Burn Injury in the Workplace


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal workplace injuries occurred at an average rate of 2.9 reported cases per every 100 employees (approximately 2.9 million) in 2016 with a reported tally of 5,190 fatal work injuries in that same year. Workplace injury involving burns, whether caused by fire, chemicals, or otherwise, account for many labor injuries that occur. 

Injuries resulting from burns can cause severe impairments, and in some instances, irreparable damage to the body. Burn injuries often require a long recovery period and when such an injury occurs due to negligence or an on-the-job accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical injuries as well as any pain and suffering for mental and emotional trauma caused by the incident. Burn injuries often have debilitating effects on victims and according to the Johns Hopkins Health Library, victims of severe burn injury could be left with devastating, long-term damage including:

  • Disfigurement 
  • Recurring Infections
  • Loss of Mobility
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Scarring
  • Deep Tissue and Muscle Damage

Though manual laborers such as construction workers, research lab technicians, and fire fighters may be at greater risk of workplace burns, these injuries also occur in corporate office buildings which  may not be properly equipped to handle an emergency. Safety regulations and updates to the building’s infrastructure can be costly and impede on the overall production and performance of a workplace. For this reason, many property owners choose to forego expensive endeavors, which may potentially pose a threat to their lessee’s health and safety. If you or someone you know have endured a burn injury in the workplace, workers’ compensation may be available to you.

How is workers’ compensation eligibility determined?

  • Injuries were proven to have occurred in the workplace
  • The worker involved was not intoxicated during the time of the incident
  • The sustained injuries prevent the worker from performing their current job functions
  • Severity of the injuries keep the worker from returning to their position

In accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, property owners are required by law to provide a safe and healthy work environment. If an on-the-job injury occurs within a property that is not directly owned by their employer, the worker may be able to recover damages from the property owner through a personal injury claim that workers’ compensation ordinarily would not address such as, pain and suffering. As a burn victim, any failure on the property owner’s part to properly install equipment or maintain a safe and healthy work environment, may entitle a worker to successfully sue the property owner for their injuries in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits. 

If you or a loved one sustained a burn injury due to a poorly maintained work environment or property owner’s negligence, it is critical to consult with an experienced workers compensation and workplace injury lawyer. The New York employment and personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC can provide sound legal guidance and effective representation to help you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information or for a free consultation, contact our New York personal injury law firm at (718) 238-2400.