I Suffered A Burn Injury At Work, How Much Could I Claim?
By Lewis Cobain. Last Updated 1st August 2023. 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.
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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- Types Of Burn Injury At Work
- What Burn Injuries Can You Claim For?
- Treating Burn Injuries
- Am I Eligible To Claim For a Burn Injury At Work?
- Why Make A Personal Injury Claim Against Your Employer?
- How Much Could You Claim For A Burn Injury At Work?
- Can I Make A No Win No Fee Burn Injury At Work Claim?
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
- 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.
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.
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.
According to the NHS burn injury treatment can vary. Their website offers useful information as to what you should so to a burn injury immediately after it occurs.
Of course, a serious burn requires hospital treatment. You should take the injured person to a hospital Accident & Emergency department (A&E) if their burns have the following:
- There is charred skin or white skin – any size
- The burn is larger than the person’s hand
- It is a chemical burn or an electrical burn
- The person has blisters on their body
If the burns are serious, the injured person may require a skin graft operation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below, you can find a list of guides which may tell you more about accident at work claims:
- Discover more answers to your queries on our accident at work FAQs page
- Can I claim compensation if I’ve left the company?
- Can you lose your job if you claim against your employer?
- Injured due to tiredness or fatigue – can I claim?
- I hurt myself at work, can I make a claim?
- What to do if you cut off your finger at work
- How to claim compensation for industrial dermatitis
- I was injured at work – what are my rights?
- Is my employer liable for an accident at work?
- What should I do if I hurt myself at work?
- Who pays my medical bills if I’m injured at work?
- Can I make a claim if injured in my probation period?
- Who pays damages in an accident at work claim?
- I slipped on water at work, can I make a claim?
- Does my employer pay my medical bills if I’m injured at work?
- Can you still claim compensation f you didn’t take time off work?
- Do you have to be an employee to make a workplace injury claim?
- I am a new employee, can I make a claim?
- How do you prove an accident at work claim?
- Do you need to be an employee to make a workplace accident claim?
- What happens if you do not report an injury or accident?
- Can I make a claim if I’m an agency worker?
- I was dismissed after an accident at work, what should I do?
- If I was partly at fault for an accident can I still make a claim?
- I am self-employed and had an accident at work, can I make a claim?
- I had an accident at work due to no safety boots – can I make a claim?
- Can an apprentice make an accident at work claim?
- I suffered a head injury due to no helmet – can I make a claim?
- Can I claim if injured because of no safety goggles?
- What is the time limit for an accident at work claim?
- What are my employers’ responsibilities after an accident at work?
- Will suing my employer create problems?
- How to make a claim for inadequate tools and equipment
- What is the maximum weight I can lift at work?
- How to claim for accidents in work environments
- Who has the overall responsibility for recording injuries at work?
- How long after an injury at work can I make a claim?
- I fell down the stair at work, can I make a claim?
- Learn more about accident at work claims here
- An NHS guide to applying first aid to burns
- Types of incidents that are reportable to RIDDOR
Thank you for reading our guide to claiming compensation for burn injuries.
Guide By Chelache
Edited By Melissa.