Work Burn Injuries in California
If you receive a burn injury as a result of employer negligence you should contact a burn injury lawyer immediately. Sadly, every year in California, thousands of innocent people are injured or killed by fires, chemicals or electrical malfunctions while on the job. Injuries resulting from burns can be extremely painful and often cause serious physical, emotional and psychological trauma. Many times, a fire related accident is a result of on the job working conditions. In this case expert California burn injury lawyers can help earn the injured party the necessary compensation needed in order to rehabilitate and return to a normal and productive life.
Not limited to Los Angeles and Orange County, burn injuries are a national problem. Recent data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lists over 41,000 heat related burns happen every year, and nearly 16,000 of those injuries are the result of chemical burns. A report given by the National Burn Repository attributed nearly 10,639 burn injuries to accidents at industrial sites. Almost 17% of the total injuries were work related. Of the work related injuries, 12.326 were accident related and 11,299 were workers compensation claims.
The burn attorneys at Ledger Law & Associates have experience with burn injury claims. Dealing with an injury is difficult enough – our aim is to make collecting necessary benefits easier on you and your family. Let us help you get the benefits you need to meet medical bills and take care of your family. If you are injured as a result of an employee related chemical, electrical, heat, fire or explosion contact us today. Here is a brief overview of potential benefits a burn injury victim maybe awarded:
All necessary medical treatment and hospitalization services should be provided by the employer or the employer’s insurance carrier. This treatment must be “authorized” by the carrier or the employer. The employer has the right to choose the treating physician. If the employer refuses to provide medical treatment, the injured worker is free to choose the treating physician. However, in the case of an emergency, an injured worker may obtain medical or hospital treatment without specific authorization from the employer, but the employer should be notified as soon as possible concerning the treatment being received.
Temporary Disability Benefits
If there is list time which extends beyond seven calendar days due to injury, temporary disability benefits become payable starting with the first day lost. The benefits amount in 70 percent of gross weekly wages received at the time of the injury, up to a maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. Your attorney at the Ledger Law can show you the chart explaining benefits.
Permanent Partial Benefits
When a job-related injury or illness results in a permanent partial disability, benefits are based upon a percentage of certain “scheduled” or “nonscheduled” loses. A “scheduled” loss is one involving arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, ears, or teeth. A “nonscheduled” loss is one involving the back, heart, lungs, etc.
Permanent Total Benefits
When a job-relating injury results in permanent total disability, the injured worker is entitled to payments for 450 weeks, which will be continued thereafter for as long as the total disability exists. However, after the 450 weeks, these payments are subject to reduction for wages earned from employment.
Weekly payments for permanent disability are 70 percent of the gross weekly wages at the time of the injury, up to a maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development.
Permanent total disability is presumed when the worker has lost two major members or combination of members on the body such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet. However, permanent total disability can result from other injuries that render the worker unemployable.
When a job-related accident or illness results in the worker’s death, benefits are payable to the dependents of the worker as defined by the law. The weekly benefits payment is 70 percent of wages, but the maximum total benefit payable to all of the worker’s dependent cannot exceed the maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development.
A surviving spouse and natural children who were not part of the dependent’s household at the time of death and all other alleged dependents (parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc) must prove actual dependency.
Children who are deemed to be dependents remain so until the age of 18, or, if a full-time student, until the age of 23. If the child is physically or mentally disabled, he/she may be eligible for further benefits.