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.