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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Chemical Burn?

By Olivia Jones. Last updated 23rd March 2021. Welcome to our chemical burn claims guide. Chemical burns can cause extreme pain and suffering. In some severe cases, chemicals burns can result in long-term disability and – in certain situations – the person may suffer some form of disfigurement.

It is not uncommon for chemical burns to prevent a person from working. Many chemical burns result in not only physical damages but also emotional and psychological damages.

If you have received a chemical burn – through no fault of your own – you may be able to receive compensation. This guide will explain the process of making a claim for a chemical burn.

Feel free to contact one of our solicitors, either using the webchat on our website, filling out an online contact form, or by calling 0800 073 8804.

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A Guide to Claiming for an Injury Caused by a Chemical Burn

Chemical Burn claims

Chemical burn claims

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the information you will need in order to file any chemical burn claims. In this guide, you will learn of the many ways in which you can receive a chemical burn and the effects such an injury can have.

This guide also intends to answer any question you may have about chemical burns. Some of our most frequently asked questions as they pertain to chemical burns are, “how long does it take for a chemical burn to heal” and “how to treat chemical burns on face”. These are very important questions, as the timeframe it takes to recover from a chemical burn will influence how much you will be compensated.

If you still have any reservations about filing a claim, please feel free to contact one of our representatives, who will be able to clarify any issues you may have. Our contact information will be provided at the end of this guide.

What is a Chemical Burn?

Chemical burns occur when certain irritants come in contact with either the skin or the eyes. Chemical irritants that can cause a chemical burn include ammonia, nitric acid, sulphuric acid, and sodium hydroxide. Receiving a chemical burn from bleach is not uncommon, as this is an irritant that is easily accessible and found in many places.

Common chemical burn symptoms include irritation, redness, and/or burning of the skin. If the chemical burn accident affected the eyes, it can either result in the loss of vision or can change a person’s vision. If you have suffered from an accident and a chemical burn has occurred as a result, you may be owed compensation.

To find out what kinds of accident might result in chemical burn claims, please read on to the next section.

Claiming for Chemical Burns Caused by Spillages

It is not uncommon for chemical burns to happen as a result of spillage. Chemical burns that are caused by spillages occur for several reasons, which can include:

  • People making mistakes or simply being careless.
  • Equipment that might have malfunctioned.
  • Incremental weather or natural disasters.

In these scenarios, the person who will be deemed responsible for the chemical burn you may have sustained will be the employer, as they must comply with certain regulations. If the employer fails to comply with these regulations, their failure to comply may be seen as a breach of the law and they may be held liable for any injury an employee has sustained.

Claiming for Chemical Burns Caused by Unsafe Chemical Storage Containers

When placing chemicals in storage containers, there are a number of steps that should be taken. These steps include:

  • Chemical compatibility – Chemicals must be placed in containers that will be able to hold the material.
  • Caps and closure – Containers should use leak-proof, screw-on caps.
  • Size – Use appropriately sized containers for chemical substances.

Failure to comply with any of these steps may result in a chemical burn accident. In such a scenario, the employer may be held responsible. However, the employee may also hold some level of responsibility. Deciding the balance of responsibility will be a key concern in chemical burn claims.

Claiming for Chemical Burns Caused by Faulty Products

Under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, the law protects the populace from any injury they may have sustained due to faulty products. This law also protects the individual’s home and their possessions if they have been damaged as a result of the defective product. Manufacturers are required to inform the populace of the risk involved with using the product and – if the manufacturer has knowledge that a person may be injured as a result of using the product – they must recall the product(s).

Failure to comply with the law may mean that the manufacturer will be held responsible for any injuries that have been sustained. This could be grounds for chemical burn claims for any injured parties.

Other Common Causes of Chemical Burns

As outlined in the previous sections, chemical burns can be caused because of spillage, unsafe chemical storage containers, and faulty products. However, there are other causes of chemical burns. These causes include (but are not limited to):

  • Coming into contact with car battery acid.
  • Coming into contact with pool chlorination products.
  • Chemical burns from bleach.
  • Acid attacks, which are on the rise in the UK.

