New Jersey Workers’ Comp Attorney Says Rise in Workplace Fire Deaths Indicates Irresponsible Behavior

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Samuel L. Davis of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., says workplace deaths and injuries by fire may be the result of negligence and can be prevented.

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New Jersey personal injury lawyer Samuel L. Davis

A rise in the number of workplace burn fatalities, especially of this magnitude, indicates that people with important safety responsibilities are not doing their jobs.

New Jersey workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney Samuel L. Davis today expressed concern about new government statistics showing more than a doubling of the number of deaths resulting from workplace fires from 2009 to 2010.

“Policies for safeguarding fire hazards and preventing fires should be standard operating procedure in the American workplace,” said Davis, a certified civil trial attorney with extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases.

“Fires that cause injuries or fatalities to workers are usually caused by negligence of some sort, and they should not happen,” he said. “A rise in the number of workplace burn fatalities, especially of this magnitude, indicates that people with important safety responsibilities are not doing their jobs.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its recently released Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010. It marked the highest burn fatality count since 2003.

Davis’ New Jersey law firm, Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., has helped thousands of injured workers and their families throughout New Jersey and New York recover compensation for burn injuries through workers’ compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death actions.

“What we have found is that fire-related workplace injuries are, in many cases, the result of improper supervision and the failure to provide proper fire safety equipment,” Davis said. “Both of these are negligent acts that are preventable.”

Davis said those injured by workplace fires or explosions, or the families of those killed in workplace fires, should seek legal advice about obtaining compensation to assist in their recovery.

“Burn injuries are among the worst we see. The emotional anguish on top of the physical damage can leave deep, long-lasting wounds,” Davis said. “Burn victims often require multiple skin grafts, plastic surgeries, a lengthy hospital stay, physical therapy and counseling.”

Workers’ compensation benefits are usually not enough, Davis said.

“The recovery from a catastrophic burn injury is painful, lengthy and costly,” he said.

“Anyone injured in a workplace fire, or who is the loved one of a worker hurt or killed in a fire on the job, owes it to themselves to contact a skilled New Jersey personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney to learn about their options.”

About Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.

The New Jersey personal injury attorneys and dedicated staff of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., provide compassionate and skilled legal help to those injured by the negligence of others.

Since 1981, the firm has secured more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for clients throughout North Jersey and New York, including the communities of Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms River, Trenton, Clifton, Camden, Brick Township, Woodbridge Township, Bergen Co., Middlesex Co., Somerset Co., Warren Co., Sussex Co., Monmouth Co., Mercer Co., Ocean Co., Hudson Co., Passaic Co., Essex Co., Union Co., Morris Co., Teaneck, Fort Lee, Paramus, Hackensack, Hoboken, Secaucus, Englewood, Mahwah, Bergenfield, Union City, North Bergen, Ridgewood, Bayonne, Ridgefield, Belleville, Alpine, New Milford and Atlantic City.

The firm’s practice areas include personal injury, auto accidents, drunk driving accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, slip and fall, truck accidents and workers’ compensation.

For more information about Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., call (800) LAW-2000 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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