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Suffering Serious Burn Injuries On the Job

Published in Workers Compensation on March 31, 2020.

Burn injuries suffered at work are more common than you might think. A serious burn injury can leave you unable to work for weeks, months, or possibly even years. In addition to treatment and recovery, you will also need to figure out how to replace your lost income and get compensation for your medical expenses. The challenges are numerous and can be overwhelming. 

The Macon workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith, Attorneys at Law, can help you get back on your feet. With knowledge, skill, and experience, we work to protect your future. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today. 

The Types of Burn Injuries You May Suffer

Depending on where you work, you may face a substantial risk of burn injury. However, the reality is that almost anyone can suffer a burn injury at work. There are three types of common burn injuries that workers face is almost any workplace: 

  • Thermal burns caused by coming into contact with open flames, steam, boiling liquids, or hot solid objects. 
  • Chemical burns caused by synthetic substances that damage soft tissues such as your skin, lungs, eyes, and ears. 
  • Electrical burns caused by coming into contact with exposed electrical currents. 

The injuries you suffer could range from mild to severe, and are categorized as follows:

  • First-degree burns are when the damage is limited to the outer layer of the skin. First degree burns cause pain, swelling, and redness. 
  • Second-degree burns, also referred to as partial-thickness burns, damage the outer layer and underlying layer of skin. Blisters are a sign that you have suffered a second-degree burn. 
  • Third-degree burns damage the deep layers of the skin and are sometimes referred to as full-thickness burns. The skin will be white or even blackened, and you may also experience numbness. 

Of course, you should seek medical attention for any burn you suffer at work to ensure you get a proper diagnosis and receive the appropriate treatment. 

Understand Your Options

Any time that you are injured at work, it is important to understand your options – your ability to pay your bills and take care of your family depends on it. The question is whether you should pursue a claim for workers’ compensation or a personal injury lawsuit. 

Workers’ compensation will cover your lost wages and pay your medical benefits so long as you are unable to work. It is a no-fault system, meaning that you do not need to prove that your employer is responsible for your accident. In fact, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation even if your injury was the result of your own carelessness. However, workers’ compensation does not cover things like pain and suffering, which may be a substantial part of your claim. 

A personal injury lawsuit is more complicated. While you can seek recovery of all of your losses (including pain and suffering), you will have to prove your case. It could also take several months or possibly even years before you receive your compensation. However, it may be your best option in some situations, such as if your injury was caused by gross negligence or a defective product. An experienced workplace injury lawyer can help you understand your options and decide which course of action is best in your case.

Contact a Macon Workers Compensation Attorney if You’ve Been Injured at Work 

A serious burn injury can change your life forever, but you may be entitled to compensation. The Macon workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith, Attorneys at Law, can help you navigate your options so that you can move forward with your life. Call us today at (478) 746-1468 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.