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Workers burned on the job may have several options

Burn injuries are among the most catastrophic of injuries because of the amount of pain and recovery time that they often involve. Unfortunately, burn injuries are a common occurrence in pipeline, construction, refinery and industrial workplaces. In fact, according to the American Burn Association, 450,000 Americans received treatment for burn injuries in 2012 alone, and about 9 percent of these injuries occurred at the workplace.

When a worker is seriously burned on the job, he or she may have several options for pursuing compensation. Typically, a workers' compensation claim may be filed, which can result in the worker being compensated for lost wages, past and future medical bills, and other costs associated with the accident. For workers' compensation to apply it doesn't matter who was at fault for the accident.

Workplace burn injury victims may also have an opportunity to file a personal injury claim based on negligence against an employer or a third-party. These lawsuits typically involve an investigation to determine whether negligence on behalf of an employer or a third-party contributed to the accident. Damages for actual losses as well as pain and suffering may be pursued.

A third option may be to pursue a products liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor of a dangerous product. In many cases, burn injuries result from fires or explosions that were caused by defective or dangerous products that should not have been on the market in the first place. Sometimes, a strict liability standard applies in these cases.

After being seriously injured on the job, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Many injured workers find the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer to be invaluable after a workplace accident.

The families of workers who were killed in workplace fires or explosions also often find comfort in knowing that an experienced attorney is on their side and fighting for justice.

Source: American Burn Association, "Burn Incidence and Treatment in the United States: 2012 Fact Sheet," 2012 Report

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