Getting workers' compensation for a work-related burn injury
Some of the most serious and life-changing injuries workers sustain on the job are burns. Not only do burns cause a significant amount of pain, but they can also be disfiguring and have a lifelong impact. Those who work around hot stoves, on construction sites, around hazardous materials, and around electrical sources or boilers are the most at risk of sustaining burn injuries.
The most common burn sources include:
- Thermal burns - Often caused by open flames, hot machinery, or exposure to flammable or combustible materials.
- Electrical burns - Contact with live electric sources can result in electrical burns.
- Chemical burns - Exposure to dangerous chemicals (acid, gasoline, solvents, etc.) can result in serious burns to the skin.
- Scalding burns - These are burns caused by exposure to hot liquids or steam.
- Radiation burns - Severe burns can be caused by exposure to ultraviolet light.
The most common types of burns workers sustain include:
- First degree burns - which are the least serious and affect the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and lead to redness and pain.
- Second degree burns - which affect the epidermis and the second layer of skin known as the dermis. This type of burn can result in swelling, red and white spots on the skin, blisters, severe pain and scarring.
- Third degree burns - which damages all three layers of the skin, including the fat layer beneath the skin. This type of burn can cause black, brown and white spots on the skin and destroy nerves.
Complications of burn injuries
The most common complications stemming from burn injuries include:
- Bacterial infections, which could potentially enter the bloodstream and lead to sepsis
- Loss of blood and other fluids
- Dangerous drops in body temperature
- Scarring and overgrowth of scar tissue
Workers may recover from minor burns with minimal treatment and time off from work. Serious burns can take several months to heal. Sometimes, they can result in permanent disfigurement, loss of a body part or a serious infection.
If you sustained a burn injury that covers a large area, is deep, or causes dark, leathery spots on the skin, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. The same goes for burns that don't show any signs of improvement or result in increased pain, swelling or oozing from the wound.
Your injury may be treated with antibiotics, medications for pain and inflammation, surgery and rehabilitation. If your burn is serious enough, you may need a skin graph.
Not only do burns cause physical symptoms, but they can also result in mental anguish and emotional distress, especially when the complications are permanent.
Does workers' compensation cover burn injuries?
If you sustained a burn injury at work, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits in Mississippi. The attorneys at Tabor Law Firm can help you pursue a claim and get compensated for your medical expenses (current and future), lost wages and disability benefits if you're unable to return to work.
It's important that you notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible and get a proper medical diagnosis from a doctor. Without this evidence, employers and their insurance companies can argue that your injury wasn't work-related. If any errors are made during the filing process, your claim can be denied. Don't take that chance. Let our experienced legal team work for you and get the results you deserve.
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