Charleston, West Virginia Thermal Burn Attorney
Thermal burns are the most common of all burn injuries. When the term “burn injuries” is used, it refers to thermal burns. About 485,000 people yearly require and receive medical treatment for burn injuries. Thermal burns include sunburns, fire burns, burns from touching a hot plate, and steam burns. Thermal burns occur when heat is transferred in three different ways:
- Conduction: direct transfer of heat from the source, such as touching a hot radiator
- Radiation: sunburns occur in this manner; electromagnetic energy is converted to kinetic energy, damaging the skin
- Convection: heat is transferred via the air; an example would be an explosion that causes a flash burn
Workplace burns account for about one-fourth of all burns that require hospitalization. In addition to skin and tissue damage, lung damage occurs from the inhalation of dangerously hot air. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC represents clients who have experienced thermal burns in work-related injuries. We have recovered significant settlements and court awards for their clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. A complimentary consultation is available to discuss the details of your thermal burn incident.
Accidents that Cause Thermal Burns
Thermal burn injuries are common in the workplace and in other environments. Thermal burns may be caused in a variety of ways, including:
- Open flames and fires
- Chemicals and other hot liquids
- Exposure to steam
- Hot metal, glass or other objects
- Electrical currents
Workplace Environments Where Thermal Burns Occur
Many workplace environments may expose workers to burns, including thermal burns. These may include:
- Construction sites
- Chemical plants
- Steel and metal mills
Workplace environments must comply with OSHA safety standards. Additionally, there must be compliance with local, state and national fire standards. Fire suppression systems, including sprinklers and fire extinguishers must be maintained and regularly certified. Supervisors and employees must be trained to respond to fires. Exits must be properly marked and unblocked.
Contact a Charleston, WV Thermal Burns Lawyer
Thermal burns are extremely dangerous and painful and often require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. If you were injured in a burn accident that was caused by another’s negligence, you may seek compensation for your injuries. A personal injury claim may seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and property damage. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is recognized as West Virginia Super Lawyers in addition to Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We are plaintiff’s rights lawyers and we wish to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. There are no fees involved unless we win your case. To schedule your free case review with a Charleston burn injury lawyer, call Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.