Burns can be extremely painful and potentially debilitating. The skin is almost always affected. However, some burns can be internal, leaving the skin relatively unscathed but causing serious health issues.
As a federal employee, suffering a burn injury or other type of disability may impact your job and your future. However, you may be eligible to receive federal disability retirement benefits.
Contact Harris Federal to learn more about your rights. We can provide a free consultation and get started on the process of applying for disability retirement benefits through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). We serve federal workers throughout the country. Simply call or contact us online today.
Burns are typically described as falling within one of four categories:
Treatment for minor burns can be as simple as running cool water over the burn, applying a sterile bandage (if needed) and a lotion or cream to keep the area moisturized.
More serious burns, however, will require immediate medical treatment. They pose a threat of infection. Hospital treatment will consist of cleaning the burned areas and may include debridement, which is the process of removing dead tissue. Skin grafting may also be necessary. Many people undergo cosmetic surgery to help with disfigurement issues.
Physical therapy is often needed, and psychological counseling may be necessary to help with emotional issues connected with the injury. Very serious burns can mean weeks, even months, in the hospital.
Common causes of burn injuries include the following:
Scar tissue forms over previously burned skin as it heals. The greater the burn, the more scar tissue. This tissue can restrict movement when it covers a joint.
According to the National Institutes of Health, severe burn victims continue to have pain issues even years after the injury. Many find the pain to be responsible for difficulties with everyday activities, including work.
Some people are disfigured by burns and even lose limbs as a result, or they may suffer damaged lungs, reducing their ability to breathe normally. You may not be able to work at your present federal job as a result of your disabilities resulting from a burn incident if it was serious.
Harris Federal focuses on working with federal employees to help them understand their benefits when they suffer from disabling medical conditions such as burn injuries. Keep in mind: To qualify for federal disability retirement benefits, your burn injury does not have to be work-related.
Contact our firm today and let us help you to understand your benefits and explain how we can assist you in the process of obtaining those benefits you have earned through your service as a federal employee.
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