OSHA has regulations pertaining to welding, cutting, and brazing. When these welding regulations are not followed, and a worker is injured as a result, he or she may be entitled to compensation through a construction accident lawsuit against the owner or general contractor. Depending on the severity of the injury, compensation may be awarded for both lost wages and loss of earning capacity. To find out if you are entitled to monetary damages for your welding accident injuries, fill out our free case review form to contact a construction accident lawyer today.
Welding Accident Injuries
Welding, cutting, and brazing are important but dangerous functions performed by about 500,000 workers in a range of industrial capacities. While welding, cutting, and brazing accidents can be fatal, there are other more common resulting injuries, despite regulations requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). These welding injuries include exposure to:
- Ultraviolet Radiation (UV), which can damage both skin and eyes
- Infrared Radiation (IR), which, while less serious, can result in burns.
- Intense visible light, which can permanently and significantly damage the eyes.
- Metal fumes, which can damage the respiratory system.
If you or a loved one has suffered a welding accident at work, you should contact a construction law attorney as soon as possible. He or she will be able to investigate your construction site accident and determine liability for your injuries. The construction site accident attorney will then build a case to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover financially from your injuries.
If you lost a loved one during a welding accident, the legal proceedings will be slightly different. The deceased’s spouse or other relative will hire a construction injury attorney and file a wrongful death lawsuit. The construction lawyer will aim to prove that the negligence of the owner, general contractor or similar entity led to the worker’s death. If successful, the plaintiff may be able to recover monetary damages for loss of expected wages, funeral costs and loss of consortium.
Although construction lawsuits cannot heal a debilitating injury or bring a loved one back, they can help ensure a family remains financially stable following a construction site accident. If you or a loved one has suffered a construction site injury, do not hesitate to fill out our free case review form on the right. Our construction injury lawyers offer this initial consultation to all potential clients, free of charge.