Working at a construction site presents numerous risks, including a fall from an elevated height, extended exposure to toxic metals and chemicals, and getting struck by a piece of heavy machinery. One trade that receives little attention concerning workplace injuries is welding, which represents a fabrication process that fuses together two or more parts under extremely hot conditions. Because of the inherent risks of welding, certified welders undergo extensive training to follow the strict welding safety standards that are established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Despite the welding safety standards imposed by OSHA and state workplace safety agencies, welders work in a profession that experiences one of the highest rates of accidents of any other type of construction trade. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 560,000 construction workers sustain injuries each year because of welding accidents. Many types of welding accidents cause injuries that require completing long-term treatment and rehabilitation programs.
If you sustained one or more injuries as a result of a welding accident, you should contact a welding accidents lawyer to review your case. Your attorney decides whether to file a workers’ compensation claim or a civil lawsuit because your employer committed an act of negligence that caused your injuries. You also might be able to file a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective piece of welding equipment if using the defective equipment caused you harm.
Deciding to receive legal representation for a welding accident is the first decision to make. Then, you have to choose the law firm that gives you the best chance of getting a workers’ comp claim approved or an award for monetary damages for filing a civil lawsuit. Since 1988, the construction accident attorneys at Morgan and Morgan have helped trade professionals and other victims of workplace accidents to recover the financial losses generated because of injuries. One of our welding accidents lawyers will conduct a thorough review of your case to determine the best course of legal action.
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