Fire Unintended or Uncontrolled and Workers Compensation
Fire, unintended or uncontrolled is a class or category or division of workplace accidents, for workers compensation claims, that results in a worker being injured.
Fire -- unintended or uncontrolled refers to a fire that takes place in the workplace that either was not intentionally started or has gotten out of control. When this happens and a worker is injured as a result of the fire, fire -- unintended or uncontrolled is the cause or reason that is listed for the worker being injured.
There are many reasons why a fire is intentionally started in various kinds of workplaces. However, a fire that is intentionally started can become uncontrolled. On other occasions, a fire may develop that was not intended. In either case, it becomes a fire -- unintended or uncontrolled.
Fire -- unintended or uncontrolled can also be placed in some subcategories. These include:
- Fire, unspecified (The circumstances surrounding the fire are not specified)
- Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source
- Brush, forest or other outdoor fire
- Fire in building, residence or other structure
- Fire, n.e.c. (fire that is not elsewhere classified)
Fire -- unintended or uncontrolled can result from the unintentional ignition of some kind of substance or object. It can also be brought about by a fire that has gotten out of control, which started at an intentional heat source. Examples of fire -- unintended or uncontrolled taking place are trashcans, bedding, cooking oil and major conflagrations of buildings.
Types of Jobs With Higher Risk for Fire -- Unintended or Uncontrolled
While fire -- unintended or uncontrolled can occur in almost any type of occupation or workplace, there are some occupations where there is a higher risk. Some of these are:
- Oil field workers
- Airline workers
- Workers with chemicals or other hazardous substances
- Construction, manufacturing, plant and office workers
Possible Injuries Resulting From Fire -- Unintended or Uncontrolled
The most common injury that is produced by a fire is a burn. Burns are classified in four categories or degrees. These are:
- First degree burn - This involves minimal tissue damage, extremely sensitive to the touch and redness. Other things that can result from first degree burn are shock, pain, swelling, peeling skin and white charred skin.
- Second degree burn - A second degree burn produces damage to the top layers of your skin and may cause blisters. It can bring about scarring or the need for a skin graft.
- Third degree burn - A third degree burn leaves no skin cells to repair your skin and destroys all of the layers of your skin. The healing time for a third degree burn takes much longer and results in permanent and extensive scarring.
- Fourth degree burn - Your skin is incinerated at all layers. Your bone and muscle tissue are charred. The risk for gangrene and infection is extremely high.
- Other injuries from fire -- unintentional or uncontrolled include disfigurement, skin discoloration, severe pain, respiratory injuries and psychological damage.
Can I get Workers Comp for my Work Related Fire, Unintentional or Uncontrolled Injuries?
Yes, you can get workers comp. If you are having trouble getting workers comp, talk to a workers comp attorney.