Construction Worker Flown to DC after Suffering Severe Burns in Work Accident

By Peter DePaolis

Construction work is dangerous. In the United States, the most fatal work injuries are routinely construction industry-related, and the work is particularly dangerous for those working on buildings. Deaths amongst engineers, painters, and electricians, for example, are typically much lower than deaths amongst laborers. A Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can assist you if you have been involved in a construction accident.

Emergency workers recently flew a West Virginia construction worker to Washington, D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center after the man received first and second degree burns on every 40 percent of his body in a construction accident. He was working on a steam valve that broke off, resulting in a spew of scorching hot steam. The man was helping to build an outpatient mental health clinic for a Veterans Affairs center. He is in critical but stable condition and he will remain in the hospital to receive treatment for his burns.

Education and safety measures are the best ways to prevent construction accidents like this from occurring. In some cases, however, training and safety precautions are not enough. If engineers and companies design or manufacture equipment negligently, all of the safety precautions in the world will not prevent an accident. These parties should be held accountable for taking shortcuts or not employing enough safety measures in their own products.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a construction accident, contact Joseph H. Koonz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P, to learn how you can obtain compensation for your injuries.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.