Nevada Workers Comp Attorney for Burn Injuries at Work
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA ), more than 5,000 workers are hospitalized after getting burned at work each year, and approximately 200 of those burn injuries are fatal. Burns can understandably be among the most serious of all work-related injuries.
People who suffer a severe burn injury also suffer some of the most painful, catastrophic and disfiguring injuries you can imagine. In addition to the pain and extreme discomfort, emotional or psychological scars from a disfigurement can last a lifetime.
Medical expenses can start to pile up, and become an overwhelming burden for those suffering the lasting affects of a burn injury.
Workplace Burn Injury
First-degree, second-degree, and especially third-degree burns can be debilitating, and any employee who suffers a burn injury at work should seek emergency medical treatment immediately. There are many ways you can be burned at work, and almost all of them qualify for workers compensation benefits.
Some ways workers can be subjected to burns at work include:
- Firefighters burned while extinguishing a fire
- Electrical burns by Electricians
- Roofers in contact with hot tar
- Mechanics burned by fires or chemicals
- Plumbers injured by drain cleaners and other harmful chemicals
- Inhalation of toxic fumes
- Chefs, Cooks, Restaurant employees burned by stove fires
- Warehouse fires
Mounting Medical Bills After A Workplace Burn Injury
Workers’ compensation benefits include payment of medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses (medications, bandages, etc.), and about two-thirds of lost wages. In addition to these expenses, damages may also be claimed for pain & suffering, or disfigurement.