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Burn Injury Compensation Claims Explained

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 8th October 2021. Welcome to this comprehensive guide to burn injury claims. Suffering an injury of any kind is painful and traumatic, but a burn or scald can be particularly troublesome.

And if it happened through no fault of your own, there’s no need to suffer. Instead, a personal injury claim might be a suitable course of action. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the process.

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Burn injury claims

Burn injuries can range from different severities, some being minor which need little treatment and others that caused significant skin and even internal damage.

In addition, burns can leave severe scars on both the human body’s external parts and damage to internal organs, tendons, nerve and ligaments.

As a result, the damage from being burned can often lead to even more problems for the victim regarding physical ability problems, scarring and burns damage to skin.

Psychological issues can also be a significant factor when a person suffers this kind of injury, especially when caused by negligence. Due to the severity of burns and how they scar, payment amounts may seem higher. That’s because, for burn injury claims, the pain, suffering and physical damage may warrant a higher amount.

What is a burn injury?

Burn injuries are a type of surface trauma that can affect anyone exposed to certain hazards, such as extreme heat, toxic chemicals, electric voltage and the like.

According to the Children’s Burns Trust, 2018 saw burn injuries cost the NHS an average of £20 million each year. That year alone, more than 15,000 patients received emergency burns treatment for burns. Of this number, around 40 of these were classed as severe injuries, which cost the NHS over £95,000 to treat.

Shockingly, a large proportion of these cases involved children under the age of 5, with the most common causes including being scalded by hot drinks, like tea and coffee.

If you are searching for a burns injury compensation calculator or information about compensation settlements amount in the UK, this guide could help you. At this point, do you have any questions about making claims? Or would you like to proceed with beginning your own personal injury claim today?

If so, our team is on hand to help. You can reach them about filing burn injury claims using one of the following ways:

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A Guide To Burn Injury Claims

The following guide has been put together to guide personal injury victims of burns on how and why to make a personal injury claim. This guide will help you understand the concept of claiming for burn injuries and help you understand the process of making a claim.

It will also give a comprehensive table of compensation amounts, allowing you to estimate how much you may get if your case succeeds. These examples of burn claim payouts will vary from a burn at work to 2nd-degree burn settlement amounts.

The table of compensation amounts has been put together as a guide on how much past cases of burns have been valued. Making comparisons may help you determine how much you are entitled to due to your personal injury claim.

Does the severity of the burn injury decide if I can make a claim?

No. Whether your burns are first-degree, second-degree or third-degree doesn’t change your potential to make a claim. This is so long as you can provide the sufficient evidence necessary to make a viable claim.

What Is A Personal Injury Compensation Claim For Burns?

Let’s break the question down. A personal injury compensation claim is designed to compensate a person who has been injured through no fault of their own. In this case, burn injury claims are technically designed to put the victim of personal injury back to their position before the injury.

However, it is worth noting that an injury does not always mean a physical trauma to the body, as harm to a person’s emotional and mental state could be considered. Personal Injury is a legal term. It is a type of Tort’s law when a person is injured in some way due to another’s negligence.

A burn injury can happen for numerous reasons. Well over 250,000 people suffer these kinds of injuries in the UK every year. Such injuries can happen for all different reasons, and while the majority are accidents and could not have been prevented, others are not. Causes of burns can be through contact with chemicals, hot fluids, hot surfaces, flames, electrical out-puts etc.

With many people being admitted to hospital due to such burns and around 13,000 being admitted, burn injuries are quite common. Such accidents that cause burns can happen due to car accidents, accident in the workplace and in public places such as restaurants.

If the burn was suffered within the workplace, you could be awarded 2nd-degree burn workers compensation. These incidents where the victim is burnt due to the fault and negligence of a third party are where personal injury claims are pursued.

If you have been burned or scalded due to someone else’s negligence, maybe you were burnt while at work, or a road traffic accident caused a burn to your skin. You would have the right to make burn injury claims, and our solicitors will be more than happy to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation. Note the maximum claim time limits of three years from the date of your original accident.

How is the classification of a burn injury determined?

Burns are classified depending on how many layers of skin are affected. For example, first-degree burns affect only the epidermis, or outer layer, whereas second-degree burns will penetrate deeper. 

