Burn Injuries on Construction Sites in New Jersey
Burn and scald injuries on construction sites can happen in a variety of circumstances. These injuries range from mild to extremely severe, and can cause debilitating symptoms such as nerve damage, limited or painful movement, chronic pain, or permanent disfigurement.
If you are suffering the effects of a construction burn injury, the New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Grungo Colarulo can help you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.
Types of Burn Injuries
- Thermal – caused by prolonged exposure to heat sources such as scalding hot water, heated materials such as metal or glass, open flame, or flammable liquid explosions
- Chemical – caused by contact with acidic or alkali chemical compounds; injuries will worsen until the chemical is neutralized
- Electrical – caused by contact with electrical current; can result in extensive internal damage beyond what is visible externally
- Radiological – caused by exposure to alpha, beta, or gamma radiation; often requires decontamination to halt progress of injury
Construction sites are hazardous environments that put workers and visitors at risk for all of these types of injuries.
The severity of a burn injury will influence the lasting effects it may have. First degree burns are the least severe, affecting only the top layer of skin, and typically result in some redness and minor pain until they heal. Second degree burns go deeper into the skin, causing blistering and fluid loss in the affected area.
The most severe burn injuries are classified as third degree burns, or full thickness burns. These injuries destroy the skin and cause muscle and nerve damage; many of them result in permanent scarring and may require skin graft procedures to heal. Burn injuries can also be fatal, depending on how much of the body has been injured.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has very strict safety standards for construction sites in order to prevent construction accidents that can result in burn injuries. The parties managing the site; including the site owners, property managers, construction companies, and equipment manufacturers and handlers; are responsible for upholding these standards and keeping workers and site visitors safe. When construction accidents happen, they are often the result of negligent behavior by one or more of these parties.
Injured construction workers who receive Workers’ Compensation cannot sue their employer, but both workers and visitors can pursue a third party liability claim to obtain compensation from those responsible for their injuries. Determining who is at fault can be difficult in these situations, as there are numerous people involved. Construction accident lawyers at Grungo Colarulo have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of your case and hold the appropriate parties accountable for their actions.
If you have sustained a burn injury at a construction site, call the construction accident attorneys of Grungo Colarulo today. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and prepare an aggressive legal strategy to get you the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.