Accommodating an employee with burn injuries returning to work depends on many factors which include the total body surface area involved in the burn, the extent of the burn, the degree of the scaring that affected the patient and the limitations that resulted because of these scars.
(see preventing and dealing with scars I, II) An employer should consider what limitations an employee with a burn injury has; to what extent do the limitations affect the work performance; and the specific job tasks that are problematic as a result of these limitations.
The burned person has to inquire about the available accommodations to decrease or eliminate the problems that he/she are facing as a result of the injury.
Motor impairment which often result from contracture, may lead to difficulty in walking and standing.Burns affecting the arms and hands can lead to difficulty in lifting and carrying things, difficulty in reaching for objects and compromise of fine motor movement such as writing and grasping.The following accommodations can be made for people with gross and fine motor impairment.For gross motor impairment the following can be done: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.The Accommodation and Compliance Series is a starting point in the accommodation process and may not address every situation.Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee’s individual limitations and accommodation needs.Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at According to TBI Recovery Center (2006), “TBI is any injury to the brain caused by trauma to the head.