Burned at work? You have rights to protect!
As a worker, you have the right to expect a safe working environment. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, and one of the most serious types of injuries that can occur on the job is a burn injury. Burns can be painful and can result in long-term scarring and disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury at work, it’s important to know your rights and what steps you can take to get the compensation you deserve.
Under Illinois law, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with workplace injuries. This means that if you suffer a burn injury on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
To begin the process of getting workers’ compensation benefits for a burn injury, you will should report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Your employer should then provide you with a claim form (often called a Form 95) to fill out and submit to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The insurance company will review your claim and determine whether to approve it or deny it.
If your claim is approved, you may be eligible for a variety of benefits, including:
-Payment for medical expenses related to your burn injury
-Temporary total disability benefits if you are unable to work due to your injury
-Permanent partial disability benefits if your burn injury results in a permanent impairment
-Vocational rehabilitation services to help you return to work
It’s important to note that workers’ compensation benefits may not cover all of your expenses and losses related to a burn injury. For example, if your burn injury was caused by a third party, such as a contractor or equipment manufacturer, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim against that party to recover additional damages.
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be complex and overwhelming, especially when you’re dealing with a painful and debilitating injury. That’s where the experienced attorneys at Dixon Law Office come in. We can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury at work, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. Call today.