Burn injuries can occur at work, but also from numerous types of accidents. According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees who have suffered chemical
burns missed at least three days of work due to chemical burns, with thermal
burn victims staying out an average of five days.
Burn injuries may have life-altering consequences for victims, and the
road to recovery is difficult and often overwhelming. The treatments for
burn injuries often require extensive surgery to repair the damage, such
as skin grafts. Some victims may need intense physical therapy and other
forms of rehabilitation to assist them.
The Costs of Burn Injury Treatments
Furthermore, accidents involving fires and explosions at work that destroy
equipment and workstations. In fact, one study taken by the National Business
Group on Health found that fires and explosions contribute to more than
$6 billion in losses, including productivity loss.
Here are the top costs incurred due to treating burn injuries:
- Scarring and disfigurement: $28, 000 to $35, 000
- Psychological treatment: $16, 000 to $75, 000
- Fragile skin or skin breakdown: $38, 000 to $107, 000
- Skin grafts and delayed wound healing: $37, 000 to $110, 000
- Infections, organ failure, sepsis, pneumonia: $58, 000 to $120, 000
The treatments for burn victims tend to be higher due to the cost of medications,
wound dressing, and surgical costs.
Other sources of additional expenses:
- Anesthesiology and critical care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Psychological therapy
- Wound care and dressings
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
As these costs and treatments can continue for quite some time after the
injury has occurred, this only adds to the stress and cost for victims
and their families. If you have suffered due to a burn injury in your
family, you can find some comfort knowing that justice and compensation
may be available to help you overcome the inconveniences that this has
placed on you.
We have helped injury victims for over 25 years and have obtained millions
of dollars in compensation. Request your free consultation with Glenda
Cochran Associates Attorneys At Law.