Construction sites can be very dangerous places where accidents routinely occur. A burn injury is a common construction accident. The attorneys at the Philadelphia, PA law firm of The Levin Firm understand that severe burns can require serious and life-altering surgical procedures, such as skin grafts and amputation. Fifth- and sixth-degree burns can be fatal. Our lawyers understand that the severity of a construction burn accident also depends on its surface area; the larger the area affected by the burn, regardless of its degree, the more serious the injury. Most construction site burn accident injuries could be prevented by the imposition of safety measures and practices. You have a right to recover for all your injuries against the parties that did not take appropriate measures to ensure your safety.
There are different types of injuries which can result in burns. Those most commonly occurring on construction sites include:
Burns can range from superficial to much more life-threatening. Regardless of the severity of the burn, victims must be diligent to get their injuries treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, you’ll suffer needless pain—and possibly impede your ability to get financial compensation for your injuries. Typically, burns are :
Burns that extend over a larger area of the body are also more likely to result in death than if a burn is localized. A third-degree burn might be easy to treat if it covers a small area, but you could suffer severe complications if the burn covers a third of your body.
Who you sue will depend on several factors, including how you were injured. For example, you might have been injured because a product or equipment didn’t operate as you expected it to. Or you might have been injured because electrical wires were improperly exposed and you accidentally were electrocuted. In Pennsylvania, you can’t sue your employer if you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, but you still might be able to hold a third party responsible:
Product Manufacturer. When a dangerous product injures you, you might be able to sue the manufacturer or others along the chain of distribution. For example, you might have been burned by chemicals that lacked a proper warning label or safety instructions. Or a piece of electric equipment might have exploded, electrocuting you in the process. In situations like these, you can sue the parties responsible for putting the product in the stream of commerce and receive compensation for your injuries.
Worksite managers. You might get burned on the worksite because of a hazard that was created by someone else’s negligence. Many different parties manage a construction worksite, include the following:
Any of these parties might be responsible for ensuring a safe work environment. If they fail through their negligence, then you might be able to hold them legally responsible for your burns.
To bring a successful lawsuit, you’ll need to prove that someone else is responsible for your injuries. The evidence you need to present will depend on who the third party is. For example, consider the following:
A product is defective when it doesn’t work as you would expect it to, or if its risk of harm outweighs the costs of making the product safer. Ideally, the defective product (or what’s left of it) will be available for your lawyers to inspect. Your lawyer may need to hire an expert witness who can explain to a judge and jury what is defective about the product and whether the manufacturer could have made it safer.
Negligence. You can sue property owners, managers, and the like for negligence if you can establish the following elements. Each element is required, and you won’t have a valid legal claim if any one is missing:
Proof that the defendant violated federal, state, or local safety regulations is some proof of negligence; but you aren’t limited to legal violations like these. You will also need to rely on your own testimony and other eyewitnesses to testify about security lapses on the job site. For example, witnesses can testify that hazardous chemicals were left lying around without proper labeling. If so, the carelessness might be sufficient to hold the job site manager responsible for causing your burns.
It is important to contact an attorney right away if you have suffered a burn injury at a construction site. The nature of a construction site is that it is constantly changing, and it is important that the site is investigated, observed and photographed in the same condition that it was in when you were injured. Property owners may try to fix the dangerous condition or cover it up, or it may be eliminated on its own as part of the original construction plans. That’s why you need an attorney who will work quickly and efficiently to ensure that you have the strongest case possible so that you can fully recover for your injuries.
Remember to sit down as soon as possible and write down your own memories of what happened. Also note any witnesses to the accident so that you can share their identity with your lawyer, who will need to talk to them to get a fuller picture of the job site hazards. Since you can be reimbursed for medical expenses, make sure to preserve all medical bills and receipts for any money spent out-of-pocket.Representing clients who were burned in construction site accidents requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At The Levin Firm, our Pennsylvania, and New Jersey personal injury attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has been burned in a construction site accident, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. We can identify who is responsible for your injuries and tailor a compelling case based on the facts presented. Call us today at 215-825-5183 or fill out our . Initial consultation and case evaluation are free.
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