Work injury lawyer discusses workers’ comp claims for burns to ensure your legal rights are protected after workplace accident.
We believe all employees should be educated about their legal rights. This information can be used to stop employers from taking advantage by refusing to make a work injury claim. It is common for employees who suffer burns to be told that medical treatment or time off is unnecessary. This happens a lot in restaurants where employees are often treated like children. Here is some information about claims to workers’ comp for burns in Michigan and how to protect legal rights.
A burn can happen from exposure to heat, chemicals, sunlight, electricity, or radiation. Skin tissue gets damaged and can result in pain, redness, swelling, blisters, peeling skin, scars, infection. Severe burns can result in death. Please speak with a medical professional should a burn occur.
Claims to workers’ comp for accidental burns in Michigan are very common and have different classifications. First degree burns are relatively minor and usually treated at home. Second degree burns are more serious and should be watched closely. Third-degree burns may require skin grafts and can be life threatening.
Complications from severe burns also include heart rhythm disturbances, low blood pressure, and shock. Employees with second or third-degree burns might even need to be hospitalized for medical treatment. Some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have trouble returning to work.
It is up to a medical professional to determine the severity of the burn and course of treatment. We recommend anyone who suffers a burn at work be seen by a medical professional. Accidents happen and that is the purpose workman’s compensation.
About workers’ comp claims for burns in Michigan
Workers’ comp does cover burns in Michigan covering all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. This includes ambulance runs and emergency room visits. Cosmetic surgery is also covered to help with any scarring or disfigurement. There should never be any copayments or deductibles owed by the employee.
Employees who are unable to work can also collect lost wages. The amount paid should equal 80% of their after-tax average weekly wage. This includes money for tips, discontinued fringe benefits, and second jobs. It is important to report all income so that a proper wage loss calculation can be made.
Watch out for employers who refuse to provide medical treatment. Promises to pay under the table are rarely kept and it gives the employer total control. Never lie to an emergency room about what happened because that can jeopardize future entitlement to medical and wage loss benefits.
A claim to Michigan workers’ comp for burns is not something an employee should be ashamed for claiming. It is designed to protect individuals hurt on-the-job. It does not matter who was at fault provided it occurred in the course and scope of employment. Even a certain amount of horseplay is anticipated and will not disqualify a person. It is critical to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan when a burn occurs. Call our experienced work injury lawyers if legal rights are being denied.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.