This guide will explain how to claim compensation if you have experienced a burn injury at work. Burn injuries can range from minor burns that affect the outer layer of the skin to severe burns that penetrate deeper. However severe the burn injury is that you sustain, you could be eligible to claim if it happened as a result of employer negligence.
If a worker suffers a burn injury, they may experience severe pain. Severe burns may require skin graft surgery. Patients can also experience emotional distress after suffering burn injuries in the workplace. For example, if the burns result in permanent facial scarring, the injured person may experience an impact on their self-esteem.
Employers have a duty of care towards their workers. So if you experienced burn injuries because of an accident at work that was caused by negligence on the part of your employers, you might be eligible to claim compensation.
Public Interest Lawyers can help you claim compensation for a workplace injury. An experienced solicitor from our panel can handle your claim and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
To begin your claim for workplace burn injuries, please contact us today. To get in touch, you can:
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Burns are caused by dry heat or by hazardous chemicals such as hazards. A scald injury is caused by wet heat, such as very hot liquid or steam. Burns and scalds have a similar effect on the skin.
Symptoms of being burned or scalded include the following:
- Red or peeling skin
- White skin or charred skin
The severity of the burn can affect the symptoms that present. The NHS website has more information relating to this.
If someone experiences a severe burn, they will need to go to the hospital for treatment. You should take someone to the hospital if any of the following apply:
- They’ve sustained a chemical burn or an electrical burn.
- The burn is larger than the injured person’s hand.
- If the skin becomes white or charred.
- The burn is on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals and has caused blisters.
You could make a burn injury at work claim if you’ve been injured because of employer negligence. Speak with a member of our team today for more information.
Workplace Burn And Scald Statistics
Certain workplace injuries need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) through a piece of legislation called the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). This includes burns which:
- Cover more than 10% of the body
- Cause serious damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs.
According to statistics from the HSE, there were 2 fatal burn injuries to workers reported under RIDDOR in 2020/21. In the same time period, there were 983 non-fatal burns.
In the previous year, there were the same number of fatal burns. However, the number of non-fatal burns was far higher in 2019/20, when there were 1,697 instances.
For more information on claiming compensation for a burn injury at work that was caused by negligence, speak with a member of our team today.
Employers are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to prevent burn injuries at work. Below, we have included some examples of how a workplace burn or scald accident can occur:
- Fires at work can cause burn injuries. A workplace should have a fire safety policy in place. If they don’t, and you are injured at work as a result, then you may be able to claim.
- Faulty equipment can cause explosions and fires, leading to burning injuries. Employers should ensure that all equipment is safe and well-maintained.
- Workers can experience chemical burns if their employer has not provided them with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are expected to handle hazardous materials.
- Chefs working with hot liquids such as oil can suffer burns or scald injuries if an accident occurs. For example, you’re a kitchen worker and you slip and fall, you could be scalded by hot cooking oil. If this slip or fall happened because of employer negligence, then you could be entitled to claim for the burn you sustained. If you experienced multiple injuries, then you could claim compensation for all of them.
You will have to prove the following to claim compensation for a burns accident at work. Firstly, your employer owed you a duty of care. Secondly, you need to show that the employer neglected their duty of care, leading to an accident at work. And thirdly you need to show that you suffered burn injuries as a direct result of the accident.
The personal injury claims time limit in the UK is generally three years. Sometimes, there are exceptions to this rule, however. If you are unsure whether you are within the time limit to start a burn injury at work claim, please contact us today.
You might be concerned that if you claim compensation for an accident at work that you were injured in that resulted from negligence, this will harm the company that you’re claiming against. You might think that your compensation will need to be covered by the company’s profits, or out of your employer’s pockets.
This isn’t the case. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 is a piece of legislation that makes it a legal requirement for employers to have insurance in place to cover workplace injury claims. This means that you can claim compensation without worrying about this negatively affecting your employer.
You can receive up to two heads of claim in personal injury compensation. General damages are the head of your claim that can compensate for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity your burn injuries have caused.
Your compensation payout may also include special damages. Special damages are compensation to reimburse you for any financial costs associated with your injuries.
Special damages compensation you can claim includes:
- Medical costs, including the cost of having skin graft surgery or counselling for psychological harm that is not available on the NHS
- Travel costs
- Loss of earnings costs
- Specialist care costs
- Mobility equipment, car and home adaptation costs
You can collect evidence to support your accident at work claim. This could include the workplace accident report, photographs of any injuries you suffered and eyewitness contact details so that a statement can be taken at a later date. For more information on how to support a claim for a burn injury at work, and how personal injury payouts are calculated, speak with one of our advisors today.
You can use the table we have included below to estimate how much general damages you could be entitled to for a burn injury at work claim. We have used excerpts from the Judicial College to create this table.
This is a publication that is used to help value claims. In addition to this, you will usually be invited to an independent medical assessment as part of your claim. The report that is generated from this assessment will be used to help value your claim.
|Type Of Injury||Severity||Damages||Comments|
|Scarring||n/a||Likely to exceed £98,380||Serious burn injuries may be awarded significant settlements. In cases where the burn injury covers more than 40% of the persons body damages could be higher than indicated here.|
|Scarring||n/a||£7,350 to £21,330||There could be a single scar which is disfiguring or a number of laceration scars which are noticeable.|
|Scarring||n/a||£2,220 to £7,350||Several superficial scars or a single scar which is noticeable. Scars could be on the hands, arms or legs.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Very severe scarring (a)||£27,940 to £91,350||This bracket might be appropriate for claimants aged between their teens and early 30s. There will have been a severe psychological reaction and the cosmetic effects are very disfiguring.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Less severe scarring (b)||£16,860 to £45,440||There has been substantial facial disfigurement as well as the person suffering a severe psychological reaction.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Significant scarring (c)||£8,550 to £28,240||Plastic surgery may reduce the worst effects of the injury. There will be some cosmetic disability and a psychological reaction that is not great or that has diminished to minor proportions.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Less significant scarring (d)||£3,710 to £12,900||The claimant could have a single scar which can be covered or several smaller scars. Appearance is marred but not markedly affected.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Trivial scarring (e)||£1,600 to £3,310||Any effects are only minor.|
However, it’s important to note that all claims will be assessed based on their individual circumstances. Because of this, the figures above should only be used as guides and not as guarantees.
For a free, no-obligation assessment of the value of your claim, speak with an advisor from our team today. If they feel that you do have a valid claim, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel.
You might be eligible to make a No Win No Fee serious injury claim if you were burned at work because your employer acted negligently. To begin your burn injury at work claim, please call Public Interest Lawyers today.
Our panel of skilled solicitors have experience handling claims for this kind of injury. Moreover, our solicitors may be able to handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that:
- You don’t pay any upfront fees to your solicitor in order for them to start on your claim, and there’s nothing to pay as the claim progresses.
- In the event of an unsuccessful claim, you won’t need to pay your solicitor a thing.
- Provided your claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a legally-capped percentage of your compensation.
To begin your claim for a burn injury from a workplace accident, please contact us today. And our panel of personal injury lawyers can get started on your claim.
Featured Articles And Resources
You are welcome to read these guides to learn more about claiming compensation for a workplace injury.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a charity that offers guidance on preventing certain accident types. For example, they have guidance on preventing burns and scalds.
A guide to burning and scalding hazards in the workplace
A National Health Service guide to recovering from burns and scalds
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