Workplace Burn Injuries

Chicago Worker’s Compensation Lawyers

Work-related burn injuries account for a significant portion of all burn injuries requiring medical attention. In fact, by some estimates work-related burns account for 20-25% of all serious burns and account for about 5% of all workplace deaths. Even in nonfatal burn injuries, a person’s life can be significantly affected.

At Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago burn lawyers focus on helping injured employees obtain the compensation that they deserve following a work-related accident or injury. If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related burn injury, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago burn injury attorneys.

Types of Work-Related Burn Injuries

Risks of burn injuries are more prevalent in certain jobs and industries, including construction workers, manufacturing workers, restaurant workers and cooks, electricians, welders, scrap metal recycling workers, roofers, and road pavers. Work-related burn injuries can come in a number of forms, including:

  • Thermal burns occur when the skin comes in contact with fire, hot liquids, hot objects, and explosions.
  • Chemical burns occur when the skin or eyes come into contact with strong acids or alkaloids that eat away at the skin and deeper tissue. Chemical burns are rarer than other types of burns and occur most often in laboratory or manufacturing jobs.
  • Electrical burns occur when electrical current travels through the body and meets resistance in the body’s tissues.

Workers’ Compensation for Burn Injuries

If suffer from a work-related burn injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for any accident or injury that occurs while on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers can recover the following worker’s compensation benefits after for a work-related injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury:

  • Medical expenses
  • Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment
  • Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits

Other Legal Claims for Nerve Damage

Although workers’ compensation laws prevent injured workers from suing their employer, employees who have suffered an amputation as a result of the negligence of a third-party may be entitled to compensatory damages and possibly punitive damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Compensatory damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income (past and future)
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of normal life

Get the Legal Advice You Need

The Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates focus on helping injured employees obtain the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation that they deserve. If you or someone you love suffered a work-related burn injury, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago work-related burn injury attorneys.