If you have been the victim of a burn or chemical burn, we are here to assist you in making a claim for compensation. Scars to the face or parts of the body that are often on show are particularly traumatic, having a significant impact on one’s quality of life. For this reason, a higher settlement award is likely to apply to burns of this nature.
Burns can be caused by many different incidents and accidents. They can range in severity and are indicated by 3 categories – first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns.
Established in 1988, we are accredited personal injury solicitors by The Law Society and have experience in successfully representing clients who have unfortunately suffered burns in all manner of circumstances.
To talk to us about making a claim for burns, call us on our free helpline number 0800 195 95 90, and one of our expert solicitors will be happy to assist you. For your convenience, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Making a claim for burns compensation
If you have found yourself burned in an accident, we are here to provide you with the support and assistance needed to make a claim.
From our extensive experience as personal injury solicitors, we understand that suffering burns can be very traumatic. Burns can range in severity and can remain painful for long periods of time. Whilst more severe burns can cause nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle damage, and may require plastic or cosmetic surgery to help treat them.
Burns are most commonly associated with heat, although there are many other causes. We have experience in assisting clients who have suffered burns as a result of cold, electricity, friction and radiation.
What can be claimed for?
We understand that suffering a burns injury can be extremely traumatic. When assisting you in making a claim, we will always bear in mind the psychological impact that the accident and any lasting scars may cause. We will also consider how the injury has impacted your everyday life and your ability to work.
When seeking compensation, we will look to obtain a settlement which takes into account the following:
- The severity of your burn injury and the associated injuries.
- The circumstances in which the accident occurred.
- Any opportunities you have lost due to not being able to work.
- Any expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.
- Any rehabilitation costs.
- The long-term physical and psychological effects that the injury has had on your life.
First-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns
Burns are usually classified into three categories. First-degree burns, second-degree burns and third-degree burns.
The minor burns are usually described as first-degree burns. Burns of this type will normally cause the skin to appear red. Whilst they will cause pain to the victim, this pain won’t last for too long. As these burns only affect the top layer of skin, there will usually be no blistering as a result.
More serious than first-degree burns and generally more painful, a second-degree burn will affect deeper layers of the skin. As a result of a second-degree burn, the skin will become bright red and blistering will occur. There will also be a risk of infection if the skin becomes broken. Burns of this type will also cause fluids from the body to be lost through the site of the burn.
Also referred to as full thickness burns, third-degree burns are the most serious of burns. A third-degree burn will cause the skin to be completely burned away and may cause damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons beneath.
With burns of this type, often no pain will be felt as the nerves will have been destroyed.
Third degrees take a long time to heal and unfortunately, will always result in permanent scarring.
Causes of burns
It is always worth contacting our friendly team and explaining the individual circumstances of the accident and the injury caused, so that we can provide tailored advice. Some of the burn claims that we have represented clients in have been caused by:
- Road traffic accidents
- Dangerous machinery
- Electronic equipment
- Faulty products
- Direct exposure to flames
- Harsh chemicals
- Contact with hot substances
Chemical burns can often occur while you are at work. If you have suffered a chemical injury at work, it may be the result of negligence by your employers.
As your employer has a duty of care to you and your fellow employees, if this is the case, you will be entitled to claim for burns compensation.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, your employer is legally bound to take the necessary steps to ensure that you and other employees are kept safe and not at risk of injury.
As part of your employer’s duty of care, they are legally obliged to:
- Providing a safe working environment for employees that includes safe premises, suitable materials and safety checked equipment.
- Having a legal obligation to take out employer’s liability insurance.
- Taking a reasonable level of care in preventing the possible injury of employees.
Making a claim against your employer
If you have suffered a burn injury in your current workplace, we understand that you may be apprehensive when it comes to making a claim against your employer.
Some employees hesitate in making a claim, as they believe it will result in financial damage to their employer. However, this shouldn’t be the case. By law, your employer has to be covered by liability insurance. Any compensation you receive will be covered by this insurance.
We are experienced in the best possible way of bringing a case against your employer. As employers have a legal duty to provide safe working surroundings and are obliged to insure themselves against potential accidents, your employer will more than likely have little involvement in the claim process. Instead, their insurer will deal with the process on their behalf.
If you wish to make a burns injury claim, or if you are unsure whether you can make a claim and wish to discuss it with us, call us now on our free helpline number 0800 195 95 90 and we will be able to assist you.