Burn Injuries in the Workplace
A burn injury is categorized by how much damage the victim experiences after initial contact occurs. A minor burn includes damage to the outer layers of the skin, but a burn worsens with an increase in exposure to fire, chemicals, or electricity. An individual who experiences a major burn suffers from blistering, peeling, and bleeding to the dermis, while also sustaining damage to the internal organs. The burn categorization system begins with first degree burns, being minor inflammation or blistering of the outer dermis, and continues to include fourth degree burns, describing damage to the internal organs of the victim. The degree of the employee’s injury depends on both the thermal temperature of the source of the burn, as well as the duration of the contact with the hazardous source.
Burns can cause detrimental damage to the victim, thus altering their life and ability to work. A substantial burn may affect the skin, soft tissue, inner organs, and functionality of the nervous system. Twenty-five percent of the reported burn injuries in the nation occur while on the job, while two thirds of the burn victims are men. Click HERE for national statistics of burn injuries.
An employer takes precautions to ensure that employees have safe working conditions by training workers on the equipment and enforcing safety precautions to help to prevent accidents. For legal advice, consult the workers compensation law firm of Los Angeles where our attorneys have successful California burn injury lawsuits and settlements. For a free consultation please call Alvandi law group at (800) 980-6905.