Sternberg | Forsythe, PA, is a law firm that is dedicated to helping workers’ who have been injured on the job. One of the most common types of injuries that workers’ experience is work-related burn injuries. These types of injuries can be particularly devastating, as they can result in long-term physical and emotional harm and significant financial losses.
Our attorneys understand how work-related burn injuries can impact workers’ and their families. That’s why we are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to those injured on the job.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related burn injury, our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and seek the compensation you deserve. We understand the complex nature of these cases and will work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.
Types of Work-Related Burn Injuries
Several types of work-related burn injuries can occur in Florida, ranging from mild to severe. These include:
These are the most common type of burn injuries that workers’ experience, and they occur when a worker comes into contact with a hot object, such as a stove, fire, or hot machinery. Thermal burns can range from first-degree burns, which are minor and only affect the outer layer of skin, to third-degree burns, which can be life-threatening and cause damage to multiple layers of skin and tissue.
These types of burns occur when a worker comes into contact with a harmful chemical substance, such as acids, bases, solvents, or cleaning agents. Chemical burns can cause significant damage to the skin and tissue and can also result in respiratory or internal organ damage if the chemical is inhaled or ingested.
These types of burns occur when a worker comes into contact with an electrical current. Electrical burns can cause damage to the skin and tissue, as well as neurological damage, cardiac arrest, or other serious health complications.
These types of burns occur when a worker is exposed to high radiation levels through direct exposure or contact with radioactive materials. Radiation burns can cause severe damage to the skin and tissue, as well as internal organ damage and an increased risk of cancer.
If you have suffered a work-related burn injury in Florida, seeking medical attention and legal representation as soon as possible is important.
Common Causes of Work-Related Burn Injuries
Work-related burn injuries can vary depending on the industry and work type. Some of the most common causes of work-related burn injuries include:
Contact with Hot Surfaces or Objects
Workers’ in manufacturing, construction, and food service industries may come into contact with hot surfaces or objects, such as machinery, equipment, or cooking surfaces. Accidental contact with these hot surfaces or objects can result in thermal burns.
Exposure to Chemicals
Workers’ in manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare industries may be exposed to chemicals that can cause chemical burns. These chemicals can include cleaning agents, acids, bases, and solvents.
Workers’ who work with electricity or around electrical equipment may be at risk of electrical burns. These types of burns can occur if a worker is shocked by an electrical current or if an electrical arc occurs.
Explosions or Fires
Workers’ in oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, and construction industries may be at risk of burns due to explosions or fires. Various factors, including equipment malfunctions, chemical reactions, or human error, can cause these incidents.
Workers’ in industries such as healthcare, nuclear power, and research may be exposed to high radiation levels, which can cause radiation burns.
Employers must take appropriate measures to prevent work-related burn injuries by providing proper safety training, equipment, and protocols to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Potential Benefits Available After a Work-Related Burn Injury in Florida
In Florida, workers’ who have suffered a burn injury on the job may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the costs associated with their injury.
The specific benefits you may be eligible for will depend on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding your case. Some of the most common workers’ compensation benefits that you may be able to receive after a burn injury in Florida include:
- Medical Benefits: Workers’ compensation insurance typically covers the costs of medical treatment related to your burn injury, including doctor visits, hospitalization, medication, and rehabilitation services.
- Lost Wages: If your burn injury prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive temporary or permanent disability benefits to replace lost wages.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If your burn injury prevents you from returning to your previous job, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to help you develop new job skills and find employment in a new field.
- Death Benefits: If a worker dies due to a burn injury sustained on the job, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits to help cover the costs of funeral expenses and lost income.
It is important to note that the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be complex, and it may be beneficial to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to under Florida law.
Work-Related Burn Injury FAQs
What should I do if I suffer a burn injury at work?
If you suffer a burn injury at work, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You should also report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and file a workers’ compensation claim to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to under Florida law.
Can I sue my employer for a work-related burn injury?
In most cases, you cannot sue your employer for a work-related burn injury in Florida. Workers’ compensation insurance provides no-fault benefits to employees injured on the job, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. However, in some cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a third party who contributed to your burn injury, such as a manufacturer of defective equipment.
How long do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim for a burn injury in Florida?
In Florida, you generally have 30 days from the date of your injury to report the injury to your employer and two years from the date of your injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. It is important to report your injury and file your claim as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to under Florida law.
What benefits can I receive through workers’ compensation for a burn injury?
If you suffer a burn injury on the job in Florida, you may be eligible for medical benefits, lost wage benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and death benefits, depending on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding your case.
Can I choose my own doctor for a work-related burn injury?
In Florida, your employer may have a designated list of doctors or healthcare providers that you must see for your work-related injury. However, you may be able to request a change of physician under certain circumstances, such as if you are not satisfied with the care you are receiving or if your doctor is not providing adequate treatment for your injury.
Let Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help with Your Claim
Sternberg | Forsythe, PA, is a law firm dedicated to helping workers’ who have suffered from work-related burn injuries. We understand the impact burn injuries can have on workers’ and their families, and we are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to those in need.
Our team of experienced attorneys has helped numerous clients navigate the complex workers’ compensation system in Florida, and we have a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients. If you have suffered a burn injury on the job, we can help you understand your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At Sternberg | Forsythe, PA, we believe that every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and we will fight tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in your time of need.