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Compensation For Burns

No Win No Fee compensation claims that a person who wants to pursue a personal injury claim is at no financial risk as if the case does not succeed, they will never have to pay either side any fees. Solicitors’ No Win No Fee contracts may vary from one law firm to the next. So, this could vary when it comes to the specific terms of your burn injury claims.

Since the law changed in April 2013 law firms, have moved to use the word conditional fee agreement, which is very much like the No Win No Fee agreement. However, such changes to the law meant fees were capped. They were capped so much that solicitors could no longer receive their full fees from the third party if the case was successful, which meant they had to recuperate them elsewhere.

The consensus is that solicitors now make up their fees through a success fee from their client’s compensation. The amount that can be deducted from the final amount awarded is capped by law at a low level.

For more information on pursuing burn injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis, please don’t hesitate in getting in touch with our team.

For What Reason Can I Claim Compensation For A Burn?

Someone could claim compensation for a burn if a third party’s fault caused the injury. However, the vast majority of the population have had some burn, whether minor to the more serious 3-degree burns that can affect a person’s body’s internal parts.

This section will touch upon the various scenarios in which burn claims could be pursued. We have assisted in making compensation claims for multiple causes. Burn injuries can happen in the following scenarios;

Road Traffic Accidents

One of the leading causes of burns, when a person is burned in a road traffic collision, is when the airbag goes off. The substances and components used to allow the airbag to expand when a crash has happened can cause burns to the vehicle’s people. This may only cause minor burns but enough that permanent scarring may be left in its place. And therefore, the victim could certainly file burn injury claims.

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.

Accident at Work Burn Injuries

Claim for a burn

Claim for a burn

Workplace accidents that cause burns can also rate from minor burns to very severe burns. 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 for 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, upmost 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.

Medical and Clinical Negligence Burn Injuries

Many people have been burnt through cosmetic procedures that have left them with lifelong scars due to the inability of unqualified people to attempt to perform procedures that only specially trained people should. You may be wondering how much compensation for chemical burns is available to victims. Even in medical negligence, a burn claim payout could be awarded.

Laser hair removal is one that always pops up for causing burns to people’s skin due to the lack of knowledge, training and equipment. Waxing can be another familiar burn that can happen in the work of cosmetics. However, that said, burns have been known to happen within the area of medicine, even when fully trained physicians are performing a procedure or giving a treatment.

Medical negligence burns can come from the dressing. Some patients are allergic to different types of plastic; however, if both the physician and the patient are unaware of the allergy, it is simply an accident or mistake. In such scenarios, burn injury claims may not be pursued.

Burns in a medical environment may happen due to radiation, laser treatment, chemical burns if a patient comes into contact with hazardous substances. These can occur in situations that could not have been prevented. They could also be due to the negligence of the medical staff.

Consumption of Food and Restaurant Burn Injuries

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 take away establishment, then you may have a case for burn or scalding injury compensation.

Faulty Products

Products, especially electrical products, can cause severe burns and electrocution if they are faulty or do not adhere to the standards set out by law.

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. There is no denying that electricity can be hazardous if products are faulty or an untrained person attempts to rectify or manage any product that requires electricity.

Burns from electricity can be minor, but many can be very severe also, and any could result in grounds to make claims. For more free legal advice about your personal injury compensation claim, contact our team today.

Who Can Make A Burn Injury Claim?

A person or even child, as more than half of the people who visit Accident and Emergency every year due to a burn are children, can make burn injury claims if they feel that the burn was caused due to the negligence of another.

It is fair to say that burns are quite common, and most people can remember an experience of when they have suffered a burn, most of which are mild burns or scalding. However, regardless of the severity of the burn, if it was caused due to a third party, then this burn warrants compensation, many burns leave lasting scars, and emotional effects can also be a result, especially if such scars are visible by others.

Burn at work claim

Burn at work claim

Doctors usually determine what type of burn you have. First degree burns are generally to the top layer of skin, superficial burns, and people typically make a full recovery; however, some scarring can be left.

Second-degree burns affect two layers of skin, and third-degree burns will destroy both top layers of skin and may go on to cause tissue damage underneath the skin itself. Those that suffer 2nd and 3rd-degree burns to their body can make a claim.

The injury must have happened within the last three years unless the case involves a minor, in which the parent or the person responsible for them may pursue a claim on their behalf. However, a minor can always pursue their own claim when they turn 18 as they have three years from this birthday to pursue a claim for compensation.

