Different types of jobs have different kinds of injuries that are common to them, with some professions being more dangerous than others. Among them, jobs that deal with hazardous chemicals create conditions in which workers could sustain chemical burns if they come into contact with such chemicals. If an employee accidentally receives a chemical burn while on the job, can he or she sue the employing company? Should he or she?
The answer to that question lies in the circumstances of the chemical burn. That being said, the injured employee is always going to be eligible for workers’ compensation for burns or any other kind of injury that is sustained while in the workplace. Chemical burns in particular typically require medical attention, so any doctor’s visits, hospitalization, or medication would be covered under the worker’s compensation program.
The variance occurs if the company was following proper safety protocols or not. Hazardous chemicals always come with a set of rules and regulations regarding the handling of them and these rules should always be followed by both companies and employees. If it is the failure on the part of the employer to follow safety protocols however, then they are creating unsafe working conditions. Under these circumstances, if an employee sustains a chemical burn while on the job, he or she would have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employing company, in addition to the worker’s compensation claim.
If you are an employee that has sustained a chemical burn in the workplace and required medical attention to treat it, you always have options. To review these options in a free consultation with us at the Franco Law Firm, please call us at (813) 872-0929 and we would be happy to help guide you through the worker’s compensation or personal injury claim case.