The Rights of Burn Injury Victims to Workers’ Compensation
April 5, 2018
Burn injuries are common at many workplaces. Workers who are burned often need surgeries and rehabilitative treatment. Many victims also require psychological care especially if their face or a visible part of their body is damaged. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates work to prove you are entitled to be wage loss benefits. We demand that all your medical expenses be paid. We defend any action to force you to return to work before you’re physically and emotionally able to return. If someone dies due to their burn injuries, we work to obtain the death benefits your spouse and family are entitled to receive.
Type of Burn Injuries
Burns are among the most serious injuries a worker can sustain. A severe burn can affect the person’s ability to regulate his or her body temperature, cause construction of the muscles or permanently damage the throat and/or lungs. Most burn injuries fall into one of the three categories.
- Thermal burns. These include burns from steam, a stove, or industrial equipment. The first priority with any thermal burn is to extinguish the flames. Burned clothes should be removed. The worker should be put in a blanket or jacket. There are three types of thermal burns:
- First-degree burns. These burns affect the top layer of the skin. Common signs are redness and sensitivity to touch. Cold compresses and immersion of the skin into clean, cool water are some of the treatments. Any treatments that may cause infections should be avoided. Most first-degree burns heal with time.
- Second-degree burns. These burns penetrate below the first skin layer. Signs include blisters, possible skin loss, fluid, and pain. Again, treatments that might cause infections should be avoided. Arms and legs that are burned should be elevated. Healthcare workers should be prepared to treat shock. Anyone with a second-degree burn should get immediate medical help – usually by going to a local emergency room.
- Third-degree burns. These burns penetrate deep into the skin. They can affect tissue as well. The skin may appear charred and leathery. Patients may have breathing difficulties. Emergency medical help is a must. Many third-degree burn victims require skin grafts.
- Electrical burns. These are normally caused by an electric current or an electric spark. This burn type is normally not visible. The damage is usually deep under the skin. Electrical burns can cause heart attacks and other heart dangers. Many victims also have respiratory problems. Care should be taken to address the source of the shock so the electricity isn’t conducted further into the worker’s body. CPR may be required.
- Chemical burns. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers also help victims of chemical burns caused by exposure to toxic or hazardous materials. Miners are especially prone to chemical burns. Gasoline, paint thinners, lyes, and strong acids are dangerous chemical substances. If a workplace injury occurs, the source of the chemical burn should be removed. Contaminated clothing should also be removed. Loose fitting gauzes and bandages should be applied. Chemical burns often affect the limbs, hands, feet, face, and exposed parts of the body. These types of burns can also cause shock. Victims should be treated immediately.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers have been fighting for job injury victims for years. We fight to get burn injury victims all the medical help including surgeries, doctor visits, and psychological help they need. To discuss your Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia case, please phone us today at 888.PITT.LAW or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.