Burn Injuries at Work
Burn injuries are one of the most common occupational hazards across almost every industry. Even with proper care and treatment, workers who sustain serious burns can incur excessive medical expenses and be out of work for an extended period.
If you suffered a burn injury on the job, Riddle & Brantley can investigate your claim and help you identify all possible sources of compensation, including but not limited to workers comp benefits. It is all-too-common that negligence on the part of a property owner, third-party contractor, or other entity may have contributed to your injury – and as a result, you may be entitled to damages above and beyond workers compensation.
Questions about how to maximize workers compensation for burns? We can help. Call us at 1-800-525-7111 for a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. We will fully assess your case and give you all the information you need to decide which next steps are right for you and your family.
Common Sources of Workplace Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are not limited to close contact with open flames and hot surfaces. Medical professionals recognize five common sources of burns:
- Flames, and close contact with hot surfaces, liquids, or steam
- Electrical discharge where energy is transformed to heat when electrical current passes through skin, bones, and internal organs
- Chemical burns from acidic or caustic substances
- Radiation burns
Workers’ Comp Settlement for Burn Injury
The value of your workers’ comp settlement will depend upon the specific facts of your work-related injury. For example, in one of our more complex workers’ compensation cases, Riddle & Brantley helped a client recover almost $2.5 million after he fell from a platform at his workplace and suffered a severe and disabling head injury. Those damages were based, in part, on wages lost because our client was no longer able to work, and on his continuing medical costs and expenses (see disclaimer below).
For burns and other common workplace injuries, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy should provide some degree of reimbursement for your lost wages and ongoing medical expenses. If your employer’s insurance company is not paying you what you deserve or you have any concerns over interacting with your employer or its insurers in a workers’ comp claim for burn injuries, call us at 1-800-525-7111 to confer with one of our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys.
Lawsuits Against Third Parties
You generally cannot sue your employer for damages associated with your workplace injuries. Often the benefits received through workers comp are not enough to cover the full losses sustained by burn victims, including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. If an equipment provider, third-party contractor, or other party that is not your direct employer was responsible for faulty equipment or services that caused your burn injury, you may be able to sue them for compensation above and beyond that which you collect from workers comp. For example, your burn injury might be the result of a faulty steam seal that was installed by a third party or by poorly grounded electrical equipment left on a job site by a contractor that is not related to your employer.
Riddle & Brantley’s workers’ compensation injury lawyers have an aggregate of more than 220+ years of experience in recovering the largest damages awards for injured employees. We believe that Justice Counts in every one of our cases, and we will evaluate all potential sources of recovery and fight tirelessly for the largest workers’ compensation burn settlements that injured employees deserve.
Get the Most from Your Workers’ Comp for Burns
“I would like to thank Riddle & Brantley for doing such a great job handling my workers’ compensation case.”
– Gregory S., Riddle & Brantley client
For your free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced workplace accident and injury lawyer in North Carolina, call Riddle & Brantley at 1-800-525-7111 as soon as possible for a free consultation. We will give you simple and straightforward answers to your questions and tell you everything you need to know about your right to recover burn injury at work compensation. Remember, you may have the opportunity to pursue damages above and beyond workers comp to replace your lost income and provide reimbursement for your medical costs and expenses associated with treating your burn injuries.
*Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.