If you have any further questions about the personal injury claims process, get in touch with a member of our team today.

How To Make A Personal Injury Claim For A Burn?

A common misconception among claimants is how much their burn claim is worth and how much compensation for scalding a victim could receive. Suffering a burn due to another’s negligence can make the victim very frustrated as they are likely to be left with lasting damage that could have been avoided.

Pursuing a claim for burns injury compensation can be the last thing on a burn victims mind. However, burn injury claims could help the victim get back to their normal self in as much as they can.

Starting a claim for burn injuries is quite straightforward. However, it is always advised that a specialist solicitor is used to help pursue the case for it to reaches its maximum compensation amount. Solicitors are legal experts who deal with these claims daily and help you with your case.

We offer free legal and confidential advice to those injured as the result of a burn and have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you receive the amount you deserve. By calling us, you can rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands knowing that we will do all we can to secure your compensation.

What Can I Claim For With A Burn Injury Case?

How much and what can be claimed for a personal injury can differ from one case to the next. No two cases are ever the same, as no two accidents that happen are ever the same, they may be similar, but all have different entities.

Also, people’s circumstances differ; personal injury victims will have their issues contributing to how much compensation can be claimed. For example, personal injury claims for burns can be valued differently as burns are often difficult to attach personal injury settlement amounts to.

Burns can be unpredictable, and also, how they scar and claim amounts will be different for every person depending on the type and degree of burn. Below are different areas that are taken into consideration when calculating a victim’s personal injury compensation amount;

  • General Damages – these cover the pain and suffering a person has felt due to their personal injury.
  • Special Damages – such damages cover the victim’s personal circumstances and helps to put them back into the financial state they were in before the incident took place. Some specific things that can be included within burn injury claims include:

If you’ve experienced financial losses not listed above and would like to know if burn claims will cover them, get in touch with us today for more information and free legal advice about your case.

Personal Injury Claim Amounts For Burns Injury Compensation.

Classifying burns to put certain amounts not only to different types of burns but also different severities is not an easy matter. Burns can be broken down into the following categories;

Thermal Injuries

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

Non–Thermal Injuries

  • Electrical burns or Electrocution
  • Chemical
  • Frost Bite
  • Radiation

All of which can have different severities depending largely on the type of exposure and how intense the cause of the burn has been.

The time scale in which the body is exposed to the component that causes the burn is also very important. If the exposure lasts for a long time, then the damage to the burned area will be much worse than if the contact was very short. Peripheral circulation and thickness of people’s skin can also play a part in how the burn is treated and how quickly after exposure.

If you’d like more information on burn claims or start your claim today, please get in touch with our team.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 allow employees who have been injured through unsafe working practices and negligence of the employers to claim for accidents that happen at work that could have been prevented.

This also applies if employees have suffered a burn at work. Employers are bound by law to report any burn or even scalds that happen at the workplace, even if these are just accidents and could not have been prevented by the employers.

It is not hard to see why categorising burns to apply compensation amounts is very complex. People experience burns in different ways and are left with psychological issues in different ways also. The table below shows how much you might receive in compensation for a burn. It should never be taken as exact but used as guidance.

Burn Injury Compensation Amounts, How Much Will I Receive?

The compensation figures we’ve included in the table below are taken from a set of guidelines produced by the Judicial College, a body that reviews compensation awards made by the courts for a range of personal injuries.

Type of Burn InjuryCompensation AmountsComments
Minor burn injury£2,220 to £7,350Minor burns and scalds to the body that only affect a small area.
Moderate burn injuryIn the region of £8,110Moderate burn can range from small area exposure to a medium area however burns may leave prominent scarring.
Severe burn injuryLikely to exceed £98,380Severe burns usually 3rd degree
Trivial scarring£1,600 to £3,310Visible scar or several small scars only just noticeable.
Significant scarring£8,550 to £28,240Noticeable scar that is within the area of back, leg or arm.
Less severe scarring£16,860 to £45,440This can range dramatically depending on how severe and where placed up on the body.
Very severe scarring£27,940 to £91,350Higher awards generally go to younger people. Serious psychological problems are likely to follow as a result.
Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder£3,710 to £7,680Minor symptoms that pretty much resolve within 2 years, though some minor symptoms may persist.
Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£56,180 to £94,470Debilitating symptoms that may impact work and social life. Likely to be permanent in nature.
Mental anguish£4,380Fear of impending death.

