On the Job Burn Injuries: What You Need to Know

On-the-job burn injuries occur due to a variety of reasons that are accidental in nature but have a lasting impact on your health and livelihood. Injuries related to on-the-job burns can range in severity. If you or your loved one has been injured in workplace accident, the attorneys at Colombo Law want to help you obtain compensation. To speak with an experienced attorney, contact our Morgantown, West Virginia office today.

Types of Workplace Burns

Most workplace burns fit into several categories including thermal burns, electrical burns, chemical burns, cryogenic burns, and radiological burns. The most common burns can be described as follows:

  • Thermal burns: Thermal burns are burns that occur when an individual comes into contact with an extremely hot material. This may include burns from flames, hot liquids, and other hot surfaces such as an oven grate or furnace.
  • Chemical burns: Chemical burns occur when an individual comes into contact with acids and other chemical substances that cause damage to their skin. Sometimes, this is a result of coming into contact with one chemical or a combination of several different chemicals.
  • Electrical burns: Electrical burns are internal burns caused by exposure to electrical current or shock. In most cases, electrical burns cause internal damage, as opposed to external flesh wounds.

Importance of Prompt Medical Attention

There are many different types of burn injuries. Regardless of the severity of the burn, it is important to promptly treat any type of burn to ensure that more damage does not occur. While many burns are superficial burns and do not require individuals to seek any extensive medical care, all burns should be taken seriously and those who sustain the burn should be particularly cautious when determining whether medical treatment is necessary.

Importance of Reporting an Injury

Many times, employers set forth policies that place employers on notice of any accident or incident that occurs at the workplace, which includes workplace injuries. An employee’s failure to notify the employer of a workplace burn may further complicate the employee’s request for relief and undermine his or her claim regarding the seriousness of the incident. Our attorneys want you to obtain all available relief, so we recommend that employees report all burn injuries according to the policy set by the employer immediately or as soon after the injury as possible.

Colombo Law: Your Personal Injury Litigators

If you have been injured in a workplace accident or incident in West Virginia, contact an attorney at Colombo Law for legal assistance. Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim or how to proceed with obtaining monetary compensation, let one of our attorneys take the stress away from you. Contact one of our attorneys today.


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