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Filing Workers' Comp after a Burn at Work
Sustaining a burn at work may be more serious than you think. Talk to an Orlando workplace injury lawyer if you need help with workers' comp because even a minor burn injury can require medical treatment. It may even require a burned worker to miss more than a few days of work. When a burn injury is severe, intensive medical care may be required, and the injured worker may be prevented from working for weeks or even months at a time. In some cases, a burn injury can be so severe that it leaves the worker permanently disabled.
When a burn at work is serious enough to prevent the worker from returning to work, the worker can file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits.
Industries in Which Burn Injuries are Common
Any type of worker who works around sources of heat, electricity or chemicals is at risk for a burn at work. Most commonly, the workers who are most at risk for sustaining a burn injury are listed below.
- Constructions workers
- Restaurant workers
While burn injuries in the above professions may be more common, anyone can incur a burn injury.
Types of Burns
The most common type of burn with which people are familiar is a thermal burn, also known as a heat burn. A thermal burn occurs when the skin comes into contact with a hot surface, like a stove, or directly with a flame.
But thermal burns are not the only types of burns that workers are at risk of incurring. Electrical burns, for example, may be sustained by anyone who works with electrical wiring. In rare cases, outdoor workers, if struck by lightning, can sustain electrical burns.
Chemical burns are another high-risk burn type. Chemical burns are caused when certain chemicals react negatively with the skin, resulting in a burning sensation. Some chemical burns are minor and result in irritation or mild pain only. Others are much more severe and can result in skin damage.
The other type of burn that a worker may sustain is a radiation burn. Again, outdoor workers are an at-risk group for radiation burns because the sun causes these burns. Radiation (like that used for cancer treatment) also can cause radiation burns.
When a burn occurs, it is classified as a first-degree, second-degree or third-degree burn injury. As the scale would imply, first-degree burns are the least severe; third-degree burns are the most severe. A third-degree burn destroys all layers of the skin, including the nerve endings. Sometimes, a third-degree burn injury even destroys bones. This type of burn injury can cause death. It also can cause permanent disfigurement and disability.
Florida Workers’ Compensation
If your burn injury occurred during a work-related accident or activity and if your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, then this insurance should pay for medical benefits and lost wages. Most employers are required under law to carry workers’ compensation. If you’re in the construction industry, for example, an employer must have workers’ compensation insurance if the company has one or more employee.
To report your injury, you’ll need to notify your employer within 30 days. Then your employer is responsible for reporting the injury to its workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
An Orlando Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Represent You
If you have more questions about workers’ compensation, whether or not you’re covered, and how to apply, the attorneys at The Francis Law Group can provide all the answers you need. We also can help you file a claim and gather evidence to substantiate the extent of your injury.
Don’t wait to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you do, you may lose out on your right to benefits. Call us today to start the process at 407-363-9939 or contact us online.