Construction Injury Lawsuit: Welding Accident
A welding accident can occur at a construction site giving rise to a construction injury. A welding accident victim can sue the employer for compensation.
Welding is a dangerous activity. It is common at construction sites. It requires skill, experience and training. When an welding activity is in progress, the employees involved in the activity and others in the vicinity must adhere to strict safety guidelines. The employees must wear the necessary protective gear including safety glasses to protect their eyes. Due to the dangerous nature of welding activity, the employer must ensure that all safety procedures are in place and the employees are provided with necessary training and safety gear.
Welding accidents can result in many injuries. Burns are a common type of welding injury. However burns caused by welding injuries are generally severe and can lead to disfigurement. It can take a long time to heal. You may require reconstructive surgery and skin grafting. Welding results in ultraviolet radiation which can cause damage to your eyes. Sometimes it can lead to condition called arc-eye which is generally untreatable. Welding can also release infrared radiation that can heat your skin and the tissues just beneath your skin. The intense light released during the welding process can cause damage to your eyes including retinal damage. Sometimes welding accidents can be fatal.
The injured employee is entitled to compensation under the workers compensation laws from the employer. If the compensation offered under the workers compensation law is not sufficient, then the worker can sue the employer for compensation in a court of law. However if he accepts the compensation under the workers compensation law he cannot sue the employer. A worker injured in a welding accident is entitled to compensation for the pain, past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of body part, etc. In a fatal welding accident, the family members of the deceased employee can sue the employer for wrongful death.
Getting Legal Help
If you have been injured in a welding accident, consult with an experienced accidents attorney. The attorney can advise you on your options.