Vititoe Law GroupPersonal Injury Lawyers
Over $1 Billion Recovered In Personal Injury Cases
By Jim Vititoe And His Firms
Free Initial Consultation
818-851-1886
NO RECOVERY • NO FEE

Burn Injuries Bring $1.3 Million Settlement in Warehouse Blast

A New Jersey electrical contractor has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement for burn injuries received in a warehouse explosion, as reported in the New Jersey Law Journal.

According to the suit, Michael Young, of Bayville who was 50 at the time, needed to be airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, suffering from third-degree burns encompassing 36 percent of his body, including his arms, legs, hands, face, neck and back.

Mr. Young was working as an electrical contractor at Dealer Tire on Valley Brook Road in Lyndhurst NJ. He was replacing a component on a fire suppression system on June 16, 2012, when he was suddenly engulfed in flames. Emergency workers quickly got Young to the Matera Field landing zone where they were met by a helicopter that transported him to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center, the states only certified burn treatment center.

Preceding the accident, the system had been inspected by a sprinkler contractor and was found to have extensive corrosion and water damage. Despite the findings, no one named in the lawsuit informed Young of the deficiencies, according to the report.

Young not only sued Dealer Tire but also Palin Enterprises and Valley PW, two entities the each owned 50 percent of the warehouse and were responsible for roof maintenance under the lease, as well as Associated Fire Protection, which performed the sprinkler inspection; and Atlantic Sprinkler, which was performing work on the system at the time of the blast, the report says.

Workplace Burn Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace burn injuries account for one-quarter of all serious burns requiring hospitalization. More than 5000 U.S. workers are injured each year from fires and explosions each year. These injuries are not only to the skin but also to the eyes, throat and lungs.

Burns can be caused by exposure to flames but also from extreme cold, radiation, chemicals, sun, hot liquids like cooking oil, and electrical currents. Electrical accidents such as the one referred to in this article, are one of the most common types of workplace burn injuries, according to OSHA.

Covering the burned area with ointments and bandages can easily treat first and second-degree burns but third and fourth degree burns can be cataclysmic and even deadly. Fourth degree burns go through all three layers of skin, destroying muscle and even reaching the bone.

Burn injures, especially the severe variety, can severely impact an individuals quality of life, their ability to work or even perform normal day-to-day tasks. An individual, who suffered a workplace burn injury, may be able to collect workers compensation, to cover medical bills, transportation to care facilities, medications and loss of income.

Depending upon the severity of the burn, a person may be entitled to additional compensation, to ensure they receive proper care and treatment.

If workers compensation does not cover the full costs, the injury attorneys at Vititoe Law Group can help by pursuing the liable party or parties for additional compensation.

If you received a burn injury at work, call Vititoe Law Group today for a free evaluation of your case. We have helped countless victims of traumatic injuries get the restitution that they deserve. Let us do the same for you. Call 818-851-1886 today

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
More Than 30 Years of Experience Fighting For the Victims of Negligence

Contact Us For A Free Confidential Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Corporate Office

Westlake Village
5707 Corsa Avenue
Second Floor
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 818-991-8900
Fax: 818-991-6200
Westlake Village Law Office Map

Downtown L.A.
1055 W. 7th Street Floor 33, Suite 54
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 213-839-8800
Los Angeles Law Office Map

Oxnard
309 South A Street, Suite #101
Oxnard, CA 93030

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 805-385-3200
Fax: 805-385-3100
Oxnard Law Office Map

Orange County
38 Corporate Park
Suite 44
Irvine, CA 92606

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 949-791-2770
Irvine Law Office Map

Palmdale
190 Sierra CT
B-111
Palmdale, CA 93550

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 661-273-5600
Palmdale Law Office Map