Austin Workplace Burn Injury & no Workers Compensation
When you’re at work, it’s reasonable to expect a safe working environment. Sadly, employers often have negligent policies that inevitably lead to an accident in the Austin workplace. If an employer does not provide workers’ comp, you can be left with a mountain of bills on top of your serious injuries. That’s not fair.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury at work in Austin, we can help. Our Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw believe in helping burn victims who have been injured at the negligent hands of others. Our Austin burn injury lawyers want to be there for you to fight and get you justice.Jobs at Risk for Burn Injuries
No matter what your occupation is, there’s always the chance that you could suffer burn injuries on the job in Austin. However, some jobs have higher risks than others when it comes to fires, explosions, and other types of accidents that could cause burns.
The following jobs are exposed to fires and other hazards that could cause burns more often than other types of employment:
- Health care workers
- Construction workers
- Cooks, chefs, and servers
- Janitorial workers
Whatever your occupation, talk to an attorney in Austin if you’ve suffered a workplace injury and did not receive workers’ compensation.Classifications of Burns
Burns aren’t all the same. The type of accident you experience and the amount of time you're exposed to heat will determine the severity of the burns you suffer. Some of them will heal on their own, while others can affect you for the rest of your life.
The following are the different classifications of burn injuries that you might suffer:
- First degree burns
Of all types of burns, first degree burns are the least severe. Typically, they heal on their own in three to five days and do not require medical treatment. Although they may be painful, these burns are characterized by the fact that they only hurt the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, so they do not cause lasting damage.
- Second degree burns
Second degree burns are worse than first degree burns because they penetrate the epidermis and affect the next layer of skin, the dermis. These burns can be extremely painful and may blister. For severe second degree burns, it’s important to seek medical attention to avoid infection.
- Third degree burns
Burning through both the epidermis and dermis and impacting muscles, tendons, and possibly even the bone, third degree burns are extremely severe and can cause serious complications.
Third degree burns usually cause permanent scarring and disfigurement, so they require plastic surgery. Counterintuitively, third degree burns are not actually painful because they destroy nerve receptors.
If your employer is responsible for your accident and does not provide workers’ comp, you may be able to file a lawsuit. An Austin workplace burn injury in which an employer does not provide workers’ comp is a complicated area of law, so it’s best to pursue damages with the assistance of an experienced Austin burn injury lawyer.
Typically, if your employer causes your accident and they provide workers’ compensation, you’re not able to file suit. However, when they don’t provide workers’ comp, you can hold them accountable for their negligence. An attorney can fight to get you both economic and non-economic damages including compensation for medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.We Fight for Burn Victims
Victims should not have to suffer due to their employer’s negligence. If you or a loved one has experienced a burn injury at work in Austin, we can fight for you. Our Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw have dedicated their lives to helping victims get justice after an accident caused by another’s negligence.Free Consultation at Carabin Shaw
For a free consultation, call us today to speak with a lawyer at 512-832-1101 or fill out our online form.
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