We help injured workers get the benefits they deserve
Every year, workers suffer burn injuries that are painful and disfiguring. These injuries can drastically affect a person's quality of life and ability to work. The burn injury attorneys at Lourie Law Firm work on behalf of injured workers to make sure they get the workers' compensation benefits they should be receiving.
There are different types of burn injuries, including:
- Thermal burns. These injuries occur after direct contact with a heat source. This includes open flames, hot stoves, industrial equipment, hot liquids or steam.
- Electrical burns. This happen when a person comes into direct contact with live electricity. Because electricity can travel through the human body, it can cause burns even below the skin.
- Chemical burns. These burns happen when a person's skin comes into contact with a product containing strong chemicals (usually strong acids or bases).
- Radiation burns. Exposure to sources of radiation in some workplaces can result in significant burns.
Burns can also differ in severity. First degree burns damage the outer layer of skin, and usually heal in a matter of days. Second degree burns extend into the next layer of skin, and heal in a matter of weeks, but may cause scarring. Third degree burns damage all three layers of skin, result in scarring and may require skin grafts to repair. Fourth degree burns extend beyond the skin and into underlying tissue.
Burn injuries can happen to workers in manufacturing, food production, restaurants, hospitals, refineries and construction. Any worker in any industry who is exposed to a source of potential burns is at risk.
In most cases, if you are burned while doing your job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits that will cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. But to ensure you get all of the benefits you need and deserve, you need an experienced lawyer by your side.
Protecting the rights of injured workers
There is a process in place for filing workers' compensation claims in the state of South Carolina. A worker must report an injury to an employer within 90 days, then has up to 2 years to file a claim for workers' compensation. The worker must then be examined by a doctor of the employer's (or insurance carrier's) choosing. Then a decision is made on benefits.
But claims can be denied. And even if accepted, employers and their insurance carriers may dispute the extent of the injury or how it affects the employee's ability to work. When you have an attorney from the Lourie Law Firm in your corner, you can fight back against these attempts to deny you the benefits you should be getting.
We'll help you fill out the appropriate paperwork and meet deadlines for filing it. We'll make sure you get the medical treatment that you require. And if your claim is denied or reduced, we will fight for you in all appeals and hearings.
If you have suffered a burn injury on the job, you need an experienced lawyer to ensure you get the workers' compensation benefits you deserve. Contact us to set up a free consultation. We'll hear the details of your case and explain how we can help.