3 Problems With Workers’ Compensation
- The benefits that workers’ compensation offers are often minimal, and coverage provided through it does not typically match up to an employee’s typical paycheck.
- It can be both time consuming and stressful to have each procedure you need approved, requiring lots of paperwork and patience.
- Workers Compensation does not allow for consideration of coverage for things experienced outside of medical treatment, such as emotional and psychological damages, or pain and suffering, often intensely experienced with burn injuries.
Thorough Assistance From Personal Injury Lawsuits
- Personal injury lawsuits can help you obtain more financial compensation, providing support and help from many different angles.
- Personal injury lawsuits offer consideration for pain and suffering during the aftermath of burn injuries.
You deserve to regain everything you’ve lost. The attorneys at Lipsig Law Firm can help you determine your possibilities.
Am I Eligible For Workers Compensation?
The fact that workers compensation is available from your employer, unfortunately, can sometimes cancel out your rights to civil action in the case of a burn injury. There are several exceptions to this rule that your circumstances may align with, and it is important to ask yourself some detailed questions about the true cause of your burn injuries while evaluating your right to legal action.
Exceptions That Entitle You To File A Burn Lawsuit
- If you believe that your burn has been caused by intentional actions from your employer
- If you believe that your burn was caused by a third party who should be held liable because of a defective product, a toxic chemical burn, defective safety equipment, or mistakes from contractors, independent contractors, and anyone else at your job site who is not your employer
Where Can I Go For Legal Help?
The burn injury lawyers at Lipsig Law Firm are local, dedicated professionals who understand Bronx businesses and know that burn injuries can cause much more than just burns. We know that these occurrences can cause you to lose your job, experience significant pain and suffering, inflict permanent deformities, scarring, and mental anguish, and even prevent you from being able to work ever again. For these important reasons, we work diligently to evaluate your case, and look carefully at the potential for civil action.
Anyone who has suffered burn injuries due to negligence in an unsafe working environment, defective product use at home or work, or automobile accidents may be entitled to compensation or civil action. Contacting one of our attorneys will help ensure that you get the treatment you deserve during this difficult time.
Lipsig Law Firm provides free case evaluations for any burn victims. When a burn victim wins a settlement, they are charged a percentage of that settlement. We do not charge for our legal services until your lawsuit is successfully settled or won. Reach out to our burn injury lawyers to find out whether you have grounds for a lawsuit, and to attain the support you rightfully require.
Emotional Support For Those Suffering From Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are considered traumas, and traumas commonly come along with both emotional and psychological implications. If you are experiencing emotional and psychological damage after a burn injury and/or the painful and often invasive medical treatments that can accompany it, you are not alone.
The general emotional responses to any sort of trauma are much the same: intense fear, overwhelming helplessness, and inability to cope. Experiencing such an event can deeply affect someone’s life for months, years, or an entire lifetime.
A natural part of the process of dealing with the trauma of burn injuries is grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD). Individuals may also struggle with feelings of self identity/image, self esteem, and self worth. Just as it’s important to address your burns with medical treatment, it’s equally important to address the psychological healing that is critical to achieving a complete recovery.
Where Can I Get Support From People Who Really Understand?
There are support groups offered for burn victims which can be extremely helpful. You can learn and heal best from others who have truly been in your shoes. These support groups can be found across the nation. A list of local facilities and resources that offer burn treatment as well as support groups and programs can be found at burnsurvivor.com.
Additional widespread support can be found by reaching out to the American Burn Association, or visiting their website at ameriburn.org.
What Types Of Burn Injuries Occur At Work?
What are they? A thermal burn happens anytime that you are exposed to something that burns you through heat. Thermal burns can occur because of fire, steam, or boiling liquids. They can also occur if you make contact with any hot surfaces, whether they are machinery parts, engines, pipes, welding equipment, or other hot items in your environment. Even extensive exposure to the sun can cause severe sunburns, which are another type of thermal burn injury.
What do they cause? If the burns received are severe, they can cause significant external damage to the skin and internal trauma as well. Complications from these types of burn can include a range of issues, from significant pain to heart attacks.
What are the treatment options? These types of injuries have long-term effects, and can require surgeries, medical procedures, counseling and rehabilitation. They can require a lengthy amount of time for treatment.
What are they? Electrical Burns occur when a worker makes contact with an electrical current of any kind, whether through a wire, an electrical socket, a piece of machinery, water containing electrical current, or even lightning. The electrical current passes through your body, causing damage both externally and internally. Because most of their damage tends to be internal, the severity of these burns can often be underestimated.
