Some burns in the workplace cause minimal irritation, while others can require extensive medical attention. Although severity can vary, a workers’ compensation claim may be in order.
Statistics suggest employers report burns less often than other employment injuries involving falls, equipment and transportation accidents. However, less common job-related injuries can also require treatment and time missed from work, potentially correlating with the benefits you’re awarded.
Classification and recommended treatment
WebMD categorizes burn injuries according to the amount of tissue damage. For example:
- First-degree burns are superficial, causing reddening of the skin. These may require antibiotic ointment or aloe vera cream. To help ease discomfort, you could also use over-the-counter pain medication.
- Someone suffering a second-degree burn might notice skin swelling and blisters. Doctors may prescribe an ointment to treat pain and prevent infection.
- Third-degree burns char skin and often cause numbness. An IV can replace bodily fluids or supply antibiotics.
- Nerve, muscle and bone damage could result from deeper, fourth-degree burns. In some cases, a skin graft procedure may be necessary.
Pain and discomfort may extend beyond your initial treatment. Plus, complications like sepsis, breathing trouble and a dysregulated body temperature could arise after suffering more severe burns.
Following your health care provider’s treatment recommendation is the best way to heal. That way, you can regain your full earning potential as quickly as possible.
You have the right to explore your options
Getting the benefits you deserve isn’t always easy on your own. But remember, you deserve to be safe at work and can file a workers’ compensation claim for injuries sustained on the job.