The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over 200 American workers are killed every year due to burn injuries sustained at the workplace. An additional 500 employees are seriously injured by workplace burn injuries, requiring extensive hospitalization and long-term medical treatment. Burn injuries are one of the most common Workers’ Compensation claims, injuring a large number of North Carolina workers every year.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Chemical burns
Although burn injuries are most common in construction and machining environments, no workplace is entirely safe from the potential for burn injuries. People in several types of industries – including retail and roofing – can be at risk for this type of injury. Sadly, many burn injuries could have been avoided if proper training and equipment maintenance had been observed.
Rehabilitation from Burn Injuries
Serious burns can have devastating, life-long effects on their victims. The limited movement caused by burn injuries may require multiple surgeries, and some level of permanent disfigurement is almost guaranteed. When a worker suffers a serious burn injury at the workplace, the rehabilitation costs can be astronomical. In addition, you may never be able to return to your previous position, since full recovery from a burn injury is not always possible.
Many families are left without a steady flow of income or adequate settlements following a burn injury. The experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, are here to help you get the benefits you are entitled to during the potentially long recovery period from workplace burn injuries. From the filing of your initial paperwork through long-term care for your injury, our attorneys are completely devoted to helping you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you live in North Carolina and have sustained a burn injury on the job, please contact the experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, today to schedule a free initial consultation. We happily serve clients in and around Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, Winston Salem, Durham, Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington, and all areas in North Carolina.