Welding is a process that is essential to work sites in California and throughout the country, but it is also highly dangerous. Despite there being heavy regulations in place to help keep workers safe, accidents continue to happen, and the resulting injuries are often severe. The welding accident attorneys at Greenberg & Ruby, LLP have the skills and experience to help you fight for your rights if you or a loved one has been injured in a welding accident. Please call us to schedule a free consultation today.
WHY CHOOSE Greenberg & Ruby, LLP?
- Have achieved major settlements on behalf of injured clients, totaling more than $250 million dollars over the past 50 years.
- Has extensive experience successfully litigating third-party liability claims.
- Your initial consultation is free, and if you're unable to come to the office, they will go to you.
WHY YOU NEED A Welding Accident LAWYER
After your welding accident, you may be unable to focus on anything besides your health. In addition to filing a workers' compensation claim for you, a workplace injury lawyer will handle any complications with your employer and their insurer to help maximize the benefits you're entitled to. They will also conduct an independent investigation into your welding accident right away, to determine if your injury was caused by:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate safety and training
- Faulty equipment or the negligence of a co-worker
The purpose of doing so is to collect evidence in the event that your workers' compensation claim is denied, as well as to discover if any third parties are liable. If a subcontractor or defective equipment has contributed to your welding injury, for example, there may be opportunities for additional compensation. Workers' comp benefits should pay for medical care costs and a portion of lost wages, but a third-party liability claim can include areas that aren't covered.
COMMON TYPES OF WELDING INJURIES
Welders frequently suffer from the following injuries:
- Radiation: welding produces intense heat, light, sparks, and radiation. Exposure to UV rays may lead to eye injuries such as photokeratitis, also known as Welder's Flash or Arc Eye.
- Breathing Complications: from being exposed to various toxic fumes and gases.
- Electrical Shock: this is the most common injury, as it can occur from touching a part of the welding circuit while any part of a welder's body is in contact with the metal being welded.
- Burns or explosion injuries: since extreme heat and sparks are produced from welding, it can result in fires or even explosions.
Some injuries can be permanent, such as vision or hearing loss, lung damage, brain damage, Welders' Parkinson's disease, or death.
WELDING ACCIDENT PREVENTION
Many welding injuries are preventable with the proper safety equipment, regular training and the reinforcement of OSHA's safety rules. It is the manager's responsibility to explain potential hazards and ensure safety regulations are met. That includes providing safety gear such as helmets or hand shields, eye protection, goggles, face shields, earplugs, and respirators to help avoid life-altering injuries.
SPEAK TO A LOS ANGELES WELDING ACCIDENT LAWYER
If you were involved in a welding accident and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve your quality of life and medical care, contact Greenberg & Ruby, LLP at (323) 782-0535. We will help you answer these critical questions in a free consultation.