Working in a restaurant, you know that there is always a risk that you’ll be burned. You work with hot flames, boiling water, hot plates and tools that can be warm, too. If you’re not cautious and don’t use the right protective equipment, burns are definitely possible.
You weren’t expecting to end up with burns bad enough to send you to the emergency room, but you also didn’t expect your co-worker to trip and splash you with hot oil. Hot oil can lead to third-degree burns, so you felt it was best to seek medical care when you realized the burns were spread widely across your chest. It’s extremely painful, but you will survive.
Hot oil burns: Workers’ compensation may help while you get treatment
Since you were burned while doing your job, it makes sense for workers’ compensation to cover your injuries. You were burned accidentally and during your shift, so there is no way for the insurance provider to claim that you were hurt elsewhere or that your injuries shouldn’t be covered.
Burns from hot oil can literally melt the skin. You may need significant surgeries and skin grafts. There may be a risk of infection that you cannot ignore. On top of all that, you may have chronic, severe pain in areas where you have second-degree burns or around the edges of third-degree burns. As a result, you may not be able to return to work easily or at all.
If you are interested in workers’ compensation for your injuries, you should reach out to your employer as soon as you can. If they say you cannot apply or you receive a denial, you may want to talk to your attorney about other options.