How Much Is My Burn Injury Claim Worth?
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 15th November 2023. This guide will provide you with information about possible compensation for burns. If you suffered an injury because a relevant third party breached a duty of care owed to you, you might be eligible to make a, personal injury claim.
There are various daily situations in which you are owed a duty of care, including while at work, on the roads and inth public places. In this guide, we take a look at a few examples of burn injuries you could suffer in different situations, and the duty of care you are owed in each.
If you have sufficient evidence and are within the time limit to bring forward a claim, you may be interested to learn how compensation is awarded in claims for burns. Additionally, if you have valid grounds for a claim, you may like to have legal representation. This guide concludes with a look at how a solicitor working under the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement could help you with your claim.
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- How Much Is My Burn Claim Worth?
- Can I Make A Burn Injury Claim?
- Do I Need Evidence To Make A Burn Compensation Claim?
- Examples Of Burn Injury Claims
- Types Of Burn Injuries You Could Claim Compensation For
- Claiming Burn Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
Compensation for burns can comprise up to two heads of claim. This first is known as general damages. This compensates you for the pain and suffering your burn injuries have caused you.
When a legal professional is valuing this head of your claim, they may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This publication provides compensation guidelines for a variety of injuries. In the table below you can find some of the amounts listed in the 16th edition of the JCG, except for the first entry. Please only use this as a guide.
|Type of Injury||Compensation Amounts||Comments|
|Compensation for the burns plus any expenses related to the injury||Up to £300,000+||This includes compensation for the pain and suffering as well as financial losses such as amounts for cosmetic surgery and loss of earnings.|
|Severe burn injury||Likely to exceed £104,830||May lead to continuous physical and psychological injuries.|
|Severe post-traumatic stress disorder||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms that may impact work and social life. Likely to be permanent in nature.|
|Moderately Severe post-traumatic stress disorder||£23,150 to £59,860||A better prognosis than very severe PTSD is achieved due to professional help that leads to some recovery.|
|Very severe scarring||£29,780 to £97,330||Higher awards generally go to younger people. Serious psychological problems are likely to follow the injury.|
|Less severe scarring||£17,960 to £48,420||Substantial disfigurement and serious psychological reaction.|
|Significant scarring||£9,110 to £30,090||Noticeable scar that is within the area of back, leg or arm.|
|Less Significant scarring||£3,950 to £13,740||There could be one scar, or a number of small scars, to mar appearance but not greatly affect it.|
|Hair Damage (a)||£7,340 to £11,020||The hair is damaged which results in depression, embarrassment and distress.|
Burn injury settlements may also include special damages. This head of claim compensates you for the financial losses you have suffered due to your injuries.
Some examples of the costs that could be compensated for in burn injury claims include:
- Loss of earnings (if, for instance, your burn injuries have caused you to take unpaid time off work).
- Travel costs you’ve had to pay for travel to and from medical appointments.
- Medical expenses, such as prescription costs.
To get more advice on what burn injury settlements can include, you’re welcome to contact our advisors for free today.
You are owed a duty of care in various situations. These include:
- If you go to a public place, the organisation or individual in control of that space owes you a duty of care. This is set under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and means that they must ensure your reasonable safety while you are in that space.
- Your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. This is their duty of care as set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA).
- While using the roads, all road users must navigate in a way that prevents damage and injury from occurring to themselves and to others. This is their duty of care. Road users should also comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code to uphold their duty of care.
All burn injury claims need to satisfy the eligibility requirements. This means that in order to have good grounds to make a personal injury claim, you must prove that:
- A liable party owed you a duty of care.
- There was a breach in this duty.
- You suffered injuries because of this breach.
If you have any questions such as ‘How much is my burn claim worth?’, speak with one of the advisors from our team. They can also assess whether you may be eligible to make a claim for burn compensation.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Burn Compensation Claim?
We know from the Limitation Act 1980 that the general time limit is 3 years from the date of the injury. However, there are two exceptions to this:
- Injured children – For any injured parties under 18, their time limit only begins on their 18th birthday. Whilst a claim can be made before this time, it cannot be made by the child themselves. Instead, a litigation friend must be appointed to claim on their behalf.
- Those who lack the mental capacity to claim – Injured parties in this category also must have a litigation friend appointed in order to claim and their time limit is suspended. Should the injured party ever be deemed capable of making their own claim, then the 3-year time limit would begin.
Reach out today if you have any questions on burn injury compensation claims and their time limits.
In order to form the basis of a valid burn compensation claim, it’s up to you to prove that your injuries were caused by a relevant third party’s negligent actions. To do this, you must ensure that you have the right evidence to build a strong case.
