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Burn Injury At Work Compensation Claims Guide

By Lewis Cobain. Last Updated 06th March 2024. This guide will explain how to claim compensation for a burn injury at work. Burn injuries can have a life-changing effect on a person and may cause permanent disabilities. What’s more, burns victims often suffer psychological injuries such as PTSD or a loss of self-esteem. Under what circumstances can you claim burn injury at work compensation? If your employer was responsible for your accident at work, you might be eligible to claim compensation.

A person suffered a severe burn to the arm from a work accident.

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This guide will help you estimate how much compensation you can claim for an injury at work. We will also explain how to make a burn injury claim for an accident at work. To begin your claim, please get in touch with a Legal Expert today. We can provide you with a skilled personal injury lawyer to handle your compensation claim. You can make a No Win No Fee claim, so there is no upfront solicitors fee to pay.

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Why Make A Personal Injury Claim Against Your Employer?

What happens if you suffered a burn injury at work because your employer acted negligently? You may be eligible to claim compensation.

Your burn injury at work compensation will include general damages. General damages are compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries caused. Secondly, you can claim special damages to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses associated with your injuries. Examples of special damages you could claim include medical costs and reimbursement for loss of income.

Many claimants find that making a personal injury claim helps them move on with their life. So please get in touch with us today to begin your burn injury claim.

How Much Could You Claim For A Burn Injury At Work?

You may be wondering how much compensation you could claim for an injury at work? You can use the table below or our accident at work compensation calculator. We have used guidelines from the Judicial College in the table below. These guidelines are produced using past settlements in court. We have not included special damages in the table.

Category And Level Compensation About This Injury
Facial Disfigurement – Very Severe (a) £27,940 to £91,350 The claimant may be between a teenager and their early 30s. They will have had disfiguring cosmetic effects and a severe psychological reaction.
Facial Disfigurement – Less Severe (b) £16,860 to £45,440 The person suffered substantial facial disfigurement and also had a severe reaction psychologically.
Facial Disfigurement – Significant (c) £8,550 to £28,240 Cosmetic or plastic surgery may reduce the most severe effects of the disfigurement. The person is left with cosmetic disabilities and could have sustained a psychological reaction.
Facial Disfigurement – Less Significant (d) £3,710 to £12,900 The injury may be either one scar which could be covered up or several smaller scars.
Facial Disfigurement – Trivial (e) £1,600 to £3,310 Any effect caused by the injury will be minor.
Scarring Likely to exceed £98,380 This category of burn injury could be awarded a significant damages settlement. If the burn covers more than 40% of the body, the compensation may exceed £98,380.
Scarring £7,350 to £21,330 The person could have either several smaller scars or one larger one.
Scarring £2,220 to £7,350 Several scars which are considered superficial or one scar which is noticeable.

Of course, the outcome of every claim is different. Depending on your circumstances, your compensation payout may be lower or higher than the compensation amounts in the table. So, please call our helpline today, and an advisor can estimate how much burn injury at work compensation you could claim.

Am I Eligible To Claim For A Burn Injury At Work?

To make a burn injury claim, you will need to prove the following:

  • That your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • Your employer acted negligently, and this negligence led to an accident at work.
  • Finally, you will need to prove that the accident caused your burn injuries.

Preventing Burn Injuries At Work

The Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 requires employers have a duty of care towards their workers, which means that the employer is responsible for their employees’ health, safety, and well being when they are at work as much as can be reasonably expected. Consequently, an employer’s duty of care includes running regular risk assessments and identifying potential health and safety hazards.

The Health and Safety Executive has recommendations for preventing scalding and burning at work. Usually, the organisation should have a fire safety policy. And the organisation should protect vulnerable people from hot water or surfaces.

Burn Injury Statistics

According to RIDDOR, during 2020/21 983 workers suffered non fatal burn injuries with an additional 2 suffering burn injuries that led to fatalities.

