Tag: Burn Injury

Work Related Burn Injuries

There are over 40,000 work-related burn injuries every year. These injuries can be caused by various accidents and events. Many times the accident is preventable and occurred due to another individual’s negligence, poor training, faulty equipment, or an employer disregarding safety regulations.

Types of Burns

Work related burns are most often thermal (exposure to heat), chemical, or electrical. People who work in factories or construction are at greater risk for these types of burns due to their exposure to flammable materials and things like water heaters and boilers.

Burns sustained are categorized in three different degrees: first, second, and third. First degree burns are superficial, causing the skin to become red and painful. Second degree burns burn the top two layers of skin, creating blisters. Third degree burns, are the most severe and burn all layers of the skin, creating areas that appear white or black and leathery.

Recovery from burns can be long and require multiple types of specialists and treatments. Even if you have a first degree burn it is important to seek medical attention, as complications can develop later.

Receiving Compensation

If you have been burned at work, it is important to seek legal advice. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance policy many businesses are required to have. Workers’ compensation is available to cover medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and a portion of lost wages for individuals hurt on the job.

Workers’ Compensation will take effect immediately upon the injured employee filing the “first report of injury” form; this also means the employee cannot sue their company in the future for the injury sustained.

While workers’ compensation covers most expenses, there may be other underlying third party claims that can supplement your workers’ compensation.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Confronting a product manufacturer and keeping legal matters in line can be complicated, time consuming, and stressful. For these reasons it is important to receive legal counsel regarding your work-related burn as soon as possible.

Our legal team is experienced in workers’ compensation and personal injury law. Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP for a free consultation.

Atlanta Area Toddler Critically Burned in SWAT Raid

While serving a no-knock arrest warrant at 2 am, on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, an Atlanta area toddler was critically burned by a SWAT team stun grenade. The 19-month-old boy remains in critical condition in the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.

During their initial entrance, deputies threw a stun grenade, which landed in the toddlers crib and exploded on the pillow. Acting on information from a confidential informant, the multijurisdictional SWAT team was unaware that children lived in the house.

The local police chief said, €œYou’re trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and in this case the greatest thing went wrong. Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes ma’am, it is. It’s going to make us double question.’€

There is an ongoing district attorney investigation into the SWAT team raid to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.

The 19-month-old boy is currently in a medically induced coma while doctors treat his burns and lacerations. Doctors believe the young boy is paralyzed and lost the use of one lung. Severe burn injuries caused by explosions, like stun grenades, can require months of recovery and multiple reconstructive surgeries or skin grafts.

After catastrophic accidents and burn injuries, families are able to file suit against negligent parties. The results from the ongoing DA investigation will help determine the level of police negligence and fault. Our team at Moraitakis & Kushel LLP strongly recommends that families seek legal representation after a burn injury caused by negligence.

Legal Action for Burn Injuries at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

When burn injuries result from negligence or preventable causes, people should seek legal assistance. The burn injury lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, work with families after a fire to find compensation for lost wages, hospital expenses, and ongoing medical care. Our team understands the pain and financial burden caused by burn injuries, we help our clients find meaningful results.

If you’€™ve been burned or injured in a fire, don’€™t wait to secure legal help. Contact the burn injury attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to schedule a free consultation. Our office is available at 800-688-2357 or 404-445-1411. After an accident or burn injury, we help families find compensation.