Causes of Burn Injuries
Many jobs require working around open flames, electrical equipment, or other heat sources. While these are highly useful tools, they can also cause severe burns that require extensive medical treatment, occasionally including numerous surgical procedures to attempt to repair the affected region. When a worker sustains a burn in the workplace or while performing work-related tasks on a jobsite, he or she may be entitled to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights under Iowa workers’ compensation law, then we can help. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about the benefits that you may be due.
Types of Burn Injuries
The thought of a burn injury is likely to conjure up images of direct contact with flame, but these represent only a fraction of the total burn injuries that are sustained. The prevalence of certain burn hazards in the workplace is heavily influenced by the nature of the work as well as the tools and materials that are used. Generally speaking, though, the following list addresses many of the sources of burn injuries that might appear in a work-related environment:
- Contact with open flame
- Contact with a heated surface
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Radiation burns (including sunburn from excessive sun exposure in outdoor jobs)
- Scalding burns from steam or heated water
Employers and employees alike have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment. When they do not, severe injuries like those listed above can become commonplace.
You may not have to pay the medical expenses incurred by your job-related burn injury out of pocket. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.