Des Moines Heat or Chemical Burns Lawyer
If you have sustained a heat or chemical burn in the workplace, contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 today. Heat and chemical burns are some of the most painful injuries a person can experience. These burns can also have long-lasting effects and cause serious health complications that require expensive treatments. Not only could a burn result in hefty medical bills, but it could also mean lost wages or the inability to return to your job. It is your right to seek compensation for any injury you suffered at work.
Even though you are entitled to workers’ compensation, successfully applying for it can be difficult. That’s why it’s vital to contact a workers’ compensation attorney for assistance. Our Des Moines heat and chemical burns attorneys can guide you through every step of the workers’ compensation process, from your initial application to handling any appeals that may become necessary. LaMarca Law Group, P.C. has been assisting injured workers in Iowa for years, and we are ready to help you get the compensation you need and deserve after a workplace accident. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today at (515) 225-2600 or fill out our confidential online contact form to schedule a consultation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you have been injured in the workplace, it is normal to feel powerless, as if it’s you against a big faceless insurance company. And while filing a claim may sound simple, unexpected hurdles and questions will pop up along the way. What medical documentation do I need to present as proof? Is there certain terminology that insurance companies look for in doctor’s notes and prescriptions? Can I appeal if I don’t receive the compensation I deserve? A workers’ compensation attorney can answer your questions and guide you through the intricacies of the legal process.
An attorney will help you organize your paperwork, file your claim, and negotiate with the insurance companies and your employer. The knowledge, resources, and experience of an attorney are invaluable assets in filing your compensation claim.
Why LaMarca Law Group, P.C.?
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C. we are eager to be your ally and to get you the compensation you deserve. As a firm, we believe in fairness and justice. We understand that when your physical health is in danger, it is difficult to fight a legal battle. We are here to help. Hiring one of our experienced attorneys means that you don’t have to worry about protecting your legal rights. Instead, you can focus on your physical condition and crucial medical treatment.
We will help keep you organized, prepare your claim, and negotiate with insurers. We have successfully taken on major corporations and insurance companies over the years, so we can handle anything your employer or their insurance company throws at us.
Cases We Handle
Heat or chemical burns occur all too often in the workplace. These injuries are serious, painful, and can leave lasting marks, such as scarring and disfigurement. Serious burns can severely damage tissue, necessitating years of treatment and recovery. Furthermore, burn injuries often have complications including infection, organ malfunction, electrolyte imbalance, and respiratory issues.
There are several types of burns. Burn degrees are classified by their location, the age of the victim, the source of the burn, and the time of exposure. The types include:
- First-Degree Burns: These are superficial burns that damage only the first layer of skin. First-degree burns are mild, resulting in redness and pain, and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and skin care products, such as aloe vera cream.
- Second-Degree Burns: This type of burn damages the first two layers of skin. These burns can be superficial or deep, depending on the severity of the burn. Second-degree burns result in pain, redness, swelling, and blistering, and can be treated with antibiotic creams prescribed by a doctor.
- Third-Degree Burns: These burns affect all the layers of skin and the tissue under it. These burns are severe and require medical treatment. White, blackened, or charred skin may result from these burns. Third-degree burns are treated with skin grafting or synthetic skin. Intravenous fluids and antibiotics might also be necessary.
- Fourth-Degree Burns: The most severe variety, fourth-degree burns penetrate the bone, muscles, and ligaments. This type of burn requires medical treatment similar to that of third-degree burns.
Two types of burns are common in the workplace: heat burns and chemical burns. Heat burns occur when the skin comes in contact with a surface or a substance of high temperature. Heat burns can be caused by flames, hot surfaces, hot liquids, or steam. Faulty wiring, improper gas connections, combustibles that are not stored correctly, and sparks from machinery all present burn risks.
Workers in laboratory, manufacturing, and medical fields are especially prone to chemical burns. These burns are caused by exposure of the skin to harsh and corrosive chemicals. Strong acids, solvents, and other caustic solutions cause chemical burns. Although chemical burns most commonly occur when the substance comes in direct contact with the skin or eyes, damage can also occur from inhalation. Chemical burns are different from heat burns in that their damage does not always progress from the outermost layer of the skin to the innermost layer. Some chemicals permeate the outermost layer of skin without harming it, but they cause damage to the inner layers. Other chemicals dissolve skin on contact.
If you have received a chemical or heat burn in the workplace, it is essential that you seek medical treatment immediately. Then, contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to get started on filing your compensation claim.
If you have suffered a heat or chemical burn at your workplace, you deserve compensation for your injuries. A lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you ensure that you file your initial claim properly, giving you the best chance of a smooth and speedy approval. If you have already applied for workers’ compensation and your claim has been denied, delayed, or minimized, we can find out what went wrong and help you file a successful appeal. With our help, you are far more likely to receive the full amount of compensation that you need. To learn more about how our workplace injury lawyers can help you, contact us today at (515) 225-2600 to schedule a consultation.