Both professional and at-home welders use their skills to transform pieces of metal into various products and shapes. The welding process requires excessive heat and heavy equipment, which can cause injuries. These injuries can occur through equipment misuse, defective or dangerous products, or a lack of safety equipment. If you have been injured in a welding accident, call a Fort Lauderdale welding accident lawyer today.
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. understands the complex legal issues that arise in welding accident cases and can help you recover damages for your injuries. Schedule a consultation today: 954-524-2820.
Professional and at-home welders face numerous hazards while working on projects. The excessive heat, radiation, and use of metal can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries that occur while welding include:
Welding can be very dangerous without the right training and equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict guidelines in place to ensure that welders stay safe while on-the-job. Some of these regulations discuss:
Many people who have been involved in welding accidents find themselves unable to work and pay their medical bills. However, there are a couple of ways to recover damages to relieve your financial burden.
For those injured while welding at work, there is workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation provides injured employees with benefits to cover their medical care and lost wages for the time they were unable to work due to injury. While these benefits can be helpful, they do not cover pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages.
Also, receiving workers’ compensation prohibits a worker from filing suit against his employer for additional damages.
However, professional welders and those welding at-home can file a claim against any third parties they feel are liable for their injuries. These third parties may include manufacturers of the equipment used (e.g., goggles, helmets, machinery) and contractors misusing the equipment.
The party you file against will determine what you need to establish.
If you are filing a negligence claim against a careless contractor, you need to establish the following:
For cases against manufacturers, you do not need to prove negligence. You must, instead, prove:
If you can prove that a third party’s negligence caused your injuries, you can recover damages to help pay for those injuries. Some of the damages you can recover include:
IMPORTANT: The statute of limitations in Florida requires plaintiffs to file personal injury suits within four years of the date of injury.
Those recovering from welding accident injuries have a long road ahead of them. The medical treatments, physical therapy, and physical and emotional pain can be overwhelming. The family of the victim may be worried about their loved one and unsure how to pay the bills with the victim unable to work.
In addition to the physical and financial difficulties, victims may be emotionally scarred from the incident. They may be struggling with depression and be too anxious to go back to welding.
The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. are here to help. With years of experience handling complex construction accident cases, we will help you recover damages from the people responsible for your injuries. Having a trustworthy attorney on your side can give you the opportunity to focus solely on your recovery.
To discuss the specifics of your welding accident, call 954-524-2820.