If you are at work and you suffer a burn to any part of your body, you can be compensated by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. This applies to any sort of a burn; it can be a heat burn or a chemical burn, as both are considered compensable. If this happens, the most important thing is to first get the medical treatment that you need. It is imperative that you tell the doctor or the nurse that the burn injury occurred at work when you receive treatment. The next thing that you must do is to notify your supervisor, manager or whoever is in charge. It is not enough to just tell them. You must ask for an incident/accident report that you fill out and submit. Make sure that you ask for a copy to keep yourself as well.
After The Initial Doctor’s Visit
Continue to treat as recommended by your doctor. All the medical expenses and bills should be covered by the workers’ compensation insurer. If there are any expenses you personally incur, such as co pays or medical bills, make sure you save them so your attorney can get you reimbursed. After 6 months, you are entitled to file a claim for the disfigurement as a result of the burn. A representative at the Department of Industrial Accidents will examine your burn and make a determination of its value based on the degree of disfigurement.
Were You Burned At Work?
If you were burned at work, is important to know that, in Massachusetts, an attorney cannot charge you to file a claim for the burn. It is in your best interest to have an experienced, dedicated workers’ compensation attorney represent you. Keches Law Group is experienced in Massachusetts workers’ compensation cases and can answer any questions you may have.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury at work, contact Keches Law Group at 617-898-0808 or online for a free consultation today. One of our experienced attorneys can come to you if you are unable to come to one of our office locations, and we will begin the process of getting you compensation for your lost wages right away.