Maximizing compensation for a burn injury can be greatly affected by the legal representation the victim chooses. An experienced Seattle burn injury lawyer knows what these claims can be worth and will work hard to ensure that victims receive the full potential of their claim. As a victim of a burn injury not only do you have to deal with the excruciating pain burns can cause and the emotional trauma of possible lifelong disfigurement, there are few other injuries more expensive to treat. Many burn injuries require medical care in specialized burn units over a prolonged period of time. It is not uncommon for medical expenses to run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. As a victim of a burn injury caused by the negligence of another party, the person or party whose negligence caused the injury is most likely liable for medical costs and related long term expenses. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury at the hands of another, contact a Seattle burn injury lawyer today for a free case review and legal consultation.
Burn injuries can happen for many different reasons. One of the most common places for a burn injury to occur is in a work environment. Jobs in the construction industry, food service industry, oil and gas sites, jobs requiring the use of chemicals, and factory workers are among the highest risk occupations for suffering a burn injury. Burn injuries are avoidable with proper care but unfortunately they still occur. The most common causes of a burn are:
Many of these injuries could be avoided with proper use and maintenance of equipment and machinery. Nearly one fourth of all burns at work require emergency medical care and it has been estimated by OSHA that nearly two hundred workers die from burn injuries each year in the United States. Employers have a duty of creating and maintaining a safe work environment for their employees and workers in accordance with current OSHA regulations. These regulations outline everything from prevention, emergency action plans including escape routes, alert systems and more. When an employer fails to follow these regulations, a victim may be eligible to recover damages for their injuries through Workers Compensation and possibly in civil court. If a third party is responsible for the injuries then the victim may have the option of filing a third-party claim against the negligent party outside of the Workers Compensation system. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a burn accident, contact a Seattle burn injury lawyer to find out more about your legal options and about maximizing compensation for a burn injury.
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