Many workers suffer severe burn injuries annually on the job. But the Worker’s Compensation Act was enacted for work injuries. We help employees who suffered work-related burn injuries. This article walks you through the process. It will help you understand and prosecute your legal rights.
A severe burn can come with lifelong, stinging pain. You may also suffer a lack of mobility. And getting disfigured is a possible result.
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Benefits of Work Comp Insurance.
Workers compensation laws grant benefits to workers hurt on the job. These benefits include:
- Permanent and temporary disabled employee payments.
- Payment for medical expenses.
- Dependents of deceased workers will receive death benefits.
- Burial expenses for the deceased worker.
- Vocational rehab. But only if the worker cannot return to their position.
In California and other states, Worker’s Comp is required by law. And the employer must provide these benefits. That way if a person gets injured on the job, they can get money. Worker’s rules and the benefits exist to keep employees protected.
Benefits get provided in cases like this to lessen the blow. If an employee suffers burns at work, money can be critical. In that case, the employee may need physical therapy. And most of the time a burn victim will be in no condition to work.
Law mandates employers to Provide Insurance.
Employers have a duty to provide work comp. But it is expensive insurance. So in exchange for paying the premium, the company gets protected. So in a way, the employer pays it forward.
Now they have protection from the costs of a lawsuit for injuries. First and foremost, the company is not liable for on the job injuries. Even if they were for careless or negligent, insurance covers it. So worker’s collect the compensation benefits. And this, in turn, alleviates fault on the employer.
Third Party Negligence.
In some cases, the employers are liable. But it is important to consult an experienced attorney. Beyond that, others may be on the hook. They are third parties.
And that way they can see if the employer for liable negligence. Or evidence may lead them to a third-party. And if this occurs in the workplace, it can be from third-party negligence.
Examples: An injury caused by another employee. That employee is liable for causing the non-work related injuries. Also, a defective product or equipment that fails. If you get hurt, the maker may be liable. But it could be something like a vehicle rear-ending an employee’s car. These are all cases where the employee has third party rights to sue.
Common Causes of Burns at Work.
Many ways exist to be burned or scalded at work.
These can include:
- Hot liquids and chemicals. (imagine cooking french fries in hot oil. Or think of changing the oil in a hot motor).
- Hot pipes and metal objects.
- Chemical fires.
- Fireworks explosions at a factory.
- Engine rooms on cruise ships and boats.
- Electrical fires on a job site.
- Another hazard at work.
Danger – Third Party Negligence Claims NOT Covered!
This government mandated insurance does not cover third-party negligence. This strictly gives your employer on a no-fault status for worker injuries. But if third-party negligence is present, that party is liable.
That is how you recover compensation for your injuries. This is money damages. These costs include money for pain and suffering. You can also get paid for impairment and crippling. Also, other costs are payable.
If you or a loved suffered emotional burn injuries at work, learn your rights. Consult the burn injury lawyers at Ehline Law Firm. Discuss your case with a pro. That way legal options get explained. As a result, you can protect your rights.
We have the experience, resources, and litigation skills. Also, we do what is necessary to win compensation. And we can also help you with your third-party negligence claims.
Research is vital. Evidence can disappear, and witness’s memories can fade. Call Ehline Law Firm toll-free. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Call (888) 400-9721. Don’t let time run out.