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As a welder, you play a vital role in virtually every type of construction. A highly skilled and specialized occupation, your job as a welder has perhaps landed you atop a towering scaffold, inside an un-airconditioned warehouse—maybe even underwater—to do your important work.
The legal team at Zanes Law in Phoenix has worked with clients in this area before. We know that every time you crank up a welding torch, you face dangers from every direction.
If you have been injured in a welding accident or from a lifetime of working in this trade, you deserve to be compensated. Zanes Law’s welding accident lawyers in Phoenix, AZ will do everything from A to Z to see that you recover the damages. Call us today at (866)-499-8989 for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Common Injuries Resulting From a Welding Accident
The hot materials you use to join metals, the bright lights emanating from your torch, the sparks and fumes rising from your materials, the heavy equipment you use to perform your work, and the very locations in which the job of the day requires you to work, present risk factors to your safety every single day.
Some common welding injuries include:
- Vision Loss
- Invisible Light Exposure
- UV Exposure
- Infrared Radiation Exposure
- Toxic Fume Inhalation
- Eye Injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Skin Injuries
Some welding accidents result in fatal injuries. If your loved one died as the result of his or her welding injuries, you may pursue a wrongful death action. Zanes Law will handle this effort for you with fierce conviction, dignity, and compassion.
Filing for Workers’ Compensation for Your Welding Accident Injuries
Workers’ compensation benefits can help you pay for medical expenses and recover lost wages. Before you embark on the process, know that your application will go nowhere if you have not notified your employer of the accident within 30 days of its occurrence.
The remaining steps require just as much attention to deadlines and details. You will need to stay on top of documentation, including medical records and expenses. Be prepared for the insurance company to deny or undervalue your claim (nothing personal; it is the nature of their business). You can always appeal that denial.
A Zanes Law welding accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ will shield you from the headache of filing and appealing. We will represent your case with the insurance company and aim for a settlement that will meet your needs and make you happy.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Your Crane Accident
You always have the option to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
If we can prove that your employer’s negligence caused your accident and your injuries, you can file a claim or lawsuit against the company.
In the case of a welding accident, there are many ways in which a company can be held liable. Perhaps your employer failed to provide you proper safety equipment or adequate training, or ensure that your workspace was well ventilated. Maybe the welding equipment was faulty—something your employer should check before signing it out for use.
If it turns out that your accident was caused by faulty or defective equipment, you can also pursue a claim or file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Establishing Liability for Your Welding Accident in the Workplace
By identifying the party at fault for your welding accident, we take the first step toward making that party legally responsible for the outcome of the accident. In legal terms, this level of responsibility is called “liability.” The law needs to know that the party acted negligently before designating a liable party in your case.
- We will establish that a certain party had a primary duty of care to ensure your safety in the workplace. Employers generally have this duty.
- We will use the evidence we gather from photos, surveillance camera videos, eyewitnesses to prove that this party failed to fulfill this duty of care.
- We will also use elements of evidence we gather to prove that the party’s negligence in fulfilling this duty caused your welding accident.
- We will present medical documentation proving that the welding accident caused your injuries.
- Finally, we will highlight expert opinions we solicit from economists and medical, vocational, and life planning experts to illustrate that you have suffered—and will continue to suffer–physical and emotional injuries, as well as financial damages as the result of your injuries.
Taking the above steps with precision and determination, the Zanes Law team will do everything from A to Z to build a rock-solid case that will make insurers, lawyers, judge, and jury sit up and take notice.
Calculating Recoverable Damages in Your Welding Accident Case
The next phase of our case-building involves determining the value of your case. We will list all the damages—physical, financial, professional, lifestyle, emotional—created by your injuries.
We will tap the expertise of well-respected specialists to assign values to each item on the list. These values will account for the damages you already suffered, are currently suffering, and will suffer in the future.
Some of the damages you might recover in your crane accident case are:
- Lost wages
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Replacement services
- Medical expenses
- Prescription medicine
- Pain management
- Surgeon fees
- Doctor fees
- Diminished enjoyment of life
- Physical therapy
- Replacement services
- Lost benefits
A welding accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ will submit this list to the liable party’s insurer in the form of a demand letter.
Our attorneys will negotiate aggressively to reach a fair settlement, and if the insurance company does not budge, we will continue the fight in a civil court. We will champion before a judge and jury your right to be compensated for the amount you deserve.
Our Welding Accident Lawyers in Phoenix Will Take Charge of Your Case
This is your time to rest and recover physically from your injuries. Do not burden yourself with the stress of trying to manage this quest for compensation on your own, especially when you have to deal with the headache of meticulous details and deal-breaking deadlines like that imposed by Arizona’s statute of limitations.
Zanes Law we will do everything from A to Z from the tedious to the strategic to the creative to see you are fairly compensated. It is what we do.
Call our firm at (866)-499-8989 for a free, no obligation case review.