Fire and hot liquid are the two most common burn-inducing agents. In addition to thermal burns, people can receive chemical, electrical, and radiation burns. According to the website of the Law Offices of Paul Levin, many accident-related burns are the result of a defective product, a car accident, or a construction accident. Electrical burns are a common risk at construction sites when power lines are exposed.
Recently in June of 2013, Boston construction worker Antonio Deponte was working at a local middle school when he was shocked on a power line and fell one story. He sustained burn injuries to his forearm as well as some head trauma. After the initial incident he was treated at a local Boston hospital and was said to be in fair condition. The website of Pohl Berk says that when workers are injured in the workplace, the property manager or contractor can often be held legally accountable for allowing the workers to proceed in a dangerous work environment. This is because there are laws that protect workers from being in unreasonably dangerous situations.
Chemical burns can damage human skin when a strong acid or base permeates through the dermis tissue. These burns are unique because they do not always need a heat source to cause damage. Contrary to thermal burns and electrical burns, chemical burns do not necessarily always cause immediate harm or damage, but they certainly can cause immediate harm.
In July of 2012 Brian Johns, a worker for the Dow Chemical Company in Deer Park, Texas was severely burned when an ammonia recycling unit exploded. He lived for some time after the explosion, but did not ultimately survive the burns that covered most of his body. His family is still seeking money from Dow Chemical over a year later because the casing around the ammonia recycling unit hadn’t been replaced in order to save the company money. Hiring a lawyer in the wake of tragic accidents allows the family to focus their energy on healing while lawyers handle the technicalities of pursuing financial compensation. This can come through preparing a lawsuit in hopes of reaching either a settlement or a jury verdict.
If you have been hurt by a burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to suffer alone. Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney today to learn more about your options in pursuing your case.