Every industry utilizes something that can cause a burn, from overly hot coffee pots, to frayed electrical wires, to construction site explosions. The fact that there are so many common ways to be burned in your workplace, does not mean that your injury should go unnoticed. Workers’ compensation covers any injury caused in the workplace, including burns. Regardless of whose fault the accident was, workers’ compensation is available to help you recover. It takes care of medical bills, disability payments, rehabilitation, and more.
There are several types of burns you might be at risk of, all with different causes and treatments. Often, workplace burns can be prevented through adherence to safety measures and protocol, but human error is always a factor. Thousands of workplace burns of all types occur each year, many resulting in hospitalization.
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Thermal burns are caused by heat from a liquid, flames, explosions, and hot objects. These can often be prevented by wearing correct heat-protectant gear and maintaining machinery to prevent dangerous accidents.
Chemical burns are the result of exposure to corrosive materials (strong acids, alkaloids, etc.) often found in industrial cleaners. Protective gear and proper safety training are good ways to combat chemical burns in the workplace.
Electrical currents exposed to soft tissue heat up and cause electrical burns. Recognizing live wires and marking high voltage areas are a few ways to reduce the risk of electrical burns.
Sun Exposure Burns
Sun exposure burns are typically experienced by people who work outdoors for long periods of time. Severe sunburns can result in sun poisoning or, over a long time, melanoma. These burns can be prevented by wearing hats and other protective clothing alongside sunscreen.
There are four degrees of burn severity:
- First Degree: burn site is red and painful, but has not blistered
- Second Degree: extends below top layer of skin and causes blistering and soreness
- Third Degree: burns affect epidermis, dermis, and sometimes beyond; area looks white and charred
- Fourth Degree: all skin layers and sometimes muscle and bone are affected; sometimes require amputation
Contact the Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.
If you or a loved one has been burned in a work setting, do not hesitate to contact the legal team at Jenkins Utley, P.C. The workers’ compensation process can be a complex one; don’t go through it alone. Even if your claim is denied initially, we may be able to get you compensation.
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