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3 Most Common Burn Injuries That Could Use Legal Action
Posted on March 29, 2016
Every year in Oklahoma, the Department of Labor perform surveys for the number of people who have sustained work-related injuries. According to their survey, roofing contractors are at the highest risk for frequent work-related injuries. Roofing work is labor-intensive, requires prolonged exposure to the sun, involves handling hazardous equipment, and is generally dangerous. Injuries and severe burns from hot tar is reported as one of the most common risks associated with the job. Pounds of hot tar are used to build roofing systems, and can sometimes reach a boiling point up to 1,000°F. Although most roofers’ burns are not critical, they can cause serious injury to the skin and pain.
Commons burn injury from accidents at work can happen; however, if your employer was negligent in maintaining the condition of your workplace, or has exposed you to unnecessary harm, then you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Below are three of the most common work-related burn injuries that you can sustain:
Skin-burning chemicals are found virtually in 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 roofing, laboratories, and manufacturing plants, however, you can receive a chemical burn even if you are not working in these industries. Unfortunately, symptoms may not be completely visible until hours later.
- Excessive coughing;
- Difficulty breathing; and/or
- Irritated, sensitive, or itching skin.
Exposed electrical wiring, low power lines, power tools, and farming equipment put employees at high-risk for electrical burns. Industries involving construction, large appliance, 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.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that defective merchandise causes thousands of burn injuries each year. When a person is injured by a defective merchandise, he or she may have a liability claim against the seller or manufacturer of the product. In Oklahoma, companies and manufacturers who sell defective merchandise, or who are negligent in warning the public of product risks, are responsible for compensating the injured individual for injuries.
Consult an Experienced Lawyer
If you are the victim of serious work-related injuries, and you would like to learn more about compensation, contact experienced personal injury lawyer Charles Bryan Alred, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We care about your rights, and will fight for the justice you deserve. Call us at (918)745-9960 , today.