injuries on construction sites are from electrical accidents and toxic explosions. Construction sites contain dangers that can lead to severe injuries and burns, such as open flames, hot equipment, chemicals, heavy machinery, and gas lines. Even hot water or cement can cause a severe burn.
There are three categories of burns that people should be aware of, they are:
This burn involves the top layer of skin only. Often that layer will become red, swell, and painful. A sunburn is an example of a typical first-degree burn.
Second-degree burns involve the top two layers of skin. This degree of burn typically involves blisters, skin loss, pain, and deep reddening.
This degree of burn penetrates each layer of skin and is the most serious a person can sustain. The tissue involved in these burns is usually permanently destroyed. These burns can severely damage the nerves. Initially, you may not see the full effect of the burns, which may hinder your ability to function daily.
Healing from these burns can be traumatic and very painful. The treatments can also be costly and take longer to recover, ultimately impacting your family’s bottom line.
Who Is to Blame for Your Burn Injury?
State and federal laws help protect workers on the job. The negligence of management to adhere to safety protocols in place can result in injury at the workplace. The negligent party can be held responsible for your pain and suffering. With the help of an experienced New York attorney, you can fight for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys can help you recover lost wages or potential earnings and get the assistance you need to pay for mounting medical bills. You can seek fair and just compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Lost income or wages
- Pain and suffering
- Disability, both permanent and temporary
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement