Suing My Job for Work Related Burns
Work related injuries are a fairly common occurrence and can vary from minor cuts and bruises to serious long term injuries. Minor burns are usually dealt with by simply filing a workman’s compensation claim, but sometimes a personal injury lawsuit is necessary in order to protect the interests of the employee.
Though not too common, burns can be incurred by workers, especially if their employer is negligent.
There are a few basic types of burns: chemical, thermal, radiation, electrical, and friction
One of the most common causes of workplace burns is chemical exposure. There are many chemicals which can cause burns and do not necessarily have to be labeled as “hazardous” or “toxic” in order to cause a burn. Many chemicals can seem harmless, but long exposure and certain concentrations can cause burns and illness.
Radiation burns are far less common, but can be very serious and even deadly. Any employer dealing with radiation must provide the best possible protection and precautions for their employees in addition to proper training. Most cases of a radiation burn or exposure would be a subject to a personal injury lawsuit.
Electrical burns can be very serious and can occur in many unexpected places and situations. You do not necessarily have to be an electrician or construction worker to experience an electrical burn. Even an office worker is at risk, though a lesser risk of electrical burns because most every building has electricity and wiring which can be faulty and improperly exposed. Most areas have strict building codes which require all electrical material and sources to be properly grounded, covered and maintained. Like radiation and chemical burns, an on the job electrical burn may also require a personal injury lawsuit.
Friction can also cause burns. A simple example of a friction burn is “carpet burn”. Anytime a person’s skin is under certain types of friction it may be subject to burns and injury.
The most commonly thought of type of burn is a thermal burn, a burn caused by an actual heat source such as a hot stove or car engine. Many jobs have a risk of thermal burns. Some higher risk jobs are those like restaurant workers, mechanics and steel workers to name a few. A prime case for a personal injury suit would be if a chef had to carry a pot of hot sauce over a floor that had an excessively slipper surface which the employer could have prevented from being as slippery, and so the chef spilled the sauce causing major burns.
Few jobs if any are completely safe from potential work related burns. If you have suffered a work related burn or injury you may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits, and may also need to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.
The most important thing is to consult a worker’s compensation attorney like Evan Hoffman of South Florida. The Hoffman Firm deals all sorts of personal injury claims and they are standing by to offer you a free consultation.
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Evan A. Hoffman
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