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What is a 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

Burns damage 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 a burn injury, you may be eligible to make a claim for burn injury compensation.

Causes of burn injuries

There are many circumstances in which a burn injury to your body could occur. These include:

  • A road traffic accident
  • A burn injury accident at work
  • Medical negligence
  • Scalding by hot liquid
  • Chemical burns including acid attacks and workplace chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Friction burns – this type of injury is often seen on elbows, knees, hands, arms following a trip and fall on an abrasive surface
  • Radiation incl. excessive sun exposure
  • Fires
  • Animal attacks
  • Frostbite
  • Cleaning products
  • Cosmetics

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Effects of a burn injury

It is not until you receive a burn injury that you realise how much they can impact your life.

Often those with burn injuries experience extreme pain and discomfort and the damage can be life changing. This could mean that time off work is needed as they are unable to perform their job properly and even day to day activities can become complicated due to restricted movement.

Psychological damage can also result from a burn injury as memories of a traumatic experience can be brought back at the sight of the burn. If the burn has matured into a permanent and visible scar, this can cause a lack of confidence and anxiety due to how you feel other people view the appearance of your scar and how you may feel the need to cover up when dressing to go out in public. This will be more so for facial burns.

What you may be able to claim for

  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damage
  • Medical expenses including skin grafts, plastic or cosmetic surgery
  • Cost of care and assistance provided by a friend or family member
  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of income/loss of anticipated earnings

Here at What’s My Claim Worth we advise you to take a picture of your wound as soon as possible and continue to document/picture your wound as it develops and matures into a scar. 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. Paperwork and receipts in relation to any medical treatment and expenses, including travel expenses, should be retained also.

How much compensation can you claim for a burn injury?

The severity of the burn injury often defines how much your burn injury claim may be worth. Compensation for a burn is calculated on the following factors:

  • The percentage of body area affected by the burns
  • Whether the burns are full thickness, partial thickness or superficial
  • The cosmetic impact of the burn and the injured person’s reaction to their burn
  • The need for (and extent of) surgery
  • Any resulting physical disability
  • Any psychological impact

Awards for burns that cover 40% or more of the body are likely to exceed £91,910.

Burn injury case studies

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Do you have a burn injury claim?

If you have suffered from a burn injury and believe that you are entitled to compensation, then please use our compensation claims calculator or speak to one of our specialist burn injury solicitors who will be able to help you. We benefit from in-house medical knowledge, which enables us to fully understand your case in order to give you a high-quality service.

We have helped numerous people make burn injury claims and we would love to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

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