Many workers across the country work in facilities that have equipment that functions at very high temperatures. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility or a kitchen, working with flames and high temperatures puts workers at risk for injury. It’s also common to see severe and significant burn injuries.How Do Burn Injuries Happen?
Burn injuries can happen in almost any way. However, we see burn injuries most often in the following scenarios:
- Industrial Explosions: When equipment malfunctions and there is an explosion, workers often suffer from severe burns.
- Kitchen Accidents: Ovens, ranges, and other kitchen equipment operate at high enough temperatures to cause burns even when it does not malfunction.
- Car Accidents: Many people who drive while working get in car accidents that sometimes lead to burn injuries.
- Fires: If a fire erupts at your place of work, smoke inhalation injuries are most common, but burn injuries do happen.
- Chemical Accidents: Chemical burns often occur when they come in contact with skin.
Though all burns are serious, some are more significant than others. Burns are classified by degrees. They start at 1st degree burns, which are relatively minor burns that affect only the surface of the skin without much damage. They then range all the way up to 4th degree burns, which can burn away layers of skin, bones, muscle, and tendon.What Will Workers Compensation Pay for?
No matter what type of injury you sustain at work, Workers Compensation benefits are available to help you through these tough times. Burn injuries are no different. Therefore, you will be entitled to the following benefits:
- Lost Wage Replacement: if you can’t work because of a burn injury, you will be entitled to compensation during that time. This includes temporary total benefits if you are only temporarily unable to work as well as permanent and total disability if you are permanently disabled. This also includes partial disability for employees who are able to work, but not at their pre-injury levels.
- Medical Expenses: Workers Compensation will pay for your medical bills. This will include many procedures such as skin grafts and laser treatments to not only help the healing process, but also minimize the permanent scarring associated with burn injuries.
- Section 36 Benefits: If you do end up with a permanent scar or a permanent loss of function, there are benefits available to compensate you.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury while at work, you need an experienced workers compensation attorney. Burn injuries are complex. This is especially true for more severe burns that affect not only your skin, but also your nerves, muscles, and bones. Even after the skin has healed, those injuries to the underlying tissue can cause long term injuries that significantly affect your life.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we have decades of experience representing workers who have been injured on the job. We also know burn injuries. We then use our knowledge to ensure that our clients get the compensation they are entitled to so they can move forward with their lives after these terrible accidents.
If you have been hurt on the job, whether you suffer a burn injury or other type of injury, call the workers compensation lawyers at Marcotte Law Firm for a free consultation.