Did you know that construction workers are at the highest risk for frequent work-related injuries? Construction work is labor-intensive, requires prolonged exposure to the sun, involves handling hazardous equipment, and is generally dangerous. Injuries and severe burns from hot cement are reported as one of the most common risks associated with the job. Construction workers handle pounds of hot cement for buildings and roads that can sometimes reach dangerous boiling points. Although most construction workers burns are not critical, they can cause serious injury to the skin and pain.
Burn injuries from accidents at work can happen at any time; however, if your employer is negligent in maintaining the condition of your workplace, or is exposing you to unnecessary harm, then you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Although you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you may not be eligible compensation for ongoing medical bills, loss of time at work, or pain and suffering. If you have sustained a serious work-related burn, consulting a personal injury lawyer may earn you maximum compensation for your injuries.
Everyday Work-related Equipment Can Cause Serious Burns to Your Skin
Things that you work with everyday may burn your skin, including:
- Acids & Solvents. Skin-burning chemicals are found in virtually any workplace in the form of cleaning products, disinfectants, art supplies, degreasers, solvents, and acids, and can take the form of a solid liquid or gas. Industries vulnerable to these burns usually include healthcare, laboratories, and manufacturing plants, however, you can receive an acid burn even if you are not working in these industries. Unfortunately, symptoms may not be completely visible until hours later, and include:
- Irritated, or itching skin;
- Numbness or tingling;
- Red or blistering skin; and
- Shortness of breath.
- Electrical Wiring Exposed electrical wiring, low power lines, power tools, and farming equipment put employees at high-risk for electrical burns. Industries involving construction, large appliances, and high-voltage machinery are at a higher risk for electrical burns. Electrical burn victims typically sustain injuries such as nerve damage, tissue damage, visible burn marks, or death by electrocution.
- Defective Equipment When a person is injured by a defective equipment at work he or she may have a personal injury claim against the employer. In Augusta, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and productive working environment for employees.
Consult an Augusta Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are living in the Augusta area, and are suffering from a serious work-related injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and suffering. Under Georgia personal injury law, a negligent employer can be held liable and required to pay compensation if an employee sustains serious injuries on the job.
To learn more about compensation, contact the experienced Augusta, GA personal injury lawyers at Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. for a free initial consultation. We care about your rights, and will fight for the justice you deserve. Call us or fill out our free online case evaluation form!