Types Of Burn Injury At Work

What types of burn injury at work can you experience? According to the NHS there are four main types of burn:

  • A superficial epidermal burn damages the epidermis or outer layer of the skin. Symptoms include red skin and swelling.
  • A superficial dermal burn will damage the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, and part of the dermis.
  • A deep dermal burn or partial thickness burn damages the epidermis and the dermis. Symptoms include red skin blotchiness. In some instances, the skin may be dry or moist. The skin may also have blisters.
  • The skin has three layers; the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. A full-thickness burn is where all three layers of the skin are damaged. The injury may have fully burned the skin away, and the tissues below may appear to be blackened.

Symptoms of burn injuries can include the following:

  • Red skin
  • Peeling skin
  • White skin
  • Charred skin
  • Blisters
  • Swelling on the skin

What is the difference between scalding and burns? Dry heat causes burns. And scalding injuries are caused by wet heat such as hot liquids or steam. For example, you can be scalded by a hot drink.

What Burn Injuries Can You Claim For?

There are various types of burn injuries that you could claim compensation for. However, you would need to prove that your injury was caused by your employer breaching their duty of care. Some examples of the types of burn injuries you may be able to make a personal injury claim for include:

  •   Electrical burns – this type of burn occurs when an electrical current passing through your body is resisted by the body tissues, subsequently causing a heat burn. An electrical burn could be caused by a faulty plug in a workplace that is not adequately maintained by an employer.
  •   Chemical burns – these burns are defined as tissue damage caused by a harsh or corrosive substance. A cleaner may be prone to this type of burn as they use cleaning equipment, which often contains harsh chemicals such as bleach. Staff should be provided with regular training on how to handle such chemicals correctly.
  •     Thermal burns – any direct exposure or contact with fire, hot surfaces or hot fluids may cause a thermal burn. Employees working in restaurants or manufacturing industries are at risk of a thermal burn injury. Therefore, their employer should provide them with sufficient personal protective equipment to prevent the risk of injury.

burn at work injury on a persons arm.

To find out if you could make a personal injury claim for compensation for a burns injury, you can contact one of our friendly advisors today. They can offer you free advice and help answer any questions you may have.

What Evidence Is Needed For A Burn At Work Claim

If you have decided to make a personal injury claim following a burn at work, you will need evidence to prove not only that your employer has acted negligently but this has led to a burn injury at work. Evidence will need to show liability and the extent to which you were harmed. Therefore the evidence which will be useful for you to collect would be:

Medical evidence—If you suffer a burn injury, it is always important to have it checked out by a medical professional. This will ensure not only that you get the treatment you need to recover but that the injury will also be recorded in your medical records, and these can be used as evidence to prove what injury you suffered.

Photographic evidence — If possible and only when safe, capture evidence of the cause of your injury. If the area is covered by CCTV cameras, ask for a copy of the footage that shows the incident occurring.

Witnesses – although you cannot take statements from witnesses for your claim yourself, it is important to gather their contact details so an allocated person can take a statement from them during the claiming process.

Accident logbook—It is vital that if you suffer an accident in the workplace, you report it to the designated person so that it can be correctly logged. If you go on to make an accident at work claim for a burn injury, you can request a copy to use as evidence.

Why not give our advisors a quick call? In a free case assessment, they can tell you if you have grounds to make a burn at work claim. They could also connect you with an accident at work solicitor if your case is eligible. Our solicitors will gather all the necessary evidence needed to prove your case if you decide to work with them.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Burn Injury At Work Claim?

Have you suffered a burn injury at work that was not your fault? Then you may be eligible to claim compensation from your employer. Legal Expert can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor to handle your claim and help you get the compensation you deserve.

All our solicitors offer No Win No Fee terms. We will only charge a success fee if your lawyer wins your claim. You will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement to formalise the process.

To begin your burn injury claim, please get in touch with Legal Expert today using the details below:

  • Call our claims helpline on 0800 073 8804. We can offer you free legal advice and answer any questions you may have.
  • Or begin your claim online today via our website.
  • Alternatively, please type a question for us into the chat widget on the bottom right-hand side of your browser.

Related Articles

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