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Chicago Personal Injury Blog

Burns in the Workplace

by Jared Staver in Workers' Compensation

In addition to the severe pain they cause, burns in the workplace often require extensive medical care such as physical therapy, reconstructive surgery, and skin grafts. They also leave victims with emotional challenges. If you’ve suffered from a workplace burn, you may be entitled to compensation.

You should contact our Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to get started on filing a workers’ compensation or third party claim that may ease the financial burden your injury has left you. Call us today at (312) 236-2900.

Causes of Workplace Burns

Flammable or explosive materials can be found in many workplaces. Even if you are not required handle these materials directly, you may still be at risk for a burn injury from a fire or explosion. Some of the common causes of burns in the workplace include:

  • Blowouts
  • Pipeline explosions
  • Flammable gas leaks
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Sparks generated by machines
  • Defective equipment or wiring
  • Improper storage or handling of hazardous materials
  • Inadequate safety training

Although fires and explosions are catastrophic regardless of what caused them, the way they are handled can also prompt burn injuries. Issues with fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, ventilation systems, and safety routes can all exacerbate an injury or lead to death.

How Workplace Burns Can Be Prevented

Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. To prevent workplace burns, they should make sure that all employees receive proper training that covers hazards that they may face on their worksite. Employers should also make sure that employees are equipped with the proper safety gear and equipment and are trained on how to perform their job safely. Employees should know how to properly operate any machinery or chemicals that they use on the job.

In addition, training should be held regularly so that employees are kept up-to-date with changes and safety is always top of mind. Aside from adequate training practices, employers must use labels or signs to provide employees of potential hazards.

Why a Chicago Workplace Injury Lawyer is an Invaluable Resource

A burn injury can leave you with physical and emotional pain while hindering your ability to work and complete daily activities. By hiring a workplace injury attorney, you may be able to file a workers compensation claim that can cover the high cost of medical bills, medications, present and future income, and pain and suffering. An attorney can conduct a thorough investigation of your case, consult with experts, file all of the necessary documentation, and represent you in a trial or hearing.

To take legal action on your workplace burn, you should call our Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900. Whether you’re suffering from a first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn, or fourth-degree burn, we can help.