Burn injuries are common in the workplace, especially in industrial-type jobs and jobs in warehouses and factories. If you were burned at work, you may be eligible for workers’ comp. Keep reading to learn about what kind of benefits you could receive and how an attorney can evaluate your case and give you an accurate estimate of what you could receive in a settlement.
Burn injuries can be quite severe, and often require long-term treatment and care. Workers’ compensation is designed to cover the costs of your medical treatment and lost wages. This should include emergency medical treatment, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, etc. Since burns need special medical care, you may need to be transported to a burn unit or specialist hospital, and workers’ comp would also need to cover those costs.
What workers’ comp typically doesn’t cover are non-economic damages, which are more difficult to calculate. This includes things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for their actions.
However, you may be able to receive compensation for emotional damages and suffering by filing a burn injury lawsuit. There is no set amount of money that someone can get from a burn injury lawsuit. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injury, how the incident occurred, what damages that were sustained, and other factors.
The amount of money you can receive in a lawsuit depends on the severity of your injury. Most burn injury lawsuits recover between a few thousand dollars and several million dollars. On average, victims of a first-degree burn injury receive $21,000 in compensation, while a third-degree burn lawsuit typically settles for about $560,000.
While it’s possible to file a claim for workers’ comp successfully on your own, this is often difficult and results in a denial that ultimately has to be appealed. Working with a veteran Louisiana workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure your paperwork is completed and submitted on time and without error, and will help facilitate communication between you and the insurance company or your employer.
The Wanko Law Firm, LLC can provide you with the comprehensive, zealous legal representation you need after a work injury to secure the benefits you deserve. Call now at (985) 202-9907.
Indemnity/Lost Wages — weekly payments based upon your average weekly wage; you will receive 66% of your average weekly wage capped at a maximum rate
Medical and/or Death — covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment, including doctors visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, etc.
Mileage Reimbursement — travel related expenses to and from health care provider, pharmacy, etc. Vocational Rehabilitation program designed to retrain you in an attempt to return you to work for your previous employer, or find new work.