As stated by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA burns on the job account for more than 5,000 workers hospitalized each year, 200 of those injuries are fatal. Burn injuries are one of the more serious injuries that take place in the work environment.
Common Burn Injuries Taken Place at Work
When soft tissue comes in contact with a synthetic, corrosive material, a chemical burn occurs. In addition to skin, the soft tissue includes ears, eyes, and internal organs. Alkylating agents, thinning agents, acids, solvents, bases, and oxidizers are the main types of corrosive compounds.
Coming in contact with either a direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) causes an electrical burn. Falling into the electrified water, touching a functioning electrical wire or socket, or being struck by lightning results in electrical burns.
Contact with boiling liquid, flame, or steam causes a thermal burn. Touching a hot object such as tools, motors, engines, and pipes may also result in a thermal burn. Thermal radiation burns (sunburn) is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.
Depending on the severity and type of burn, extensive skin damage, internal injuries, and complications may occur from being burned on the job. Rehabilitation, ongoing medical treatment, and mental health counseling are some of the long-term effects that may be necessary from a burn injury. Employees with a serious burn may miss work for an extended period of time or possibly be partially or totally disabled.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn severity can vary. The least serious being first degree burns and the most damage is inflicted from fourth-degree burns.
Less serious burns which may include minor redness and pain is a first-degree burn.
More serious burn affecting the epidermis and dermis causing pain, redness, and discomfort are second-degree burns. Blistering often occur from this type of burn.
Extending into the deep tissue, destroying the epidermis and dermis are classified as third-degree burns. This type of burn can also cause nerve damage. The skin may be white, leathery, or waxy. Third-degree burns are extremely painful.
Most serious type of burn injury, penetrating deep within the tissue, causing damage to the nerves, muscles, ligament, tendons, and possibly the bones are fourth-degree burn. This type of burn is often fatal.
If you or someone you care about was burned on the job, contact a New Orleans burn injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected. At the Cueria Law Firm, we have the knowledge and experience needed to ensure you receive full compensation for your burn injuries in Louisiana. Contact them today for a free consultation.