The sad truth is burn injuries are often avoidable. For instance, when companies or their supervisors disregard safety regulations (federal, state, and/or company policies), it is often a worker or bystander who pays the biggest price.
There are three distinct types of burns most common in the workplace: chemical, thermal, and electrical. Chemical burns are most often from solvents and cleaning materials that are caustic or corrosive in nature.
Thermal burns happen from interactions with direct heat sources (steam, stoves, liquids, hot machinery).
Electrical burns are from any currents, arcs, or sparks and may not be as readily visible but caused deep tissue damage. While some burns can be minor, it is best for a medical professional to assess the best way to treat it.
No matter how extensive any burn is, when in doubt call 911.
At deGravelles & Palmintier we strive to help those who find themselves hurt and unsure what the next step may be. Burn victims often face years of costly treatment. While physical recovery is possible, the emotional recovery often takes much longer. Burn victims frequently find themselves out of work for months, even years, while they are getting the help they deserve and need. Between the cost of living and the medical bills, expenses can quickly exceed six-figures.
If you have been badly burned, deGravelles & Palmintier can help walk you through your options and rights.