Legal Guidance For Painful Workplace Burn Injuries

March 16, 2018 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Personal Injury Workplace Burn Workers Compensation Burn Injury

Many workplace burn injuries, resulting from electrocution or other hazards, require serious medical treatment that can only be provided by a physician. The cost of care needed for a burn injury treatment plan can quickly escalate, overwhelming the victim with financial burden. If you have suffered from workplace burn injuries, let an attorney who focuses on personal and workplace injuries help you pursue full compensation. Provo, UT, attorneys at Flickinger, Sutterfield, and Boulton fight for victims’ rights. We have experience helping victims recover from the physical, emotional, and financial damage done after an accident.

medic wrapping forearm of victim

Common Questions about Workplace Burn Injuries

Burns range from mild to severe, depending on how many layers of tissue are damaged. For many at-home burns from cooking or health and beauty appliances, a cold ice pack or layer of aloe vera gel or other ointment can do the trick. But for more serious burns, especially those that happen while at work, it is beneficial to know what to do:

  • What do I do immediately after a burn on the job? The first step to take after being hurt at work is to secure the area and make sure no further hazards are present. Report the burn to a supervisor right away, and seek immediate medical care.
  • Who has to pay the medical bills for a workplace burn injury? Businesses and companies that fail to abide by safety rules and regulations are responsible for the costs of care when workers are hurt on the jobsite. This may come in the form of a civil suit, or by bringing a workers compensation claim.
  • What type of evidence is necessary to prove a workplace burn injury? Pictures of the accident scene, medical notes and diagnosis, treatment plans, eyewitness testimony, and company safety logs are all good pieces of evidence for workplace burns. The more severe the burn, the more likely you are to have a larger volume of evidence about how the accident happened, how it could have been prevented, and the extent of medical care and treatment needed.
  • How is my claim evaluated for financial recovery? Every case is different, with a different set of damages. Typically, victims are allowed to seek reimbursement for time off work, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, and other costs. Evaluation of your claim for an appropriate amount of compensation can depend on the type of case you file, with a civil action having a different set of guidelines than those found in a workers’ compensation setting.

How to Recover from a Workplace Burn Injury

If you have been in an accident at work and been burned, you should take steps to hold your employer responsible. Handing your case over to an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney allows you to focus on recovery, while your case is prosecuted. Our approach is one on one with you, as we aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation you need to make a full recovery. You are entitled to repayment of any lost wages, medical expenses, the cost of future medical needs or therapy, pain and suffering, and all out-of-pocket expenses associated with the accident.

Help with a Workplace Burn Injury

If you have been burned at work, we can help you demand fair reimbursement. Call us to learn more or contact us online.