What Happens if I Get Burned at Work? Are My Burns Compensable?

Max went to work expecting it to be like any other work day. By the end of the day, however, he was lying in the emergency room. He had been burned at work and was in great pain. While waiting for the doctor to help him, he also wondered if his boss would hold his job for him so he could come back after he recovered. He may also have been worried about his medical bills and whether he could get compensation for his injuries.

Work-related injuries, in general.

Illinois workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits to people injured in work-related accidents. Medical treatment may be covered, as well as lost wages and rehab to get the employee back to work. Eligibility for benefits depends on a number of factors. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you find out if your injury is covered.

Work-related Burns.

According to the American Burn Association, about 486,000 people receive burn injuries every year. And approximately 5,000 work-related burn injuries occur annually.

Initially, a burn injury causes great pain. As the injured person heals, infections can set in and the recovery time can take months or longer. Depending on the severity and location of the burn, scarring or disfigurement may occur. Treatment for severe burns may include surgery and skin grafts.

Workers in some industries are more likely to get burned than others:

  • Welders;
  • Electrical workers; or
  • Ship builders and maintenance workers.

While these are common industries for burn accidents, employees might be burned at almost any job. Burn injuries include burns caused by electrical problems, fires, explosions, and chemical substances.

Compensation for Burns.

Can you receive compensation for a work-related burn injury? Absolutely. Burns are treated like any other work-related injury.

An injured worker can file a claim under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act to be compensated for their injury. Applicants for workers’ compensation should make sure they turn in all paperwork and comply with all rules and regulations.

Contact an Experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer.

Osvaldo Rodriguez has more than 20 years’ experience helping people with worker-related injuries. Schedule a free initial consultation or ask a question by calling us at 708-716-3441 or by completing the Contact Us form on our website.

Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, and Northlake.

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