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In Fort Lauderdale, the prospect of a fire-related accident in the workplace is particularly frightening and debilitating, as the injuries can be quite severe. Workers exposed to fire may be saddled with burn injuries that can lead to incredible pain, disfigurement, amputation, and even death, with life-altering consequences for both the victims and their families.
In many cases, severe burn injuries can be treated and the scars at least partially masked through years of surgical and rehabilitative intervention, but the accumulated losses (even in these treatable cases) are still rather extreme. Victims with severe burn injuries may be rendered incapable of working again, which can lead to substantial financial losses, in addition to the heavy psychological burden of having one’s career destroyed due to injuries that were inflicted due to the negligence of their employer.
If you or a loved one has endured a burn injury in the workplace, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced Fort Lauderdale fire accident attorney at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. Attorney Fuchs will explain your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
There are four categories of burn injuries.
First degree burns are relatively minor and affect only the outermost layer of skin. First-degree burn injuries usually lead to recovery within a week or two of the injury-causing event.
Second-degree burns are more severe than first degree burns, as they penetrate one layer deeper through the skin. Despite this increased severity (which may cause blistering), second degree burns only occasionally require surgical treatment such as skin grafting. They usually lead to recovery three to four weeks after the injury-causing event.
Third-degree burns are very severe, as they penetrate through every layer of skin. They are extremely painful and usually require extensive surgical and rehabilitative treatment. Even with treatment, third-degree burns may lead to permanent disfigurement.
Fourth degree burns penetrate all the way through the skin layers and into the skeletal system (muscle, bone, etc.). The skin is completely unsalvageable. Fourth-degree burns are so severe that permanent disfigurement and/or amputation is a virtual guarantee, with the extensive surgical and rehabilitative treatment required — the burns may also lead to death, depending on the location and extent of the injuries. In such a situation, an employee may have grounds for a wrongful death case.
Employers in Florida are often responsible for workplace fire accidents, whether they fail to adequately train employees in fire prevention, fail to install proper fire prevention infrastructure (i.e., sprinklers, fire escapes, extinguishers, etc.), or fail to comply with local fire regulations. An employer may also implement improper or inadequate fire response processes, which can exacerbate the fire and lead to unnecessary injury to employees.
If you have suffered burn injuries due to a workplace fire accident, you may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to Florida law. Your workers’ compensation claim is much more likely to be successful, however, if you work with an experienced fire accident attorney.
David I. Fuchs is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience litigating workplace accident claims for clients located in Fort Lauderdale and across the state of Florida. David has dedicated his career to providing high-quality, aggressive advocacy, and he has successfully represented clients who have been involved in fire accidents in the workplace.