About one fourth of all serious burn injuries that need hospitalization happen in the workplace. Did you or someone you know end up seeking medical attention after you/they were burned? If so read on.
According to OSHA, over 5,000 workers in the U.S. are injured in workplace fires and explosions, with 200 fatalities. Electrical, chemical, thermal and radiation burns can cause great harm.
It is common for burns to affect the throat, lungs, skin and eyes sometimes causing blindness. Some of the work venues where burns are more prevalent are steel mills, construction sites, laboratories, refineries, roofing companies, chemical plants, and kitchens. Kitchen restaurant burns can be more common than one would think.
Take for instance; a side order cook was recently burned when asked to heat a can of broth in the deep fryer! The employee did as he was asked by management but as expected the can exploded due to the fact that it was a sealed container that under extreme heat would of course do just that. The employee suffered burns and permanent scaring to his face and arms. These types of accidents are all too common among restaurateurs.
Electrical burns are one of the most common types of burn injuries, especially in the construction industry. Electrical burns, as any serve burn, can cause death even instantaneously. A safe work environment, using the right equipment and having the right training is vital to your safety. These burns happen when an electrical current passes through an electrical cord, outlet or machinery and then runs through a person’s body, sometimes causing both external and internal damage along with extreme pain and anguish. Electrical burns can cause both temporary and permanent scaring.
These burns are categorized as first, second or third degree burns. First degree burns are relatively minor. Third degree burns can be devastating, causing extreme pain, scarring and nerve damage. If you have suffered from a third degree burns at your workplace make sure to contact a professional to represent you. These types of injuries can cause damage that is visible and not visible to the naked eye. A professional will be able to determine what level of burn you have and if you should seek damages for your pain and suffering.
Second degree burns although not as severe as third degree burns can cause permanent damage and scaring. So, like third degree burns, do not take them lightly.
Workplace Burn Injury Lawyer
If you have sustained a burn injury as a result of a workplace accident, then you should consult a Mobile workplace injury attorney at the Citrin Law Firm, as soon as possible.
Our firm is aggressive in seeking the maximum financial remedy for your medical expenses, lost wages, physical and vocational rehabilitation for your pain and suffering which may last for years to come. Don’t take burns lightly have them treated by a professional and contact a legal professional if you have third degree burns.
In some cases, a third party may be liable for your accident. Don’t take it upon yourself to determine if you are in need of representation. Our professional staff of attorneys can help you through the process of getting you the care you need. Citrin Law Firm serves clients in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Contact our one of our burn injury lawyers for a FREE case evaluation if you or someone you know has suffered from a workplace related burn injury.