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Scalds and Burn Injury Compensation Claims
If you have suffered a burn or scald that you believe was the result of negligence on the part of another person or an employer, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your suffering. At JMW, our expert solicitors have years of experience handling cases of this kind. Although we understand that a successful claim may never fully make up for the pain and suffering your injury has caused you, the money recovered can significantly boost the quality of your life.
To start your burn injury claim and find out how much compensation for burns you could be entitled to, call us today on 0800 054 6570, or get in touch via our online contact form. Our solicitors will talk you through your burns and scalds claim and explain what you can expect from the process. We will allay any concerns you may have and provide all of the information you need.
How JMW Can Help
When our clients make burn injury claims, they are sure of our undivided attention. At JMW, our personal injury solicitors work with sensitivity and transparency, constantly updating the client about what they are doing and how it is helping to improve their case.
Burns can range in severity, from minor injuries that eventually heal, leaving minimal to no trace of the incident, to severe wounds covering huge areas of the body. Compensation for burns is often given to people who work in a job in which there is the risk of coming into contact with the following:
- High temperatures
- Electrical equipment
Drawing on our extensive expertise in this area of the law, we do everything it takes to achieve the result your claim deserves and get the maximum amount of burn injury compensation you are entitled to.
Causes of Burns and Scalds
There are various reasons why you might suffer a burn, and our team has handled claims for burns and scalds compensation that relate to many different causes, including:
- Road accidents resulting in vehicle fires
- Accidents at work, especially jobs that deal with chemicals or flammables
- Hot food and beverages that are not suitable for consumption
- Faulty products, particularly electrical goods
- Acid attacks causing chemical burns
Regardless of how you have suffered a burn or scald, if it was caused by somebody else's negligence, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.
Burns are a real, constant danger in many industries. It is the duty of employers to ensure their workplaces are safe for their employees, and the risk of suffering a burn can be minimised by:
- Providing appropriate protection for employees, such as gloves or facemasks
- Making sure the employer controls the risks associated with certain substances
- Having proper health and safety measures in place
- Regularly inspecting and testing all of their equipment
If your employer has failed to meet their responsibilities to keep you safe whilst you are in the workplace, and you’ve sustained an injury, you are entitled to claim burn injury compensation.
What are the categories of a burn?
Three categories are usually used to classify the severity of a burn. These are:
- First-degree burns - only damage the top layer of skin, usually causing it to go red and are slightly painful. These are the most minor type of burn and your skin should not blister
- Second-degree burns - these are more serious than first-degree burns. They affect deeper layers of the skin and are likely to lead it to blister, with the skin becoming bright red
- Third-degree burns - these are very serious and may cause damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves on account of the skin being completely burned away. They often result in permanent scarring and, in more extreme cases, death.
Some burns can be classified as fourth, fifth and sixth-degree burns, although these classifications are rare, as they are typically only used during a post-mortem examination, because burns of that severity tend to result in the death of the victim.
For more information on the types and degrees of burns, visit the WebMD website.
What injuries are caused by a burn?
The consequences of suffering a burn or scald can vary wildly. Even a small burn can cause long-lasting pain, and naturally, more serious burns can cause even more damage, which may be permanent in some cases. The sort of injuries burns and scalds may cause include:
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Tendon damage
- Ligament damage
- Reduced mobility
- Psychological distress
For more information about the injuries caused by a burn, take a look at the NHS website.