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Chemical Burn Compensation Claims And Amounts

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated March 2024. Suffering a burn injury could cause significant damage not just physically but psychologically too. If this happened through no fault of your own, you may wish to seek compensation. Below, we provide a lot of useful information on making a chemical burn injury compensation claim.

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Advice on making a chemical burn injury compensation claim

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What Are The Criteria For Making A Chemical Burn Injury Compensation Claim?

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a chemical burn, you will need to prove that a relevant third party breached their duty of care and, due to this, you were injured. Together, this is known as negligence.

There are various instances where you are owed a duty of care. For example, your employer owes a duty of care towards you under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must take reasonable steps to protect your safety whilst in the workplace and performing work duties. Furthermore, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) states that employers are required to control substances that are hazardous to health, such as chemicals. Should your employer fail to adhere to this duty of care, this could result in you suffering a chemical burn in an accident at work.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Chemical Burn Compensation?

If you meet the above criteria to make a personal injury claim, you will also need to ensure that you start proceedings within the time limit stated within the Limitation Act 1980. Generally, you will have three years from the date of the accident to start your claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, however.

Should you wish to find out how long you might have to begin your chemical burn injury compensation claim, or you want to check your eligibility, please call our advisors.

How Legal Expert Could Help You Claim Chemical Burn Compensation

If you are seeking chemical burn compensation, one of the advisors from the Legal Expert team could help you. They are very knowledgeable about personal injury claims. Additionally, they can help value your claim for free as well as provide you with a case assessment. 

If you have valid grounds for a chemical burn injury compensation claim and would like to move forward with our services, an advisor can connect you to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors. Our solicitors provide specialist support for personal injury claims. They have years of experience. 

There are a variety of ways a solicitor can help you. This can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Ensuring your claim is accurately valued. 
  • Helping you understand complex legal jargon. 
  • Guiding you through the claims process. 
  • Sending important documents on your behalf. 
  • Filing your claim before the time limit expires. 
  • Presenting your case in full. 
  • Advising on when to settle. 

For your free advice about chemical burn compensation amounts, contact an advisor. 

Chemical Burn At Work Compensation Claims

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people may make a chemical burn at work compensation claim.

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.

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.

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 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 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

What To Do If You Suffer A Chemical Burn Injury

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.

Chemical Burn Compensation Amounts

If your chemical burn injury compensation claim is successful, your payout could include general damages and special damages.

General damages in a personal injury claim compensate you for the suffering and pain of your injuries. This can be both physical and psychological. When valuing general damages, your solicitor could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a legal publication that gives guideline compensation brackets for a range of injuries.

Below, you will see a table with some of the figures from the 16th edition of this publication. However, please only use these figures as a rough guide. Chemical burn compensation amounts can vary between cases. The amount you would receive for a successful claim would depend on the specific factors of your claim.

Injury Severity Amount Description
Loss of sight Sight loss in one eye and reduction of vision in the remaining. £95,990 to £179,770 With serious risks of the other eye’s sight deteriorating.
Loss of sight Minor £9,110 to £20,980 Minor impairment that is permanent in one or both eyes.
Eye injuries Transient £2,200 to £3,950 Recovering within a few weeks.
Scarring to other parts of the body Serious burn injuries Likely to exceed £104,830 Significant burns covering 40% + of the body
Scarring to other parts of the body Noticable £7,830 to £22,730 This bracket includes noticeable scars or a single disfiguring scar to the legs, arms, hands, back or chest.
Scarring to other parts of the body Minor £2,370 to £7,830 This bracket includes one single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars to the legs, arms or hands.
Facial disfigurement Very Severe Scarring £29,780 to £97,330 This is for relatively young victims with a significant psychological impact as well as severe disfigurement.
Facial disfigurement Significant scarring £9,110 to £30,090 Most severe effects would have been reduced by surgery. There would be visible disfigurement at conversational distance.
Chest injuries Toxic.chemical fume/smoke inhalation £5,320 to £12,590 Some residual issues but not permanently interrupting lung function.

To learn more about compensation payouts for chemical burn claims, or to talk about the process of starting a personal injury claim, you can contact our advisors today. They could talk you through the process and provide free advice.

What Else Could I Receive As Part Of a Chemical Burn Claim?

If your chemical burn claim is successful, your settlement may also include special damages. This head of your chemical burn injury compensation claim recovers any financial losses caused by your injury. To claim for special damages, you should submit evidence of your expenses, such as receipts and pay slips.

Examples of special damages that you could claim include:

  • The costs of specialist scar creams and oils.
  • Cosmetic procedures required to reduce the effects of the burns.
  • Therapy costs if this is required to cope with your injuries.
  • Loss of earnings for any time spent off work recovering from your injuries.

Get in touch with one of the advisors from our team to discuss what special damages could be included in your burn injury compensation.

What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?

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.

Make A Personal Injury Claim Today

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Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

Below, you can find more information about personal injury claims:

Burn Injury Claims – How Much Compensation – Find out how much compensation you can claim for a burn injury, contact us for free advice.

Accident At Work Claims and Compensation Amounts – Have you suffered a chemical burn injury at work? find out how much compensation you can claim and also you could claim for loss of earnings.

Scar Injury Compensation Claims Guide – Our detailed guide to claiming scar injury compensation.

Medical Negligence Compensation Claims Guide – Our guide to claiming compensation for medical negligence that results in death.

Other personal injury claim guides

If you need any more help or advice on making a chemical burn injury compensation claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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