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Burn Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For?

By Marlon Cooke. Last Updated 1st July 2022. Suffering an injury of any kind is painful and traumatic, but a burn or scald can be particularly troublesome. If it happened as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that could aid your recovery. Therefore, a personal injury claim may be a suitable course of action. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the process behind burn injury claims.

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Burn injury claims guide

Burn injuries can range in severity, some being minor and needing little treatment and others that cause 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 the 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, and electric voltage.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are an estimated 180,000 deaths every year caused by burns. Non-fatal burns are also a leading cause of morbidity, including prolonged hospitalisation, disability and disfigurement.

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.

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, and you can prove that the burn injury was caused by the negligence of another.

To find out more about how you could make a burn injury claim, get in touch with our team of expert advisors today.

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.

A burn injury can happen for numerous reasons. 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.

Burns can happen due to car accidents, accidents 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 No Win No Fee solicitors will be more than happy to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation.

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

If you have grounds to make a burn injury claim, we may be able to support you by connecting you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors. There are several financial benefits to claiming with a No Win No Fee agreement in place. For instance, you aren’t required to pay any fees upfront or while your claim is being processed.

You also won’t need to pay your solicitor for their legal fees if your case is not won. Only if the case is a success will it become necessary to pay your solicitor’s legal fees. A small and legally capped percentage of your compensation payout will be taken by your solicitor to cover their payment.

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?

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 such as:

  • Mistakes by the staff when performing the procedure
  • The use of faulty machinery
  • A lack of a pre-consultation checks, such as patch tests, to ensure the procedure was safe for you

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. 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 passengers. This may only cause minor burns but enough that permanent scarring may be left in its place. And therefore, the victim could certainly file airbag 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

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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.

Medical and Clinical Negligence Burn Injuries

Some people may be unfortunate enough to suffer burn injuries during medical or cosmetic procedures. If burns are caused during such procedures, it could potentially leave patients with lifelong scars.

You may be wondering how much compensation for chemical burns or laser burns is available to victims. There are no standard compensation figures. However, if you suffer a burn due to medical negligence or negligent behaviour during cosmetic surgery, then you may be entitled to a burn claim payout. It’s wise to consult legal advice about a potential claim if you suffer burns following such procedures.

Laser hair removal burns are specific types of burns that some people may claim for when launching a cosmetic surgery compensation case. Laser hair removal for legs is a common cosmetic procedure that is usually straightforward for patients. However, if an issue occurs, then the patient may experience serious burns on their legs. They may be able to claim for such injuries if the party providing the laser hair treatment acted negligently during the procedure.

Burns have also 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, or 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 takeaway 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?

Anyone can make a burn injury claim if they feel that the burn was caused due to the negligence of another.

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 there may be emotional effects, especially if such scars are visible to others.

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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.

Claims can also be made on the behalf of children; a litigation friend is needed to represent them in civil proceedings until they are 18, at which point they have 3 years to claim compensation themselves.

If you have any further questions about the personal injury claims process, get in touch with a member of our team today. They can offer free legal advice and potentially connect you with a solicitor who can help you start your claim 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.

Pursuing a claim for burns injury compensation can be the last thing on a burn victim’s 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 reach its maximum compensation amount. Solicitors are legal experts who deal with these claims daily and can 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.

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. This could also potentially cover any psychological damage caused by the accident or 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.

More payouts for laser hair removal claims

You may be looking into compensation for burns because you’ve suffered an injury from a negligent laser hair removal procedure. As mentioned above, you may be able to claim for financial losses caused by the injury. Other financial losses that could relate to laser hair removal claims include:

  • Care costs – If you’re unable to look after yourself due to the injury, you may need to hire professional care in the form of a private nurse, for instance. You could potentially claim these costs back.
  • Healthcare costs – The injuries that could lead to you looking into laser hair removal claims may be very extensive. If you’ve suffered traumatic burns or burns that lead to scarring, you may require extensive and expensive treatment to help recover.

The potential compensation for burns that could be awarded can depend on many different factors. Whether you’re wanting to claim compensation for an injury caused by laser hair removal or because following a collision, someone suffers a burn injury, you can contact us for free legal advice. We can advise you if you are able to claim and provide you with a compensation estimate more specific to your injury.

Personal Injury Claim Amounts For Burns Injury Compensation.

Classifying burns to put certain amounts not only to different types of burns but also to 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 burns 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 InjuryCompensation AmountsComments
Severe burn injuryLikely to exceed £104,830May lead to continuous physical and psychological injuries.
Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£59,860 to £100,670Debilitating symptoms that may impact work and social life. Likely to be permanent in nature.
Moderately Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£23,150 to £59,860A better prognosis than very severe PTSD is achieved due to professional help that leads to some recovery.
Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder£3,950 to £8,180Minor symptoms that pretty much resolve within 2 years, though some minor symptoms may persist.
Very severe scarring£29,780 to £97,330Higher awards generally go to younger people. Serious psychological problems are likely to follow the injury.
Less severe scarring£17,960 to £48,420Substantial disfigurement and serious psychological reaction.
Significant scarring£9,110 to £30,090Noticeable scar that is within the area of back, leg or arm.
Trivial scarring£1,710 to £3,530Visible scar or several small scars only just noticeable.
Less Significant scarring£3,950 to £13,740There could be one scar, or a number of small scars, to mar appearance but not greatly affect it.
Moderately Severe Anxiety Disorder£23,150 to £59,860Severe anxiety heavily affecting a person's life

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.

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.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance on preventing and treating scalding and burning injuries in workplaces and has also provided statistics on such work incidents. The HSE has noted that burns and scalding 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.

According to statistics provided by the HSE:

  • There were 983 non-fatal burn injuries at work that were reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 during the 2020/21 period.
  • 912 of these reported burn injuries caused the injured employees to be off work for a period longer than 7 days.
  • Also in the 2020/21 period, there were 2 fatal burn injuries reported under RIDDOR.

Preventive measures for work accident burns

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:

  • Routine inspections.
  • Provide all members of staff with suitable training.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Ensure all members of staff are provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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 advisor. If that is the case, then please use one of the following methods to reach our team:

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.

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