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Compensation for burn injuries at work

Sustaining a burns injury can be a difficult and daunting time for anyone, especially if it was not your fault. At What’s My Claim Worth we have experienced solicitors who will fight on your behalf for the compensation you are entitled to.

We offer the full support you require while delivering an unparalleled legal service. Each case is investigated in its own right by one of our personal injury solicitors who will then advise you on your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We know that no amount of money will ever make up for the pain a burn injury victim goes through. Our aim is to win compensation to help you to get your life back to normal after your accident. We see it as our job to support our clients throughout the claim process. You may require treatment as a result of your injuries, we can help organise for you to efficiently aid your recovery.

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Common causes of burning and scarring in the workplace

The most common type of burn is caused by heat on the skin, for example from flames, hot liquids (scalds) and radiation (sunburn). Less common, are burns caused by electrocution or as a result of corrosive chemicals coming into contact with the skin, both of which are of high severity.

Thermal Burn Injuries Include:

  • Flame Burn (dry heat)
  • Scalding Burn (wet heat)

Non – Thermal Burn Injuries Include:

  • Electrical or Electrocution
  • Chemical
  • Frost Bite
  • Radiation

Other causes of burns and scarring include:

Burn Severity – The Four Degrees of Workplace Burn Injury

Burns represent damage to any of the skin’s three layers and deeper tissues caused by thermal (including electrical) or chemical damage. The following categories pertain to both thermal and chemical burn injury:

  • First-degree burns – damage to outer skin layer (epidermis) causing redness and mild pain, these burns, which include sunburns, commonly heal within 3 to 5 days
  • Second-degree burns – burn damage extends deeper into the second layer of the skin (dermis) causing blistering in addition to redness, these burns typically heal within 1 to 3 weeks
  • Third-degree burns – burn damages all 3 skin layers, causing severe swelling, the injury site can be white, black, red or brown, severe burns are more painful as nerves are typically severed, scarring often occurs and skin grafts may be required
  • Fourth-degree burns – the most severe burn, where burn damage extends to all skin layers and can damage muscle and bone, skin grafts do not work to heal these burns, fourth-degree burn victims often require amputation if injury occurs in a limb/extremity

A large percentage of burns are minor and can be treated without professional care. However, if you have suffered any form of burning/scarring from an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.

Who is most at Risk to a Burn Injury at Work?

Hazardous substances that cause burns can affect people from a wide range of industries but those most at risk include:

  • Hairdressers
  • Beauticians
  • Cleaners
  • Mechanics
  • Healthcare staff

What should I do if I’ve suffered a burn injury at work?

Depending on the type of accident and where it occurred, it should be reported as soon as possible to the manager or supervisor of the organisation. Witness details should be obtained and all relevant paperwork should be retained. Photographs should be taken, if appropriate. Paperwork and receipts in relation to any medical treatment and expenses, including travel expenses, should be retained also. If in doubt keep everything.

What happens next?

One of our personal injury solicitors will make an assessment of the claim and will advise you on how to proceed. We will provide you with an approximate figure of how much compensation you will be entitled to claim. This figure will depend on the level and duration of the pain and suffering the injury has caused, whether there is any permanent scarring or disfigurement and whether there is any damage to any vital organs. In addition, you would also be entitled to claim for any reasonable financial losses you have suffered as a result of your accident.

How much compensation am I entitled to for a burn injury at work ?

The amount of compensation you are entitled to would be determined by the severity of your injury, the effect the injury has had on your lifestyle and how your injury has affected your financial circumstances.

Burn Injury Case Studies

Find out how we’ve helped our clients claim the compensation they deserve for their work related burn injuries:

How long do I have to make a Claim regarding a burn injury at work?

Personal injury claims are subject to strict time limits. By law, you must normally submit your claim to the Court within 3 years of the date of your accident. Any delay may mean that you lose your right to claim. The best advice is to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.

Who do I Contact?

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury through no fault of your own, as a result of a burn, or you would like some more information about burn injury claims, call What’s my Claim Worth or use our Claimometer.

Call now to speak to a member of our specialist personal injury team who can assist you further. No cold calling. No call centres, just you and your solicitor. With us, it’s personal.

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Burn Accident at Work Case Study

Our clients employer admitted liability for an accident that caused scarring and burning injuries.


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