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What You Need to Know About Workplace Burn Injuries

Burn Injury Treatment
Burn injuries are no laughing matter, but they still happen on the job. They may occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps, employees are not well instructed about the dangers of fire safety, or perhaps, the workplace simply isn't safely maintained.

No matter the reason why you have been involved in a burn incident at work, you have rights. You have the right to come to court and demonstrate that an accident was the fault of an employer. In doing so, you may be able to recoup medical expenses, legal fees and lost wages.

Candidates for Burn Injuries

Although studies show that younger males tend to be at higher risk for burns in the workplace, burn injuries can happen to anybody that works around chemicals, electrical equipment or other fire hazards. The more you know about burn injuries now, the better you can protect yourself when it is time to go to court.
Burns can be especially difficult to deal with, so getting in touch with a personal injury attorney can help you resolve the financial problems linked to extensive medical bills and inability to work. Anybody can come to court to demonstrate that they have been victims of personal injuries on the job.

Types of Workplace Burns

There are several types of workplace burns you should be aware of. Each burn occurs in specific types of situations, so it is important that you are accurate when you come to court with documentation. The type of burn also makes a difference in the type of treatment you receive.
Thermal Burns
Thermal burns may penetrate every layer of skin, resulting in patches, blisters and extreme pain. These burns can be first, second or third-degree. If you have ever been sunburned or touched a hot frying pan, you have experienced a thermal burn. Thermal burns may require extensive medical care depending on the degree.

Chemical Burns
Chemical burns may occur from direct contact or inhalation of a chemical, often leading to extreme damage. Misuse of a chemical can lead to these chemical burns. Certain types of workplaces are more likely to lead to chemical burns than others, and factories are common settings for these types of occurrences.

Electrical Burns
Electrical burns occur when electricity flows through the body. Lightning and experiencing electrical current running through the body both lead to electrical burns, possibly causing internal damage to the body. Even if you cannot see the damage caused by this type of burn, it is essential that you seek medical treatment immediately.

The Threat of Workplace Burns

Unfortunately, workplace burns are linked to physical health, social life and economic standing. You need to focus on recovering physically, which makes it all the more important for you to file a personal injury claim if you have medical bills to worry about. Some people who experience burns discover that they are unable to work again, making it hard to earn a living.

How an Attorney Will Help

Your personal injury attorney will demonstrate a number of facts based on your reasons for bringing forward a lawsuit. You might have been burned because the workplace was not safe or the employer failed to enforce safety regulations. You may need to bring photos or witnesses to demonstrate this to the court.

Your lawyer might also seek to prove to that employees were not trained to handle materials or situations correctly. You might be able to use witness statements to prove this case as well.

The Law Office of Meier, Wickhem, Lyons & Schulz, S.C. may be able to help you if you are suffering from a workplace burn injury. Call us today to learn more about the benefits you are entitled to.