There is a multitude of ways in which you may sustain a chemical burn. As long as the chemical burns have occurred through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation for your injury.

You’ll find further detail on chemical burn claims against your employer in our next section, or you can contact us today for free legal advice.

Claiming for a Chemical Burn as an Employee

There are specific laws that are designed to protect employees from injuries while in the workplace. Many of these specifically relate to scenarios in which the chemical burn accident occurred in a workplace.

There are two very important laws that protect the employee from this type of harm. The first law is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Under this law, an employer must adhere to a certain set of standards and regulations. These include:

  • Securing the health, safety, and welfare of persons in the workplace.
  • Protecting persons (other than the persons at work) against risks to health or safety.
  • Controlling the use of chemical substances and explosive or highly flammable materials.

Under this law, an employer is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for employees and is required to follow the laws. This includes providing proper training and personal protective equipment. If they are found to be in breach of these laws, they may be required to pay compensation.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), employers are required to protect employees from any hazardous substances. This law also requires that the employee takes the necessary steps in maintaining their own safety when dealing with hazardous substances.

If you would like more information on chemical burn claims, feel free to contact our team today.

Claiming for a Chemical Burn as a Member of the Public

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires that the person occupying (renting or owning) premises is held responsible for the safety of their visitors. The occupier’s duty is to maintain the welfare of their guests, including those who have not been invited or those who are not authorised.

The premises may include retail stores, supermarkets, car parks, and libraries. It can also include places managed by the local authority such as pavements, playgrounds, canal footpaths, and pedestrian bridges. For example, if you were shopping at your local supermarket and – for whatever reason – you received a chemical burn from bleach, the person who may be liable could be the owner (or another occupier) of the supermarket.

Claiming compensation in a public environment can be a difficult task. It is recommended that you seek legal advice when considering chemical burn claims.

Chemical Burn Facts and Statistics

Chemical burns are some of the most prevalent injuries employees sustain while working in the industrial field. This is primarily due to the significant amount of chemicals they are surrounded by. Chemical Burns can be classified as either first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burns.

Here are a few facts as they pertain to chemical burns:

  • First-degree burns – cause the skin to become red and is extremely sensitive when touched.
  • Second-degree burns – are much more severe. The damages are much deeper and blisters usually appear on the skin.
  • Third-degree burns – are the most severe burns a person can sustain. The tissue of the area where the burns were sustained is dead.

With strong regulations and strict guidelines, burn accidents of all kinds in the workplace have greatly decreased over the years, as shown by the graph below using information provided by HSE. However, as of the latest statistics released, there were still over 1,500 of these accidents occurring each year. These injuries aren’t necessarily caused by chemicals, but chemical burns are included in these numbers.

chemical burn claims statistics graph

chemical burn claims statistics graph

The information in the graph above doesn’t relate directly to accidents caused by workplace negligence. However, it does offer us some insight into the frequency with which these incidents can occur.

For further information about chemical burns, please reach out to one of our representatives who will be more than willing to answer your questions.

Assessing the Severity of a Chemical Burn

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Chemical burn claims

Chemical burn claims are based on how severe your injury is. When assessing the severity of a chemical burn, it is important to visit a medical professional who can give you a thorough exam. The medical examination will prove to be of great importance, as the exact details of the severity of your burn will form the basis of your case for compensation.

If you have yet to visit a medical professional, we can arrange for a medical examination at a local medical facility. As we will see in later sections, the severity of the injury will have a huge influence on the amount of compensation you may be awarded. A thorough medical exam can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation and can ensure that the injury is fully diagnosed.

