Your Rights After a Chemical Burn in the Workplace
General burn safety is an important element of the workplace, especially if you’re surrounded by dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. While protective clothing and safety procedures help prevent and mitigate injuries from chemical burns, employer or coworker negligence can lead to someone getting severely hurt. If you have been injured in the workplace, these are your rights after a chemical burn.
What Is a Chemical Burn?
A chemical burn occurs when living tissue is exposed to a corrosive substance such as a strong acid, alkali or reactive metal. Some of the most common chemicals that cause chemical burn injuries include:
- Nitric acid
- Phosphoric acid
- Sodium hydroxide
- Calcium hypochlorite
Exposure to strong acids and bases can cause considerable burns, even after a very short time. While minor burns can be treated with a cool, wet compress and loose bandages, the more extreme burns can char the outer skin and even damage muscles. The worst burns can disfigure a victim, if not kill them.
Your Rights After a Severe Burn Injury
If you have sustained a chemical burn in the workplace, the first thing you need to do is report your injury and file a workers’ compensation claim. As an injured employee, you also have the right to:
- File a claim against a negligent third-party
- Pursue medical treatment
- Get a second opinion, if your employer requires that you see a specific doctor
- Perform lighter duties at work, if your doctors requires it
- Refuse requests or offers from your employer
- Appeal a decision you do not agree with, whether made by your employer,
your employer’s insurance or the workers’ compensation court
- Seek legal representation
Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers can help you maximize the workers’ compensation settlement you receive after a chemical burn injury. Contact Carter Mario Injury Lawyers today at (203) 876-2711 or online to schedule a free consultation.