Louisiana residents working in construction or industrial jobs know they are at a higher risk of certain types of injuries, and these include burn injuries. If you work in one of these industries, there are various ways you can become the victim of a burn injury.
Types of burn injuries
You may sustain an electoral burn from coming into contact with an electrical current. Working too long in the hot Louisiana sun can cause radiation burns while working with hot liquids or near flames can result in serious thermal burns.
If you work with strong chemicals that come into contact with your eyes, skin or other sensitive body parts, you can receive a chemical burn.
Treating burn injuries
Treating a burn injury can be a long, painful process. You may be required to undergo several medical procedures and treatments and be unable to perform your job.
The effects of a burn injury are not just physical. Many burns result in serious or permanent disfigurement or scarring, or the loss of a body part, potentially preventing you from doing your job.
The emotional impact of a burn injury
Many burn victims also suffer from emotional or mental problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Burned skin is more susceptible to infections, meaning that long-term medical treatment may be inevitable.
Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with a safe working environment. This means an environment free from hazards or dangers that cause or increase the chance of an injury such as a burn injury.
An environment that does not meet these standards could mean that your employer is negligent, and if that negligence causes your injury, you could receive compensation.
There are many factors involved in proving negligence in court, and every case is different. You can learn about your options after a burn injury by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney.