It is an unfortunate truth that many workplaces are dangerous. If you have been burned as a result of simply doing your job, then you are likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation. However, it is not always this easy. Keep reading to find out more about the types of burns a person can suffer from and how to file a workers’ compensation claim if it happens. You can also contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.
Suffering thermal heat burns at work
In most cases, a thermal heat burn injury happens when a person comes into contact with a direct heat source such as an open flame, hot liquid, steam, or industrial machinery. This type of burn can result in a person’s entire body catching fire. Depending on the situation, the worker’s clothing could also catch on fire. These are the type of fires we are all told to “stop, drop, and roll” to extinguish.
A person who has suffered from a thermal heart burn will have immediate pain and swelling. They should seek medical attention right away and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise removing jewelry immediately, unless it is too hot to remove in which case the emergency medical staff should do it.
Suffering electrical burns at work
An electrical burn can occur from electrical wiring, arcs, electrical currents, or sparks. These burns do not always show up right away due to the fact that much of the damage is often under the skin. However, a person can receive an immediate jolt from an electrical surge and be thrown offer their feet. This often leads to additional injuries if the victim falls from a high place.
Electrical burns are often the most dangerous because they so frequently lead to heart rhythm disturbance. In a worst-case scenario, this can lead to cardiac arrest and death. It is almost always true that a person injured by an electrical burn will need immediate medical care.
Suffering chemical burns at work
Some of the worst burns happen due to chemicals. This kind of burn injury can actually melt off the skin of the affected person. Chemical burns most often happen to a person’s eyes, hands, feet, or face. The cause is generally related to exposure to caustic or corrosive materials. For example, certain cleaners and solvents.
How to file a workers’ compensation claim
If you have suffered a burn injury at work then you may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim. The easiest way to find out what your options are is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We will go over your case to provide comprehensive legal advice. If filing a workers’ compensation claim is the right next step, then we will help you do so.