If, after looking at the table above, you’d like more information on how much your claim for a burn could be worth, then get in touch with our helpful and friendly team for further advice.

How to Treat Burns and Scalds?

If you or someone else has been burned, it’s important to stop the process first and foremost by removing the source of the burn. For example, you should remove clothing or jewellery near the injured site, but not if it’s stuck to the skin.

Don’t use ice to cool the burn; instead, use lukewarm running water on the area for 20 minutes. Sitting upright will help reduce swelling, and paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to treat pain.

You should seek medical attention if:

  • the burn is deep, or if deep burns are larger than the burned person’s hand
  • there’s white or charred skin around the affected area
  • there are blisters on the face, legs, feet, hands, arms or genitals
  • the burn was caused by electricity or a chemical substance

Severe burns, such as full-thickness burns, might be treated at a burn centre. Here, procedures like skin grafting can be used to cover the affected area, if not the total body surface area, if necessary.

Burn Injury Statistics

We understand that the claims process, especially for cases regarding burn injuries, can often be complex – especially for those that have limited legal background or knowledge. So, within this section of the guide, we have taken the time to include some statistics regarding burn injuries.

As outlined by the NHS’ health information guidance in their Never Events List 15-16, there are approximately 130,000 people who visit Accident and Emergency (A&E) department each year to receive medical care for a burn. As a result, 10% of these require inpatient treatment from the specialist burns unit.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also released some information regarding scalding and burning. When looking at burns and scalding in the workplace is a predominant threat to those who work in the medical sector, construction, the cosmetic industry, and those who are a part of the health and social care sector. If these incidents are the result of employer negligence, they could lead to grounds for claims to be made.

The graph below shows that, although the rate of non-fatal burn injuries reported to RIDDOR has dropped since 2014, the rate of fatalities caused by burns has increased. However, the number of fatal burns is far lower than those that don’t result in fatalities, such as partial-thickness burns.

Burn at work statistics graph

Burn at work statistics graph

To ensure accidents are prevented to the best of an employers ability, some measures can be implemented. For instance, the HSE has outlined various measures that can be taken to ensure all members of staff act accordingly, safely, and are greeted with a safe workplace, such as:

Why Choose Us As Your Burn Injury Claim Service?

We are a leading law firm when it comes to personal injury compensation cases. We have a team of expert solicitors that have years of dedicating their lives to help those who want to pursue a claim for personal injury.

We deal with all different personal injury claims, ensuring that our clients receive the maximum payout for their case. In addition, we offer all potential clients a free, legal confidential consultation to discuss their case with us and receive information on the merits of their case with no obligation to appoint us as their representation.

We are here for you. First, to offer you a service that caters to all your needs, ensuring that you feel confident and comfortable with our service. We have an outstanding reputation among our peers and our clients, so much so that we receive most of our clients through previous clients’ recommendations.

We leave no stone unturned when investigating your case as we feel that those who have suffered due to the negligence of others deserve the compensation that is owed to them.

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After taking the time to read our guide about making claims for burns, you might wish to speak with an adviser. If that is the case, then please use one of the following methods to reach our team:

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Burn Injury Claims FAQs

In this final section, we’ve included answers to questions we’re commonly asked about burn claims.

What are the three types of burn injuries?

They are first-degree burns, second-degree burns and third-degree burns, with the latter causing the most damage. In either scenario, though, you could file a claim as a result of your injury.

What is a burn?

This is where the skin tissue on any area of the body suffers an injury due to heat, radiation, electricity or chemical contact.

What does a second-degree burn look like?

This leaves the skin swollen with blisters, as well as appearing wet and easy to form scabs.

How could I initially treat a burn?

You should cool the burn under cold water, then apply petroleum jelly a few times a day before bandaging the area.

What is the most common type of burn?

The most common causes of burns include thermal exposure, and they occur as a result of coming into contact with naked flames, hot water and steam. Regardless of how it was suffered, you could make a compensation claim if it wasn’t your fault.

Why do burn patients die?

This is the result of respiration problems and sepsis as a direct result of their burns.

Why do burns hurt more than cuts?

This is because the heat destroys skin cells within burns, whereas the skin naturally heals for cuts.

Should I bandage a burn?

Yes. Use a gauze bandage and wrap it around the skin while avoiding the overexertion of pressure.

Thank you for reading our guide about burn injury claims.

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