Jackson Workplace Burn Injury Lawyer
While it may be true that most burns occur in the residential setting, statistics reveal that employees at companies in Mississippi should be concerned about burn injuries at work. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately 20,100 recordable cases of burn injuries every year that force employees to take time off work. Injured workers face intense medical treatment, extreme pain, and a long recovery period that may include multiple surgeries.
Medical costs and other losses hit hard when you are unable to work because of burn injuries. Fortunately, Mississippi’s workers’ compensation laws provide monetary benefits for qualifying employees. Our team at Keith B. French Law can assist with the claims process, ensuring you get the benefits you need to heal and get back to work quickly. Please contact us to schedule a no-cost case review with a Jackson workplace burn injuries lawyer, and read on for some general information.
Severe Risk of Burns in the Workplace
People commonly associate burns with fire, and it is true that some on-the-job conditions can lead employees to be exposed to flames. Still, there are many other causes of workplace burns and they can impact workers in a wide range of occupations.
- Contact burns from hot surfaces, liquids and objects often impact chefs, cooks, servers, and other food service employees.
- Electricians and construction workers may be at risk of burns caused by electricity, wires, equipment, and electrical components.
- Chemical burn injuries could affect anyone handling or exposed to hazardous substances, such as warehouse workers, janitors and custodians, and lab technicians.
- Health care providers that work around x-rays and related equipment are often exposed to high levels of radiation, which causes burns unless proper protections are in place.
Synopsis of Workers’ Comp Process for Burn Injuries
The Mississippi workers’ comp system is based upon no-fault principles, so you do not need evidence that your employer caused your burn injuries. The laws require companies to carry insurance to pay out benefits for qualifying employees, so you will be dealing with an insurance company after notifying your employer about work-related burns. Keith B. French Law will advocate on your behalf during negotiations to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to by law.
In some cases, the insurer will refuse to pay a rightful workers’ comp claim. Our Jackson workers’ compensation lawyer will move forward with a hearing and appeals if necessary to obtain benefits for:
- Medical costs;
- Wage replacement;
- Permanent and temporary disability; and
- Death benefits, if you lost a family member because of on-the-job burn injuries.
Get Legal Help from a Jackson Workplace Burn Injuries Attorney
As you can see from this overview, the workers’ comp process is far from simple. To ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to by law, trust our team at Keith B. French Law for assistance. Please call 601-983-2667 or visit our website today to set up a free consultation at our Jackson, MS office. Once we review your circumstances, we can determine next steps.