Burn Injuries

Chicago Attorneys Helping Employees Hurt on the Job

Workers who perform job-related duties involving flammable liquids, chemicals, or oil or gas rigs are at risk of suffering burn injuries at work. Some workers are not necessarily at a higher risk of burn injuries but suffer these potentially life-changing injuries in an industrial accident. The pain and extensive healing associated with job-related burn injuries may prevent a victim from returning to work. The workplace accident attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck help injured employees throughout Illinois as they seek workers’ compensation benefits for their burn injuries. If you or a loved one has been burned at their workplace, our Chicago burn injury lawyers can advocate on your behalf as you pursue medical expenses, lost wages, and other benefits related to your harm. Our dedicated attorneys understand the psychological repercussions of a work-related burn accident upon the victim as well as their family.

Pursue Full Compensation for Job-Related Burn Injuries

Burn injuries may be caused at the workplace by fires, as well as chemicals and electrical equipment. Individuals who work in industrial or manufacturing jobs often come into daily contact with hazardous materials that tend to cause burns. Common burns include thermal burns, electrical burns, and chemical burns. In some situations, chemical and electrical burns may not damage the skin initially, although they have affected the inside of the body.

Many workers are exposed to the risk of burns on occasion, but employees who work near high-temperature materials, cook, or transport flammable chemicals are especially at risk. Restaurant workers, industrial plant employees, electricians, and laboratory researchers are exposed to burn risks daily. In order to prevent burn injuries, employers must abide by safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A burn injury attorney can help Chicago residents investigate whether their employer may have failed to abide by a safety standard prior to their accident.

The seriousness of a burn depends on not only the degree of the burn but also the extent of the physical harm, or how much of the body has been affected. Second-degree burns and third-degree burns often require skin grafting and may leave scarring. Third-degree burns may lead to nerve damage, and they require immediate medical attention. In addition to the shock that accompanies a burn, these types of injuries carry a risk of infection and blood loss. Medical professionals should be consulted immediately, and treatment should be documented and maintained by the injured worker.

Following a job-related burn injury, victims may file a claim for compensation in accordance with their rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If a worker was harmed in the course and scope of employment, they likely will have a strong case for recovering benefits, medical costs, and lost wages from missed work due to the injury. Because of the potential severity of burn injuries, compensation for a disfigured burn victim must address the individual's ability to work and any physical impairment caused by the workplace accident.

Retain a Dedicated Chicago Lawyer for Your Burn Injury Claim

The emotional pain and physical suffering that accompany an industrial accident may be tremendous in many situations, and this is particularly true in the case of burn injuries. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, our Chicago burn injury attorneys make it our priority to help clients aggressively pursue full compensation for their injuries on the job. Burn injuries may impair bodily functions, cause life-threatening harm, and lead to a permanent disability. In order to better understand your rights under the Illinois workers’ compensation laws, including your potential right to permanent disability benefits, contact our office for a consultation about your situation. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can discuss with you at no cost. We can be reached by phoning (800) 444-1525 or by using our online form to set up your appointment. We help workers and their families in Aurora, Champaign, Springfield, Rockford, Quincy, and other areas of Kane, Champaign, Winnebago, Adams, and Cook Counties.