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Welding Accident Lawyer New York

Injury Lawyers Fight for Full and Fair Compensation for NYC Welding Accident Victims

Welding is amongst the most dangerous trades in the already-dangerous construction industry. As such, welding is very heavily regulated to prevent accidents. Despite this, no regulation can guarantee that workers and other people passing by the construction zone will always be safe.

Welding accidents happen with disturbing frequency, often leaving employees and others seriously injured. Given the pace of construction projects in Manhattan and elsewhere in the five boroughs, it is not surprising that welding accidents occur much too often.  At Proner & Proner, our experienced NYC construction accident lawyers are here to protect your legal right to fair compensation for injuries you have suffered because of a welding accident.

Learning about your legal options is a key step to protecting your rights if you were injured in a welding accident in NYC, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, or elsewhere in New York. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you may be eligible for compensation from third parties, such as a negligent property owner or other non-employer.

To learn more about how Proner & Proner can help with your financial recovery, contact our experienced NYC welding accident lawyers to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You can discuss your case with our experienced injury lawyer Mitchell Proner by calling our office or by filling out this online contact form to schedule your appointment.

Understanding Safety Regulations Designed to Prevent NYC Welding Accidents

A number of OSHA safety standards are geared specifically toward workers in the welding profession.  Among other safeguards, the rules require that all welders be provided with:

  • Approved eye protection,
  • Appropriate protective apparel for the body, and
  • Properly installed scaffolds where necessary.

The regulations also provide detailed rules about how welding equipment, such as torches, hoses and gas cylinders, must be maintained.

Unfortunately, contractors employing welders often fail to comply with OSHA and state regulations designed to protect anyone using welding equipment or standing close to welding equipment.

The disturbing reality is that those in charge of construction projects often believe that the regulations hinder work and increase costs, cutting into profits. This attitude is not limited to the construction industry in New York. Shipyards and oil rigs use welders both above and below the water, adding another layer of danger for the workers.

Failure to closely follow OSHA regulations is a common cause of welding accidents in NYC.  If you need help exploring what caused your accident, call our accident lawyers to tell us what happened today.

Common Causes of Welding Accident Injuries in NYC

When welding accidents do occur, the injuries sustained are often permanent and may even be catastrophic.  These injuries often include:

  • Severe burns,
  • Hearing loss,
  • Vision loss and eye damage,
  • Loss of limbs,
  • Lung damage,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Serious fume injuries, which can impact your kidneys, nervous system, bones and can even cause cancer,
  • Death.

Because welding is inherently dangerous, welding accidents can be caused by any number of events.  Some common forms of welding accidents include:

  • Excessive exposure to heat,
  • Fires caused by sparks igniting flammable materials,
  • Particles and radiation that enter skin or eyes,
  • Toxic exposure that results in lung damage and other problems,
  • Electric shock,
  • Accidents caused by long shifts that leave workers excessively fatigued,
  • Excessive or high-decibel noise that leaves workers with hearing loss.

Welding accident injuries are also common among workers employed in brazing, metal cutting, ironworking, and pipefitting. Wearing protective eye gear and approved clothing can help. It’s also important that workers be provided with proper ventilation and are spaced far enough apart.

Proner & Proner Advocate for Full Financial Recovery for NYC Welding Accident Victims

When you’re facing a debilitating, potentially permanent welding accident injury, getting financial compensation may be key to protecting your family’s future.  Two potential options are available for recovering compensation in NYC cases, including:

  • Workers’ compensation.  Workers’ compensation is available to all employees injured in work accidents, and covers your medical bills, about 2/3 of your lost wages, and disability—and is available no matter who or what caused your welding accident.
  • Third-party claims.  If someone who wasn’t your employer caused the accident, you can file a lawsuit for additional benefits, such as compensation for pain and suffering and your full lost wages.  A third party claim can also get you compensation if you were not an employee (you were an independent contractor) when the accident took place.

At Proner & Proner, our welding accident lawyers have already recovered over $400 million in compensation for accident victims in NYC—and that number continues to grow as we continue our fight to protect workers’ rights.  To learn more about how we can protect your right to fair compensation, call our NYC accident lawyers for a free case review.

Call Our Qualified NYC Welding Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Review to Discuss Your Construction Site Injury Today

If you were injured in a welding accident caused by third-party negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in addition to the benefits provided by NY workers’ compensation. To discuss your New York welding accident case with our knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyers, contact Proner & Proner and schedule a free initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Welding Accident Claims in NYC

FAQ: How long do I have to take action to get compensation after a welding accident in NYC?

Under NYC workers’ compensation laws, you must notify your employer within 30 days of the accident to preserve your right to benefits. To file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party, you have three years under NYC’s personal injury statute of limitations.

FAQ: What is welder’s flash? How do I know if I have suffered eye damage in this type of welding accident?

Welder’s flash is caused by the bright light and UV radiation released by the welding arc. It can cause eye damage both for the welder and for others in the vicinity of the welding project. In many cases, symptoms do not appear immediately.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek treatment immediately:

– Abnormal sensitivity to light,
– Pressure or pain in the eyes,
– Unusual watering of the eyes,
– You cannot look at sources of light,
– Your eyes and the surrounding tissues are red,
– You feel like you have sand or dirt in your eyes.

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