According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5,250 workers died in the workplace after sustaining burn injuries in 2018. This was a 2% increase from the 2017 consensus. This increase is a cause for concern for workers in a range of industries.
Burn injuries may seem minor, but they can be incredibly painful. If the burn covers most of the body, it can prove fatal as the healing process weakens your body.
Plus, since burns cause significant damage to the skin, which is our first line of defense against bacteria, a victim can get an infection faster than a healthier person. That, along with the disfiguring scar tissue that burns leave, can affect victims physically and emotionally. Needless to say, returning to work is not an option.
Types of Workplace Burns
There are four types of burns a worker may experience in the workplace:
- 1st degree burns: This burn can take off a layer of skin and cause redness, but the injuries are superficial and can heal well. A common example is a burn caused by grabbing a hot pan (such as in a restaurant kitchen).
- 2nd degree burns: This burn damages the first and second layer of skin, which can cause blisters and swelling. A good example is a burn caused by scalding water, a hot iron, hot oil or a serious sunburn.
- 3rd degree burns: This is a serious and debilitating burn anyone can get. It damages both layers of the skin right down to the tissue underneath the skin. The burn is followed by intense pain and the burnt area can turn stiff and leathery. Common examples include burns from open cooking fires, electrical burns from exposed wiring, radiation burns, etc.
- 4th degree burns: This burn is usually life-threatening because it goes right to the muscles, bones and tendons. You can sustain one if you are caught in an office or warehouse fire and are unaware of safety exits, if any.
Occupations at Risk for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are common in most workplace environments, but some are more susceptible than others. The following workers are exposed to hazards on a more regular basis in comparison to others:
- Healthcare workers
- Construction workers
- Food workers
- Landscape workers
If you have sustained burn injuries in the workplace, you have the right to demand compensation from your employers. If you are denied workers’ compensation, get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens P.C. as soon as possible. We have more than 20 years of experience representing and fighting for workers and know what it takes to ensure you get the compensation you deserve and need.
The first consultation is free of charge so you can have peace of mind. We will take a detailed look at your case and discuss with you the best course of action for your claim. Reach us at our offices in Libertyville, Waukegan, Woodstock and Antioch, Illinois.