New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world. Every day, new buildings, homes, and schools are constructed to help fit more people into this extraordinary city. With new structures going up so often, there’s no wonder as to why construction jobs are a popular option.
But these jobs come with a risk, especially when welding is involved. Welders have to use heavy and dangerous equipment that can result in painful and debilitating burn injuries. While companies may do their best to keep their employees trained and working in an environment that follows welding safety best practices, accidents like welding burns in New York still happen every single day.
Because of these dangers, most employers are aware that these types of accidents could lead to an unwanted lawsuit or worker’s compensation. Because of this, they will do just about anything to avoid paying what they don’t have to, which is why many people seek legal counsel to help guide them through the aftermath of a workplace incident.
What To Do If You’ve Been Burned On the Job
Working in construction means always taking extra precautions and adhering to the state’s safety laws. Still, there are many things that could unexpectedly go wrong, including suffering from welding burns.
Some common accidents from welding on a construction site could result in:
- Fractures or Broken Bones
- Thermal Burns
Incorrect usage or an unsafe atmosphere while welding can lead to explosions and burns. And combined with heavy equipment, these conditions can be a recipe for disaster for everybody involved. That’s why employers need to keep their employees trained and stay up to code, like abiding by regulation 1910.252, which states that combustible materials must be at least 35 feet away from any welding sites.
It only takes a single individual to make a mistake that could affect everybody on the worksite. Welding burns and explosions are widespread in these types of environments, and recovery can be painful and put you out of work. Depending on the severity, you could also be facing several medical bills that you don’t know how to pay off.
It can pose an even bigger issue if you’re not receiving paid time off or worker’s compensation, which may be precisely why it’s best to consult with a lawyer.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
Although necessary to infrastructure and the construction field, welding poses many hazards—especially when working without the proper training, precautions, and materials. In fact, more than one-third of welding and heating tool-related injuries required at least a week away from work. And unfortunately, worker’s comp for construction injuries is one of the most expensive employer costs. To avoid these costs, it’s not unheard of for employers to do everything in their power to prevent a lawsuit that may lead to worker’s compensation.
That’s why the first step you should take is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Even if the injury isn’t severe, welding accidents can cause life-long damage to the skin and tissue, and your lawyer can work to ensure your medical costs are covered. Working with a lawyer can also help enforce that your employer understands the severity of the accident so that proper precautions are put in place for the future.
Do I Need A Lawyer For My Claim?
If you’ve been burned on the job, then you might wonder whether or not you can file a claim against your company to receive worker’s compensation. The short answer is yes, you can—but you’ll need an experienced attorney who can find enough evidence to prove that the company is legally responsible for your injuries.
For example, your lawyer might find that they didn’t provide the right material or adhere to the current safety guidelines. In instances like this, you are likely guaranteed to be granted worker’s compensation so that you could have some peace of mind during your recovery.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers Will Fight For You
Under sections 200, 240, and 241(6) of the Labor Law of the State of New York, a property owner or contractor is accountable for negligence for an accident that happened under its supervision or control. But to take advantage of this specific labor law, you’ll need an experienced attorney who knows the exact particulars of New York's injury laws.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers has more than 35 years of expertise in personal injury law. With awards like America’s Top 100 Attorneys and glowing reviews from our former clients, we are no stranger when it comes to injury cases—especially construction injuries like burns in the ever-growing city of New York.