Evidence can help prove the extent of your burn injuries, as well as how they occurred and who is liable. Some examples of evidence that you could use to build your case include:
- Photographs: Photographs of the accident site as well as your injuries can help support your case by illustrating the extent of the harm you have suffered.
- CCTV footage: CCTV footage of the accident can help demonstrate how you were burned, and who is responsible.
- Medical records: Medical records can help illustrate the severity of your injuries and the treatment you required.
- Witness contact details: Taking the contact details of potential witnesses means that their statements can be taken by a professional at a later date.
When you choose to work with a solicitor on your burn claim, they can help you collect evidence for your claim and can help ensure that all areas of your case are covered. To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, contact our team.
Whether you received your laser hair removal from an NHS clinic or a beauty salon, the organisation providing the service has a duty of care towards you. In a medical setting, they have a duty to provide a minimum standard of care. When in a public place, such as a salon, they need to take steps to reduce the risk of injury to those using the space.
They owe you a duty of care. They are expected to take practical actions to ensure the procedure is made as safe as it can be, and the risk of harm it might present to you has been carefully assessed and managed:
If you suffered an injury caused by a burn after laser hair removal because of negligent actions, then the providers of your procedure could be liable for your injury. Our solicitors have experience in handling claims for laser treatment burns and could help you successfully make a claim for compensation. Please reach out to one of our advisers if the providers of your procedure acted negligently and caused your injury.
Road Traffic Accidents
If, following a collision, someone suffers a burn from a road traffic accident, there are several potential factors that may be responsible. For example, a passenger may have been burned due to the airbagg being deployed. The components and substances that allow the airbag to expand when a crash has happened can cause burns to the passengers.
More severe burns in road traffic accidents can be from the road’s surface, especially if they are cycle or motorbike users and if vehicles catch fire. There are various ways those involved in an accident on the road can sustain a burn and if this injury was caused through no fault of their own, they could have grounds to claim compensation.
Chemical Burn Injuries And Accidents At Work
Workplace accidents that cause burns can also range from minor to very severe. There are several different examples of skin burn at work claims payouts, many of which we will discuss in this section.
Those that work in kitchen settings may be burnt often through cooking or the use of hot water. These accidents at work may be accidents that are no fault of another.
Of course, some can be through little or no training or even caused by a third party, all of which would allow the victim to claim personal injury compensation for a burn.
Some occupations mean that employees come into contact with substances and chemicals daily that, when in contact with skin, can cause catastrophic, irreversible damage to the skin and internal organs that can impact the victim for a long time. However, most scenarios could be reasonable grounds for a burn claim payout.
Obviously, such dangerous situations can be prevented if the right protective clothing is worn, employees are fully trained, the workplace environment is safe etc. If any of these components are lacking and an employee is burnt, they could look to pursue burn injury claims.
Burn compensation payouts are not limited to what is mentioned above. They can happen in many different workplaces such as engineering, medicine, cleaning, etc. The important thing to remember is that if the employer could have prevented the burn, there are grounds for a claim.
If you’d like to discuss burn claims at work in greater detail, please get in touch with a member of our team today for free legal advice.
Burn Injuries Caused By Hot Food And Drink
Food producers such as restaurants, cafes, fast food suppliers etc., can cause burns and scaldings to their consumers or customers if their products are far too hot for consumption. If you have ever been burnt due to food or liquids being too hot at a restaurant or takeaway establishment, then you may have a case for burn or scalding injury compensation.
Faulty electrical products can cause someone to suffer a burn injury. If a product is not wired correctly or there are voltage issues, they can cause burns, but fires can quickly be started this way and cause unbelievable damage to a property and or people. If electrical wiring is faulty, this can be hazardous and cause someone to suffer an eclectic shock which could lead to a burn injury.
For more free legal advice about your personal injury compensation claim, contact our team today.
If you meet the eligibility criteria to make a personal injury claim for burn compensation, one of our solicitors may be able to assist you. Our solicitors have experience in a wide range of personal injury claims, and they could offer to work on your claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. It means you do not have to pay your solicitor for their work upfront or throughout the process of your claim. Furthermore, if your claim does not result in compensation, you would not have to pay them for their services.
Alternatively, if your claim does succeed, you will pay your solicitor a success fee. The percentage that your solicitor can take as this success fee is legally capped.
To see if you could be eligible to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors for your burn compensation claim, you can contact our advisors. They can also offer you free advice and help answer any of the questions you may have. To connect with an advisor today, you can
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