The Long-Term Effects of Chemical Burns

The long-term effects of chemical burns can have a very significant impact on a person and their compensation claim. For those who have suffered a chemical burn – depending on where they have sustained the chemical burn – their lives can be forever changed because of the accident. It is not uncommon for people (especially those who have sustained a chemical burn or acid burn on their face) to suffer from depression and other mental health conditions.

Remedies for these conditions can include medication and meeting with a psychologist but this varies between individuals. Medication may be able to alleviate the physical pain, though the emotional pain that comes with a chemical burn may take years to heal. Sometimes, emotional pain might never entirely heal. It is important to know this as the injury you have sustained can be compensated for over a long period of time.

The effects of chemical burns are not immediately recognisable and there are some levels of toxicity that can later have unseen effects on the body. This is why it is highly recommended that you see a doctor after you have sustained a chemical burn. Feel free to contact one of our representatives for additional information on this matter.

Our next section will give you an idea of the chemical burn claims process and the steps you should take if you’d like to pursue compensation.

What to do if You Have Suffered a Chemical Burn

If you have sustained a chemical burn as a result of an accident, there are several steps you should take in pursuing your compensation. The most important course of action is to seek medical assistance for your injury. Once this is done, we recommend that you follow these steps:

  • Collecting evidence – If possible, take photos of the place where you sustained your injury. It is also important to take photos of the injury itself. Take photos of the item(s) that caused your injury. And lastly if possible, get testimonies from witnesses.
  • Arrange for a medical examination – After you have acquired all the evidence you could gather – the next step requires that you seek a medical professional. If you haven’t seen a medical professional, we can arrange for you to meet one.
  • Document financial losses – Your treatments, most likely your chemical burn treatment or your acid burn treatment, may take several visits to a doctor. You will be able to claim for all the visits you have made, including your travel expenses, as long as receipts, invoices, and other proofs of purchase are kept.

Following these steps will prove to be very valuable to you during the chemical burn claims process.

What can be Claimed for a Chemical Burn?

There are many expenses, costs, and damages you may be able to claim for following an injury. These can include:

  • General damages – for the chemical burns you have received, along with the mental, emotional, and psychological anguish you may be experiencing.
  • Special damages – for any special costs, such as loss or damage to a personal item. For example the damaging of a family heirloom, your mother’s necklace, or father’s ring.
  • Medical expenses – for any medication, equipment, surgery, or private health care that was needed.
  • Travel expenses – for any travelling that was required. If, for example, you had to travel to another city to see a specialist doctor.
  • Hospice care – for any nurse care you may have needed to help you around the house.

It is important to keep a record of all your expense as you may be able to get them back while filing your claim.

No Win No Fee Chemical Burn Claims

We understand how filing a claim can be very trying for people whose income and financial security has been affected by their injury. That is why we offer a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, or a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), that can help to ease the worries of individuals who are concerned about the process.

When filing for chemical burn claims, you can rest assured that you will not have to worry about any financial complications. If we are able to help you get your compensation, the amount we get will be taken from the settlement amount. However, if we are not able to get you your compensation, you will not have to pay us anything. With the ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, your financial security is protected.

How Much Can I Claim for a Chemical Burn? (Updated March 2021)

Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentVery Serious (i)Up to £379,100Complete loss of vision and hearing.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentVery Serious (ii)Up to £252,180Completely blind in both eyes.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentSerious (i)Up to £168,730Loss of vision in one eye. Second eye may also go blind.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentSerious (ii)Up to £99,440Incomplete vision in one eye. The vision starts to deteriorate.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentVery SevereUp to £61,690Permanent impairment in either one or both eyes
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentSevereUp to £51,460Permanent impairment in either one or both eyes
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentMinor (i)Up to £36,960Slight impairment of eye. Can recover.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentMinor (ii)Up to £19,960Slight impairment of eye. Can recover.
Loss of sight due to chemical burn accidentTransientUp to £3,710Complete recovery of sight.
Scarring caused by chemical burn Serious Likely to exceed £98,380Burns that tend to cause a great deal of pain and physical/psychological injuries.
Facial scarring Very severe £27,940 to £91,350In a relatively young claimants (typically teens to early 30s) where the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring and the psychological reaction severe.
Facial scarring Less severe £16,860 to £45,440Where the disfigurement is still substantial and where there is a significant psychological reaction.
Facial scarringSignificant £8,550 to £28,240Where the worst effects have been or will be reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability and where the psychological reaction is not great or, having been considerable at the outset, has diminished to relatively minor proportions.
Facial scarring Less significant £3,710 to £12,900In these cases there may be but one scar which can be camouflaged or, though there are a number of very small scars, the overall effect is to mar but not markedly to affect the appearance

