Atlanta Welder Accident Attorneys
Like other jobs in the construction industry, welding can be a hazardous occupation. The process of joining pieces of metal together using heat and/or pressure carries a number of risks. Welders are exposed to metal fumes and UV radiation on a regular basis. In addition to the health hazards, significant safety hazards are associated with welding.
Welders face several risks on the job, in addition to toxic fumes and radiation exposure. Many of the hazards they face can be minimized with safe work practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and engineering controls. When welding accidents occurs, workers may suffer a variety of injuries, including:
Workers face health or safety hazards in every part of the welding process:
- Plasma arc welding (PAW) and plasma arc cutting (PAC) air carbon arc processes: In addition to ergonomic, bright light, and noise hazards, these processes carry a risk of electric shock, UV radiation, toxic gases or fumes, and heat, fire, and burns.
- Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), glass tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW): Health and safety risks associated with these welding processes include ergonomic, electric shock, bright light, UV radiation, toxic fumes and gases, heat, fire, and burns, and noise.
- Submerged arc welding (SAW): Hazards existing with this process include ergonomic factors, noise, electric shock, and heat, fire, and burns. If SAW flux is absent, hazards include toxic fumes and gases, UV radiation, and bright light.
- Oxyfuel welding: Gas welding relies on combustion of oxygen and acetylene. It carries a risk of heat, fire, and burns, toxic gases and fumes, bright light, and ergonomic injuries.
If you have been hurt on the job in a welding accident, you are eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp should cover your medical expenses related to the injury and reimburse you for a portion of your lost wages. These benefits should apply regardless of fault for the accident. If a party other than your employer, such as a subcontractor or a defective equipment manufacturer, caused your accident, you may also be eligible to file a third-party claim for compensation.
Welding accidents can cause serious injuries with long-term consequences for victims. The first thing to do is to get medical treatment for your injuries. Next, report the accident to your employer and speak with an experienced lawyer. Our Atlanta construction injury attorneys can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability. If a third party was at fault, we can secure evidence to support your claim, assess the full extent of your damages, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies for the compensation you deserve, and fight for your rights in front of a jury, if necessary.
Wayne Grant is rated AV Preeminent®, five out of five, by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can achieve. Grant Law Office was named the Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Atlanta for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report. Our husband and wife team of Atlanta personal injury lawyers will listen carefully to your concerns, return your phone calls and emails, keep you fully informed of the status of your case, and work aggressively to resolve your case quickly and favorably. After a welding accident with serious injuries, call us at (404) 995-3955 to schedule a free consultation with no time limit.
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