Burns can occur in any one of number of ways in the workplace. Serious burn injuries can require several months or even years of surgeries, therapy, and rehabilitation. In some cases, burns can be fatal.
In addition to staggering medical expenses, burn victims may also be permanently disabled and unable return to work. The emotional toll of burn injuries can also be particularly heavy for victims who have suffered some type of disfigurement.
Lawyer for Burn Injuries in Miami, FL
Did you sustain a serious burn injury or did your loved one die from burn injuries in an accident on the job? The Hoffman Firm represents clients all over South Florida on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay one cent without getting a monetary award.
Evan A. Hoffman is a workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients in communities all over Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Broward County. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (305) 940-2307 to schedule a free consultation.
Florida Workplace Burns Information Center
- What are the different kinds of burn injuries?
- How are burn injuries classified?
- Where can I learn more about burn injuries in South Florida?
The causes of burn injuries in South Florida workplaces can vary depending on the industry and materials involved. The three most common types of burns that occur in the workplace include:
- Thermal Burns — A burn caused by any type of hot liquid is referred to as a scald, and the severity can vary depending on how long the body was exposed to the liquid and other factors. Thermal burns can also result from touching hot objects or any situation in which a person is exposed to intense heat, including fires or explosions.
- Chemical Burns — Workers who come in contact with strong acids or other corrosive substances can suffer severe chemical burns. A chemical burn injury can be fatal because the damage can be extensive if not treated quickly.
- Electrical Burns — Workers suffer electrical burns when they come in contact with electricity and an electric current causes damage in other areas of the body. Electrical burns or injuries are generally classified as high voltage or low voltage depending on whether the accident involved more or less than 1,000 volts, and the severity generally cannot be judged by damage to the skin because the most serious injuries are internal.
Burn injuries are categorized by the extent of damage to the victim. Burns generally have four categories:
- First Degree — A burn affecting only the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis). Injuries are generally red and may be painful, but victims typically recover within a week.
- Second Degree — Second degree burns may be classified as being partial or full thickness depending on the extent of the damage to the dermis (the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues). Partial thickness burns involve the entire epidermis and upper layers of the dermis (the papillary dermis). They result in blisters but generally heal within a few weeks. Full thickness extend deep into the thicker region of the dermis (the reticular dermis) and may require skin grafting.
- Third Degree — When all layers of the skin have been destroyed, the injury is considered a third degree burn. Third degree burns can require excision and may result in scarring or possibly even amputation.
- Fourth Degree — A fourth degree burn extends through the skin and into the underlying tendons, bone, fat tissue, and muscle. The skin is typically black and charred, and victims may suffer amputation or severe physical impairment. Fourth degree burns can be fatal.
The Facts About Burns: Burn Injuries — Visit this section of the University of Miami Health System website to learn more about burn injuries. You can find information relating to burn first aid, burn prevention, and skin and wound healing. You can also learn about the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center’s Burn Survivor Group.
University of Miami Health System
1475 NW 12th Ave
Miami, FL 33136
International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) — The ISBI was set up with the goal of reducing the incidence of burns as well as improving patient care. On this website, you can find special announcements, an interactive ISBI/World Health Organization (WHO) burn care site locator, and links to numerous other burn organizations.
The Hoffman Firm | Miami Burn Injury Lawyer
If you sustained serious burn injuries or your loved one died because of burn injuries that were the result of an accident in the workplace, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel for help obtaining the compensation you need and deserve. The Hoffman Firm can provide assistance with filing workers’ compensation claims and also hold any additional negligent parties accountable.
Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman fights for clients throughout South Florida, including Hallandale Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Homestead, and Aventura. Call (305) 940-2307 or fill out an online contact form today to receive a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options.
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