You can Suffer from Burns due to Faulty Products, Workplace Injuries, and many Other Circumstances Caused by the Negligence of Others

Burn is one kind of injury that can be excruciatingly painful. It can damage layers of the skin, tissues and nerves and, if severe enough, can cause scarring, infection, loss of mobility, disfigurement, or even loss of extremities. Burns that affect the layer underneath the skin or the dermis are the most painful kinds of burn injuries because these directly affect the raw nerve cells of the dermis. The most serious, though, are those that affect the nerves, muscles and bones; these kinds of burns actually no longer cause any feeling of pain because the nerves have already been damaged.

Burns have different classifications, each based on how serious the injury is. These classifications include:

  • Third degree burn – damages the entire dermis and the nerves (the reason why third degree burn victims no longer feel pain). Due to the severity of this type of burn, it is necessary that the victims be given immediate medical attention.
  • Second degree burn – affects the dermis or the layer underneath the skin and causes swelling and blisters. This is also the kind of burn injury that is most painful.

It is recommended that second degree burns be soaked in cool water, rubbed with antibiotic cream and covered with a dry, non-stick bandage. The blister that may form should never be punctured.

First degree burn – though this affects only the epidermis or the skin’s outer layer (thus, considered minor), this burn injury still causes painful. Swelling can occur during the healing period, which takes about six days. Antibiotic ointment or aloe vera cream may be applied on the burned area.

Though most burn classification systems list down only three, some medical institutions include a fourth one or a “fourth degree burn.” This degree of burn injury is the most serious as the damage extends to the muscle and bones, thus, often requiring removal or amputation of the area affected.

There are times when people get burned due to the carelessness or negligence of some individuals. Many have already suffered this type of accident, especially in working environments where flammable substances are handled or stored.

It is always important for burn injury victims to get in touch with a lawyer immediately in order to know and understand their legal rights and options for the possibility of seeking compensation that should cover all the damages they are facing and will still be made to face due to the injury.

As explained in the website of the firm Spiros Law, P.C., “Burns to your body can come from either a source of electricity, heat, or flame. When you are shocked with electricity, the charges can leave a severe burn at both the point of entry as well as exit. Extremely hot objects such as steam and certain tools can also cause burns. Lastly, fire itself can leave your skin and underlying tissue charred and damaged. You can suffer from burns due to faulty products, workplace injuries, and many other circumstances caused by the negligence of others. If this describes an accident that has happened to you, resulting to harmful burns to your body, then you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced burn injury attorney immediately to discuss the facts of your case.”

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OSHA Safety Standards in the Work Area

Construction site workers are the ones regularly exposed to large and sharp construction tools and equipment, making them easy victims of injuries even due to simple careless acts of those who use, store and maintain these. Studies made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that tools dropping from high working areas, workers falling off from scaffolds, being caught between two solid objects or being struck by construction vehicles or equipment, and electrocution are the most common accidents and causes of severe injuries in construction areas. There have also been many instances when accidents involving any of those mentioned above result to a worker’s death.

Construction areas in the United States are very common sites. Some of these are high-rise constructions, while others are restoration or improvement of any part (interior and exterior) of an existing building. Workers, meanwhile, are required to work at great heights (with all the necessary hand-held tools strapped to their belts) on scaffolds, usually suspension scaffolding platforms which hang close to the exterior of high buildings and supported only by an overhead structure with ropes and pulleys. (In the US, there are about 2 million individuals working on scaffolds every day).

To ensure the safety of workers using scaffolds, OSHA released its scaffolding standards or requirements in 1971. OSHA also publicized the different scaffolds it recognizes for construction work use, with consideration to the type and weight of materials to be load and the weather condition. Some of the scaffoldings that appear in OSHA’s list are the mobile, suspended, frame, tube and coupler, pole and specialty, pump jack and ladder jack.

OSHA’s recognition, however, does not mean such scaffoldings are free from accidental collapse. The sturdiness of scaffolds depends on how these have been assembled; thus, poor or wrong assembly would only mean great danger to those who will work on them. It is important, therefore, to always double check the strength of the scaffolds before workers actually get onto them.

In the event of an accident, the victim, with his/her family, should consider hiring a good personal injury lawyer, who will help them go through the process of applying for benefits, from the doctor’s evaluation of the injury sustained to the filing of the claims form. The assistance of your chosen lawyer will also ensure that you are able fill-out the long and complex benefits claim form correctly, that all documents proving your injury are attached and that the filing is done within the stipulated allowable filing period.

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