Injuries from workplace accidents prematurely takes the lives of thousands of individuals each year. Among the top workplace accidents that cause injury are falls, being struck by objects or equipment, and repetitive motion injuries. Workplace injuries are also commonly caused by suffering minor or major burns while on the job. In fact, burns are the fifth leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, you deserve compensation. In addition, you or your loved one should obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney to ensure the highest probability of success with your claim. At Colombo Law, our attorneys are experienced personal injury lawyers who have successfully handled the claims of thousands of injured parties. Our attorneys want to do the same for you and your loved ones.
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries fall into three separate categories:
- First degree burns are the least severe burn injuries that can occur on the job. Some common symptoms of a first degree burn include redness, swelling, pain, and peeling of the skin. First degree burns only affect the outermost layer of skin and typically heal without any long term complications.
- Second degree burns, like the name suggests, affect the first and second layer of one’s skin. Second degree burns are particularly painful, especially in cases where the burn site begins to blister or burst.
- Third degree burns involve damage to all layers of the skin. The skin will appear white or charred and may be minimally painful as the area typically becomes numb.
Common Types of Workplace Burn Injuries
The most common workplace burn injuries include:
- Chemical burns: Chemical burns typically occur when a person comes into contact with irritants such as acid, lye, and paint thinners
- Electrical burns: Electrical burns are caused when a person sustains injuries from an electrical current, which may pass through one’s body or transfer from an electrical source to the person’s body.
- Thermal burns: Thermal burns are burns caused by sources of heat, such as fire steam or liquid.
If you have been injured on the job, it is important to follow all company policies and procedures when reporting the accident and seek proper medical attention. It is also important to seek assistance from an experienced attorney for legal representation for your claim.
About Colombo Law
Colombo Law is a full service personal injury law firm that seeks to help every victim of an accident or incident recover damages for injuries to the extent that it is legally possible, regardless of how big or small the claim is. We assist 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 have been injured in a workplace accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a workmen’s compensation claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation.