Burn Injury Attorney In Fresno
Suffered a Burn Injury at Work? File a Worker's Comp Claim!
At the Law Offices of Bryan K. Leiser, we are focused strictly upon workers' compensation cases. We are very well-versed in workers' comp procedures and how to get a claim approved, and we are dedicated and committed to seeking justice for workers who have suffered serious burns. Let our knowledgeable Fresno workers' comp attorney put our experience to work for you.
What Are the Different Degrees of Burns?
Burns can be among the most painful work-related injuries to endure. They are classified according to severity from first to third degree.
- A first degree burn occurs when only the outer layer of skin is injured.
- A second degree burn affects the first 2 layers of skin.
- Third degree burns damage all layers of the skin and the nerve endings. A burn this severe can cause dense scarring and the need for skin grafting.
Even less serious, first degree burns can be very painful, with the possibility of infection. If you have suffered a burn injury on the job, you are entitled to seek workers' compensation benefits. Let our burn injury lawyers in Fresno help!
How Do Workplace Burns Commonly Occur?
Despite OSHA standards, a significant number of burn injuries occur in the work place. The following are some of the most common causes of workplace burn injuries.
Fires and Explosions
These types of accidents often result in fatalities and injuries. They can be caused by any number of things depending on your work environment. In restaurant kitchens it's not uncommon for stove fires (particularly grease fires) to flare up and cause serious burns to kitchen employees.
If you work in an oilfield, explosions are common and extremely dangerous. Additionally, workers who work around toxic chemicals or flammable materials in manufacturing plants may be exposed to toxic burns or fires.
There are 3 different types of burns involving electricity.
- Electrical burns, among the most serious injuries, are caused by a flow of electric current running through the body.
- Thermal contact burns result from direct contact with equipment that is overheated, or when clothing is set on fire in an incident involving electricity.
- Arc or flash burns are caused by high temperatures near the body from an electric arc or explosion.
What Should I Do If I Burn Myself At Work?
If you burn yourself while at work you should seek immediate medical attention. Once your wounds have been tended it's important that you reach out to your employer and report your injury as soon as possible. Do not delay in reporting your injury, as this can negatively affect your claim later on. You and your employer will then need to fill out the proper forms to submit your claim.
If your employer refuses to file your claim for you, or if your claim has been rejected by the Workers' Compensation Administration, contact our firm immediately. We can help you reevaluate your claim and determine why it was denied and if you are able to appeal your claim.
Contact Our Firm Today for Help!
The workers' comp benefits you may be entitled to receive for a burn injury will depend on your particular circumstances. Benefit amounts vary from case to case. The 4 general categories of workers' compensation benefits available are:
- medical benefits
- disability benefits
- supplemental job displacement benefits
- death benefits.
Contact our firm for aggressive, no nonsense, legal representation from our Fresno burn injury lawyers.