What do they cause? Electrical burns can cause severe damage, most commonly internally. The extent of the damage typically depends on the voltage of electricity that has passed through your body. The most common injuries are sustained in the outer limbs, but can also include cardiac arrhythmia issues such as ventricular fibrillation. In more severe cases, however, the electricity can cause shock within the brain and stress or damage to the heart and other organs as well.
What are the treatment options? Generally, electrical burns require medical treatment, hospitalization, and rehabilitation. Complication risks can be much higher for electrical burn victims, because the extent of internal damage can be overlooked, so physicians may choose extended hospitalization for easy monitoring.
What are they? Some work environments include corrosive, synthetic chemicals (such as solvents, thinning and alkylating agents, acids and bases, and oxidizers,) which penetrate and burn skin when they come into contact with it.
What do they cause? Injuries sustained from chemical burns can depend on many factors, such as the length of contact with the chemical, the type and amount of the chemical, and whether or not the chemical was inhaled or swallowed. In general, soft tissue areas are considered to be extra susceptible to severe chemical burns. These areas encompass skin, ears, eyes, and organs. Contact with chemicals can cause dead or blackened skin, redness and irritation accompanied by pain, or loss of vision.
What are the treatment options? Treatment for chemical burns most commonly includes skin replacement, cosmetic surgeries, occupational therapy and pain management programs, and therapy/counseling.
How Do I Determine How Severe My Burn Injuries Are?
When looking into your legal and emotional support options, the severity of your burn can make a difference. Most lawsuits involving burns are filed in relation to more severe injuries, (commonly 3rd degree burns,) although your ability to pursue legal action should always be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis. In order to determine how severe a burn of any type is, they are typically broken down into 4 degree classifications. Most burns fit into the category of first, second, or third degree, while a fourth degree burn diagnosis is much more rare.
First Degree Burns
These burns only impact the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. This area usually becomes red, irritated, and quite tender. A first degree burn can often make the skin appear dry, and is equal to a surface sunburn without blisters. These burns are called ‘superficial burns,’ because they affect only the outermost layer of skin and typically heal in about 3-6 days, when the damaged skin peels off to leave healthy skin underneath.
Medical Care For First Degree Burns
Although this is considered a more minor burn, it can still require hospitalization for pain control or fluid replenishment. Most first degree burns, however, can be treated at home. Home remedies include soaking the burn in cold water (but avoiding ice, as this can make the burn worse), taking over-the-counter pain medication, and applying antibiotic ointments, aloe gels, or soothing creams. The affected area can also be gently wrapped in gauze to protect it from further irritation. Do not apply cotton balls or use cotton to rub cream on your burn. The cotton fibers can become stuck and increase your chances for infection. Keep the injury as clean as possible while it heals.
Second Degree Burns
These burns typically involve the entire outer layer of the epidermis (skin) as well as the upper layers of the underlying skin, called the dermis. They can be dry in appearance if considered full thickness, or, if more severe, develop blisters, which give the burn a more wet appearance.
Medical Care For Second Degree Burns
These types of burns often take about 2-3 weeks to heal. If severe enough, the burns can require skin grafting. Skin grafting simply means that a medical professional borrows skin from a healthy area on the body and replaces the burned skin with it. These burns typically require medical attention, but you can ease the pain at home by running the affected area under cold water for 15+ minutes, applying antibiotic cream (again, without using cotton ball), and taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Third Degree Burns
When these burns occur, all layers of skin are significantly damaged, and injuries extend into the subcutaneous tissue of the body. These are severe burns, and the damage from them can even enter your bloodstream. Burned skin can look dry, black, or white in color, and can have a thick, leather-like texture. At times, the nerve damage from these burns is so extensive that the injured party may not feel much (if any) pain. It is critical, however, that anyone with third degree burns seek medical attention immediately.
Medical Care For Third Degree Burns
These injuries can not be treated at home, but while waiting for medical attention it is important to keep the injury above the heart and do not try to remove clothing around the burn. As these burns mean extensive damage, there is no amount of healing time associated with them. These burns also require the most risk of additional medical complications, such as shock, significant blood loss, and infection.
Fourth Degree Burns
Burns are not commonly classified as fourth degree, however, this term indicates that the damaged caused has extend into both muscle and bone. If you have suffered what you believe to be a 3rd or 4th degree burn, call 911 immediately.