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You are entitled to claim compensation if you have been burnt at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault. We work on a no win no fee basis, meaning there’s no financial cost to you if you don’t win your claim.
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Burns can be very serious injuries, with ongoing and often permanent consequences such as scarring and psychological trauma. The injured party can also lose income if left unable to work for a period of time. Making a compensation claim can go a long way to helping you through a difficult time.
Compensation will be awarded if it can be proven that the employer has been negligent and failed to comply with their statutory duties. Workers are legally entitled to a safe and secure environment. They must be trained properly and made aware of their obligations to work safely.
The different types of burn injury
In medical terminology, burns are classified depending on deep they penetrate the skin:
- First degree burns damage the top layer of skin only (the epidermis). They will be red and blotchy, but not blistered, and pain should soon subside.
- Second degree burns also damage the second layer of skin (the dermis). The injury will turn red and blister.
- Third degree burns are the most serious and reach the third, final layer of skin (the hypodermis). They take a long time to heal and cause permanent scarring, possibly requiring skin grafts.
Levels of compensation vary according to the severity of a burn and its long-term impact on the claimant’s life. Therefore, one of the first steps in making a claim is to get a medical assessment of the injury. We can arrange this for you at no cost.
Why claim compensation?
Claiming personal injury compensation can help ease some of the problems you’ll experience after being burnt, and help in a number of ways:
- It’s your legal right, and fairly compensates you for injuries that were not your fault.
- It can pay for private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed your recovery.
- If you are prevented from working again it can make up for lost income now and in the future.
There is no financial cost to make a claim – you will never be charged if it does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim including any lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement for the injuries and medical treatment that you have sustained.
Your solicitor will also look to help you to recover more quickly by obtaining rehabilitation therapy at the expense of the 3rd party (your employer’s insurers). This could also include private specialist treatments to reduce the appearance of a scar, or help with health issues caused by damage to the skin. Further information on this will be available from your solicitor once your claim has been started, you can also check out our article, “Claiming compensation for burn injuries”.
When you can claim
Usually a claim has to be made within three years of the accident, unless the injured party was under 18. In the majority of cases, claims succeed if employer negligence can be proved and the accident was not your fault. Employers must ensure:
- That staff are adequately qualified to use any tools or machinery that they are asked to use.
- The tools and machinery that staff are tasked with using are fit for purpose, by way of regular servicing and repair of the same.
- That any tools or machinery that are faulty are removed from use and only returned to active service once fully repaired.
- That any noxious or dangerous chemicals are handled in compliance with the ‘Controls of Substances Hazardous to Health’ (COSSH) guidelines, and that chemicals are stored and controlled accordingly.
Burn injuries may be caused by fire, chemicals, electricity, contact with hot substances or exposure to radiation. Any person is entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation if they suffer a burn in these or similar circumstances.
How much you can claim for a burn injury
All claims are comprised of general and special damages. General damages apply to the injury itself and the suffering you experience. This will usually depend on the severity, or classification (first, second or third degree), of your burn. Special damages cover the financial costs you incur as a result of the injury. This would include medical fees, ongoing care, travel expenses and loss of income.
The total amount varies from case to case, but there are guidelines issued to solicitors by the courts. A first degree facial burn could have a value of up to £6,000, for example. Whereas a more severe, third degree facial burn could be more than ten times as much. The table below shows amounts for facial disfigurement, obviously burns to other, less visible parts of the body can attract lesser amounts.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Very severe scarring, with permanent disfigurement and psychological effects||£22,625 - £81,400|
|Less severe scarring, where disfigurement is still substantial with a significant psychological reaction||£13,650 - £40,480|
|Significant scarring which remains visible at conversational distances||£6,925 - £25,160|
|Less significant scarring which remains visible on close inspection||£3,000 - £11,500|
|Trivial scarring where the effect is minor||£1,300 - £2,940|
How Direct2Compensation can help with your claim
Direct2Compensation are experts in managing claims for injuries caused in accidents at work. We know your rights and can help you to understand whether the specifics of your accident mean you can hold your employer liable.
It is important to make sure that the details of your workplace accident have been recorded properly within an employer’s accident book and that medical attention is sought for any burns you sustained. If you haven’t done this already, we can help you to do so.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best expert accident at work solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your claim for injury compensation.
If you have suffered a burn injury at work and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.