The amount you can receive for your chemical burn compensation depends on the severity of the injury. It is important to know that the table above is just a reference for what you may be expected to receive. This is not a complete list of all the compensation you may be awarded. If you still have any questions about the chemical burn claims, feel free to call one of our representatives, who can answer any questions you may have.

How to Start a Chemical Burn Claim

After you have acquired all the evidence you need and have met with a doctor, the next step is to begin your case. Finding a personal injury solicitor can be a very stressful endeavour. This is why we offer a free consultation which will help to inform you of the best available options to take. The free consultation can prove to be very useful to those who aren’t familiar with the legal process and is offered on a no-obligation basis.

If you choose to work with us in filing your claim for your chemical burn injury, we will be more than willing to begin the case on your behalf. If you haven’t seen a doctor, we can arrange for you to see a local specialist. Once you decide to work with our team, we’re able to handle the vast majority of the work involved with your claim. If you’re wondering how to get started, calling our offices is often the easiest way forward.

Why Choose us as your Claims Service for a Chemical Burn Injury Claim

If you have sustained a chemical burn, you may be awarded some compensation for your injury. We offer a plethora of benefits for our potential claimants, from offering a free consultation to arranging a medical examination if needed, to our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic, our friendly atmosphere, our level of integrity, and our strong relationship with our clients. It’s this approach which can make your claim so much easier when you work with our team.

We have a very impressive success rate and are determined to help you receive your compensation. We really are the best choice when it comes to filing a claim. If you have any questions about chemical burn claims, you can call our team and speak with a legal expert today.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

Feel free to contact one of our solicitors, either using the webchat on our website, filling out an online contact form, or by calling 0800 073 8804. We’re ready and waiting to hear from you today.

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Chemical Burn Claims FAQs

In this section, we’ll answer some chemical burns claim FAQs briefly.

Can you sue for chemical burns?

Anyone that’s burned as a result of third-party negligence or deliberate infliction of pain has the right to make a claim against them. Providing that this third-party owed them a duty of care that they failed to uphold, grounds for negligence can usually be established.

How much compensation do you get for a burn injury?

As the compensation table shows, there is no average payout for a chemical burn injury. Instead, compensation is valued according to the extent of the victim’s physical, mental and tangible losses.

Can you claim for a burn at work?

Yes. If your chemical burn can be shown to be a result of employer negligence, you can claim compensation.

How long does it take to recover from a chemical burn?

Serious chemical burns can take weeks or even months to heal. You may be left with some permanent scarring even after the injuries are healed.

How are damages calculated?

General damages will be calculated based on the type of injuries you’ve suffered and how severe they are. Special damages will be based on your financial losses, so you’ll need to provide proof like bills, receipts and invoices.

Can you sue a salon for chemical burns?

Yes. If the salon hasn’t taken the proper precautions to ensure your safety and you’ve suffered a chemical burn as a result, you may be able to claim.

How long does a chemical burn claim take?

There’s no one answer to this question. Some personal injury claims where the injuries are minor and liability is clear may be settled in months or even weeks, while more complex claims will take longer.

Can I make a chemical burn claim for a child?

Yes. If your child has suffered a chemical burn, you can claim on their behalf as a litigation friend. If you choose not to do this, they have three years from their 18th birthday to claim themselves.

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