COMPENSATION FOR WORKPLACE BURNS, SCARS & DISFIGUREMENT
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Getting hurt on the job is a traumatic experience. So much so, depending on the injury, a worker can develop emotional issues from it. Burns, scars and disfigurement also cause emotional (and physical) issues. For example, you were burned on your neck from a chemical splash, causing a permanent scar below your left ear to the base of your neck. It is noticeable even when you pull up your collar. You no longer want to go hang out with your coworkers and friends. It’s also taken a toll on your family, since you no longer want to play with your kids outside. This may seem dramatic, but it does happen.
Most workers think they can only get compensation for the typical work injury, such as a broken arm or herniated disk. This is not true. You can get compensation for scars and disfigurement on the face, head and neck. This type of compensation is additional to the workers’ compensation received for the original injury.
According to Workers’ Compensation America, Pennsylvania workers can receive a certain number of weeks of benefits. However, it is at a judge’s discretion for the amount of the award. The maximum payment is 275 weeks. Also, you have up to three years to file a claim. Don’t get caught up in doctor’s appointments and dealing with your healthcare provider – file your claim as soon as possible!
In New Jersey, you can receive compensation for scars that are deemed “disfiguring” on the hands, face, neck and head. A New Jersey worker can receive up to 275 weeks of benefits. There are differences between the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding workers’ compensation. At Saffren & Weinberg, we know the laws in both states and will ensure your voice is heard in court in protecting your rights and getting the benefits you deserve. You may also be eligible for social security disability benefits. We handle these claims and more.
Classifications of Burns
Burns can be chemical, thermal and electrical in origin. For example, an electrician comes into contact with a live wire and is electrocuted. Or, a line cook burns her hand on the stove. Burns can cause extensive skin damage and limit range of motion. The severity of a burn is determined in degrees:
- First Degree – Damage to the first layer of skin (epidermis) and produces redness and pain.
- Second Degree – Damage to the second layer of skin (dermis) and produces redness, pain, blisters and possible scarring.
- Third Degree – Damage to layers beneath the dermis, including nerves and organs. Produces leathery or white skin and chronic pain.
Treatment includes pain management, skin grafts, surgery and physical therapy. They can lead to shock, a heart attack and infections.
Scarring and Disfigurement Injuries
Scars and disfigurements are the result of burns, surgery, and cuts. These injuries occur from fires, explosions, chemical splashes, falling objects, slip and falls, car accidents, amputations, and product defects. They leave lasting reminders of the accident, which may require psychological care. Talk to one of our lawyers today on how to file a claim.
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