Burn Injury Work Comp Attorney
Many workers suffer severe burn injuries annually on the job. But the Worker’s Compensation Act was enacted for work injuries. So our Los Angeles law firm helps employees who suffered work-related burn injuries. And below, Los Angeles injury lawyer, Michael Ehline walks you through this process.
Here, we help you understand how and when to prosecute your legal rights. After all, a severe burn can come with lifelong, stinging pain. And you may also suffer a lack of mobility. In the end, getting disfigured is a possible result.
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What Are Some Benefits of Work Comp Insurance?
Workers' compensation laws grant benefits to workers hurt on the job.
These benefits include:
- Permanent and temporarily disabled employee payments.
- Payment for medical expenses.
- Dependents of deceased workers will receive death benefits.
- Burial expenses for the deceased worker.
- Vocational rehab. But only if the worker cannot return to their position.
Yes. In California and some other states, the employer must provide these benefits. That way, if a person gets injured on the job, they can get money regardless of who's at fault.
Worker’s rules and these "no-fault" liability benefits exist to keep employees protected. Benefits get provided in cases like this to lessen the blow to employers and workers.
Also, if an employee suffers burns at work, money can be critical. In that case, the employee may need physical therapy and other assistance to survive. And most of the time, a burn victim remains in no condition to work.
What is California's Law Mandate to Employers to Provide Insurance?
Employers must provide work comp in the Golden State. But it is expensive insurance for your employer to buy you. But in exchange for paying the premium, the company gets protected from first-party liability. So normally, you cannot sue your employer for these injuries unless an extreme case exists.
So in a way, the employer pays it forward. Now they have protection from the costs of a lawsuit for injuries. First and foremost, the company is not liable for your on the job injuries.
Even if they were for careless or negligent, your insurance covers it. So workers collect the compensation benefits. And this, in turn, alleviates fault on your employer. Make sense so far?
What About Third-Party Negligence?
In some cases, the employers are legally liable in a first-party case, as discussed above. For example, they may have failed to buy the required insurance policy. Or, your boss may have been reckless, intentionally, or grossly negligent.
But it is vital to consult an experienced attorney.
Beyond that, others may be on the hook discussed below.
- Third parties can also be sued in some cases. So finding all the parties who can potentially pay you is crucial.
Discussing your case with an experienced burn injury lawyer is helpful. So this allows the expert to evaluate your case. And that way, they can see if the employer for liable negligence. Or evidence may lead them to a third-party.
And if this occurs in the workplace, it can be from third-party negligence.
- Examples: An injury caused by another employee. That employee is liable for causing the non-work related injuries. Also, a defective product or equipment that fails. If you get hurt, the maker may be liable. But it could be something like a vehicle rear-ending an employee's car. These are all cases where the employee has third party rights to sue.
What Are Some Common Causes of Burns at Work?
Many ways exist to be burned or scalded at work.
These can include:
- Hot liquids and chemicals. (imagine cooking french fries in hot oil. Or think of changing the oil in a hot motor).
- Hot pipes and metal objects.
- Chemical fires.
- Fireworks explosions at a factory.
- Engine rooms on cruise ships and boats.
- Electrical fires on a job site.
- Another hazard at work.
Danger – Your Third-Party Negligence Claims NOT Covered!
This government-mandated insurance does not cover third-party negligence. This strictly gives your employer on a no-fault status for worker injuries.
But if third-party negligence is present, that party is liable. That is how you recover compensation for your injuries. This is money damages. These costs include money for pain and suffering.
Consult the burn injury lawyers at Ehline Law Firm. Discuss your case with a pro who can explain your legal options. Most of all, acting is vital before hurting your chances of winning. Evidence can disappear, and the witness’s memories can fade. Call (213) 596-9642. Don’t let time run out.