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How serious are burn injuries?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Injuries |

Burns are an occupational hazard that many workers have to face. This is especially the case for those in the hospitality sector, such as chefs and wait staff.

Burns can occur in various ways. For instance, a chef could be burned due to exposure to naked flames. A hotel worker might be burned on a steamer while preparing new sheets for guests. The level of burns can vary. Just how serious are burn injuries

First-degree burns 

Burn injuries are typically split into four categories. The first and least serious category is first-degree burns. While these burns can be painful, they typically leave no lasting damage as they are superficial. Treatment for such injuries may include ointments and the healing process generally takes a week or two.  

Second-degree burns 

Second-degree burns are a bit more serious. These burns travel through to the dermis layer of skin. Second-degree burns can swell and there is a higher risk of infection than with first-degree burns. 

Third and fourth-degree burns 

Third and fourth-degree burns are very serious and they often travel through to the bones and nerves. Such injuries nearly always leave permanent scarring and loss of sensation is also a real possibility due to nerve damage. In severe cases, when large areas of the body are covered, third and fourth-degree burns can even be fatal. 

If you’ve suffered burn injuries at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help cover your medical bills, lost wages and further expenses. Seeking legal guidance will help you to find out if you qualify.