A construction accident attorney understands that construction site accidents can leave you with scars, both mentally and physically. You deserve to be compensated for your damages including medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of wages related to your accident!
Understanding more about burn injuries can help you to truly unveil the severity of your injury case, which will make it all that much easier to prove liability in your personal injury lawsuit.
Different Types Of Burns That Can Occur
Burn injuries are painful and they are classified by depth. By stating what type of burn you have suffered, you can help the court to understand the amount of pain and suffering you’ve endured, as well as the medical bills that are related to this accident.
This burn occurs just on the outer layer of the skin. Although still painful, the injury usually consists of redness and swelling, healing itself within a week’s time.
Second Degree Burns
This burn occurs down in the second layer of your skin. The injury results in blistering of the skin that is extremely painful, and also alters the appearance of your body forever.
Third Degree Burns
This is the most painful of all types of burns because it completely destroys the first two layers of skin and extends into the third layer. Third degree burns cause the skin to appear completely white, black, or even have a damaged, leathery look. Although the nerve endings have been destroyed so the area itself isn’t painful, surrounding areas are practically unbearable. These types of burns can even cause breathing problems for victims.
The Causes Of Burn Accidents
There are many things that can go wrong on a construction site, but here are a few of the most common causes of burn injuries.
Chemicals are sometimes required on construction sites, like paint thinner, plumbing products, or even bleach. In the case that a chemical isn’t appropriately sealed, stored, or out of the way of typical construction work, an injury to the body may occur, like a spill.
A chemical burn occurs when the skin is in contact with a strong substance, burning through the skin until it’s adequately washed away. Not having the adequate equipment available to clean off a chemical burn can even be considered negligent in the workplace.
Although not safe, it’s not uncommon to find loose wires around a construction site. An electrical burn can occur when a current jumps from an electrical outlet, cord or appliance and passes through your body. These types of burns can cause internal damage to the body, including brain or heart injuries—even death.
Scald burns are injuries caused by hot liquids or steam. On a construction site, a pipe could burst and release high pressure, hot steam and burn the body.
This is the “typical burn” or most common injury that comes to mind when you mention burn injuries. Thermal burns are caused by contact with flames or hot objects. These are common with roofers and construction workers that work with hot asphalt and/or tar.
Damages For These Injuries
In addition to the scarring itself, you could file a personal injury claim based on the types of injuries you’ve sustained, including:
- Physical and emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Bodily disfigurement
- Organ damage
- Body chemistry damage
- Sensitivity to temperature change
Let a construction accident lawyer review your accident and begin working on recovering the damages you deserve. Call us today to get started.