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Prevention and Treatment for Longshore Worker Burn Injuries

“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.” 

Longshore and Harbor Worker Attorney LHWCA Lawyer

My Best Advice

When it comes to Longshore Act Cases, nothing is more important than telling the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility. You need to be up front and honest about every detail about your case. 

Do not exaggerate the fine print. If a judge suspects your not being truthful, then they will dismiss your case. Always be honest. Always tell the truth. 

My Second Best Advice

Do your research on Longshore Act Cases and order my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer]. 

It is full of helpful and useful information when it comes to your Longshore Act Case. 

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Give our office a call at (619) 234-2833. Our team of knowledgeable staff are here to help and listen.

Shipyard Burn Injuries - Longshore & Harbor Workers

On November 21, 2013, 17 shipyard workers suffered smoke inhalation injuries after a fire broke out at the BAE Systems shipyard in the Barrio Logan neighborhood in San Diego.

Last month, crews in Miami offloaded dozens of cargo containers off a ship that had reported a fire in the hold.

Fires are not uncommon occurrences in the work force. Do you know what to do if you’ve been burned in a fire at work?

National Burn Prevention Week

This week is National Burn Prevention Week. Burns can occur at any workplace, but the shipyard workers and longshoremen who work at our nation’s ports and shipyards are especially at risk for burn injuries. There are three types of burns that commonly affect shipyard workers and longshoremen.

  • Thermal burns:  Thermal burns are burns caused by heat. 
  • Electrical burns: Electric burns occur when the body is exposed to electricity.
  • Chemical burns: Chemical burns are caused by strong acids and strong bases.

Since all longshore workers are at risk of burn injuries, it is important that harbor workers know what to do in the event of a burn.

Thermal burns

  1. Call 911.
  2. Put out any flames.
  3. Check that the burn victim is breathing and has a pulse.
  4. Loosen any restrictive clothing.
  5. Keep the victim quiet and calm.
  6. Raise the burned area above the heart if you are able.
  7. Cover the burn with a clean sheet or blanket.
  8. Watch for signs of shock.

Electrical burns

  1. Call 911.
  2. Do not touch the victim.
  3. If it is safe to do so, turn off power to the appliance that caused the shock.
  4. Once the victim has been removed from the electrical source, check to see if he is responsive.
  5. Administer CPR only if he is not breathing and does not have a pulse.

Chemical burns

  1. Call 911.
  2. Put on any safety equipment necessary to protect you from the chemicals.
  3. Rinse the burn area under cool running water for at least 20 minutes or until help arrives.
  4. Do not try to neutralize the burn.

What happens when a longshoreman and shipyard workers suffers a burn injury?

Burn injuries to longshoremen and shipyard workers are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). However, serious burns can generate millions of dollars in medical bills. Your employer and the insurance company may be hesitant to give you all the benefits you are entitled to. If you are having difficulty getting fair compensation for a burn injury, you need an experienced Longshore Act attorney that will work diligently to get the compensation you deserve.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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