Burn Injuries are a lot more common than one might believe. There are around 180,000 deaths in the world every year that are caused by burns. The cause of these injuries can range from heat, radiation, electrical, chemicals, thermal, ultraviolet, friction, and more. Normally, certain occupations can have a higher risk of burn injuries, such as cooks, construction workers, oil rig workers, industrial incidents, and first responders.
What do I do first?
It is important to stop the fire or burning process that is causing pain to you or another. Removing clothes, and “stop, drop, and roll” should be your immediate response during this crisis. Applying cold water, NOT ice, to these burns will help soothe and lessen the temperature of your burn. If you are able, wrap your wound in a clean cloth and get to your nearest hospital to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What if I was burned at work?
After seeking medical attention, it is important to let your superior or boss know about the situation. If you are unable to do this, have a family member or loved one let them know that this injury occurred on the job site and you are getting medical attention. Make sure that you are collecting all medical information and paperwork from your doctor.
Injuries such as burns can cause years of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), lost wages, funeral expenses, medical expenses, and recovery costs. Burn injuries can take years of surgeries, specialized doctor visits, and recovery time.
Will workers’ compensation cover my burn injury?
If you are unsure if your burn injury is covered by insurance or workers’ compensation, it is critical to speak to an attorney. The attorneys at Scott & Wallace will be here to determine the best way to get you covered for all of these expenses, pain, and suffering that your injury has caused. If you or your loved one is not covered by workers’ compensation, a burn injury claim can be put into action. If we cannot come to a settlement with your workplace and their insurer, your case can be taken to a lawsuit because the cost of these injuries can leave you and your loved ones in extreme financial hardship.
Burn injuries can be extremely traumatizing and leave lifelong scars along with agonizing pain and suffering. Your recovery and well-being are our top priority at Scott & Wallace. We will take this burden off of your hands and fight your battle for you. We are here to investigate, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you deserve, and you won’t pay a dime unless we win your case. Contact Scott & Wallace today to get your questions answered.