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Workers’ rights for burns in the workplace

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Suffering from burns due to workplace conditions can be a devastating experience for employees. Workers receiving burns due to workplace conditions have the right to compensation.

The workers’ compensation process is complex. Understanding it helps injured workers receive the support and benefits they deserve.

Prompt reporting

Employees who sustain a burn injury must report the incident to their supervisor immediately. Prompt reporting ensures that the employer takes the necessary steps to address the injury and start the claim process.

Prioritizing health and safety

After suffering a burn injury, it is important to seek prompt medical treatment. Employers are typically responsible for covering the treatment costs related to workplace injuries. Employees should follow their doctor’s prescribed treatment plan. It is also important to keep detailed records of all medical expenses related to the injury.

Navigating the claim process

Employees must file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer’s insurance carrier. This insurance carrier provides compensation for burn injuries sustained in the workplace. Filing a claim involves completing the necessary paperwork and providing documentation. Employees will need records of the injury and related medical treatment. The law requires employers to offer these benefits to employees. Workers eligible for these benefits are those who suffer work-related injuries, including burns.

Understanding benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits for burns can cover medical expenses and lost wages. Medical expenses include hospital bills, medication and rehabilitation costs. Employees may also receive disability benefits if their burn injury results in temporary or permanent disability. This disability must prevent them from returning to work to qualify.