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Workers’ Compensation: Work-Related Burn Injuries in Iowa

Iowa employees are occasionally exposed to the risk of sustaining severe burns. These painful injuries are typically acute, resulting from sudden accidents rather than gradual exposure. In many instances, they are a consequence of unsafe working conditions or practices.


Common Workplace Injuries - Burns in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Common Causes of Burns

  • Chemical Exposure: Workers can suffer burns when they come into contact with harsh chemicals, which is often due to inadequate safety measures or equipment.
  • Hot Surfaces or Equipment: Burns frequently occur when employees touch overheated machinery or surfaces, especially in industrial settings.
  • Electrical Accidents: Severe electrical accidents can lead to third-degree burns and other related injuries, requiring intensive care.
  • Fires: Instances of fires at the workplace, whether due to electrical faults or flammable materials, often result in burn injuries.

Types of Burns

  • First-degree Burns: These are surface burns affecting the outer layer of the skin, often caused by brief contact with hot surfaces or equipment.
  • Second-degree Burns: More severe than first-degree, these burns affect both the epidermis and dermis, typically resulting from chemical exposure or fires.
  • Third-degree Burns: These burns damage all layers of the skin and tissues underneath, often due to electrical accidents or intense fires.
  • Chemical Burns: Resulting from exposure to strong acids or bases, leading to tissue damage and requiring immediate medical attention.

Impact on Daily Work Functions

  • Burn injuries can profoundly affect an individual’s work performance, leading to:
  • Decreased Productivity: Due to the physical limitations and pain associated with severe burns, affecting a worker’s capability to complete tasks.
  • Increased Absenteeism: Burn victims may need significant time off to recover and undergo treatment, including possible surgeries or skin grafts.
  • Sensory Issues: Severe burns can lead to reduced sensation or heightened sensitivity in affected areas, limiting physical functions.
  • Mental Health Struggles: The traumatic experience of sustaining burns can lead to emotional distress, anxiety, and depression.

If you’ve suffered a work-related burn injury, we are here to stand by you and confront insurers and defense teams to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, just as we have for many clients throughout Eastern Iowa. Call (319) 366-7888 for your free consultation.

Practice Areas

Workers face a wide range of risks and potential injuries in the workplace every day. The various injuries people face are as diverse as the different types of work environments they go to. Some common types of injuries that workers face include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and incomplete paralysis)
  • Broken bones/ fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries

These injuries can leave you with mounting medical bills at the same time you are suffering lost wages. This can create serious financial uncertainty for an individual or a family.

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous work environments. Their work makes them susceptible to work site accidents as well as injuries from simple wear and tear on the body.

They also face the challenge of working in an ever-changing work environment. Every day construction workers may be asked to carry out their duties in a physical space that changes as the construction itself progresses. New trenches may have been dug. New wiring may be in place. To remain safe, a construction worker must be aware of the changes that occur on a site and adapt his or her behavior accordingly.

Workers also face risk from using heavy machinery and power tools such as:

If you are injured in a construction accident, you need to recover all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, I am among the most experienced lawyers you can enlist to help achieve that. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or contact my office online.

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With over 30 years of experience in successfully navigating clients through their workers’ comp claims, Mark Chipokas is a dedicated attorney with a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law, committed to helping his clients maximize their benefits.