Unsafe work environments could lead to serious burn injuries

by Tim O’Hare

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Gas explosions, chemical spills, electrical fires and work-related traffic accidents are all dangerous and even deadly workplace accidents that can result in severe burn injuries. Victims of burn injuries can be left with severe scarring, disfigurement and even disability. In some cases, severe burn injuries are even deadly.

Burn injuries vary in degree, from first to third degree burns. First-degree burns are the most minor of burn injuries, and typically heal on their own. Third-degree burns are the most severe and may result in permanent damage to the victim’s skin, fat tissue, muscle and even bone. Permanent scarring, disfigurement and even disability may result from third-degree burns.

When an individual survives a severe burn injury, he or she will have scars to live with forever. In many cases, the cause of the accident resulting in the burn injury may lead to a personal injury lawsuit in which the injured is entitled to seek financial compensation for pain and suffering.

Many times, business owners and employers overlook unsafe work environments. Perhaps because the cost to bring a work environment up to standard is too expensive for the business to take on, employers will take a risk, hoping they won’t be found out and that no accidents causing serious injury or death occur.

Code standards for work environments are set for a specific reason — to avoid undue injury or death in the workplace — these standards should not be ignored by business owners. In the event that a severe injury, or burn injury occurs due to negligence, the negligent party must be held accountable. Victims should be compensated for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Employees who suffer from burn injuries due to a job-related accident may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, a third party liability claim, a products liability claim or other claims for the pain, suffering and medical expenses they endure.

If you have been seriously burned in an accident such as a gas explosion, chemical spill, electrical fire or work-related traffic accident that was the result of the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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