Burns injuries are often the result of traumatic experiences. They can also be the most painful personal injuries.
Suffering burns can be an incredibly painful injury which can possibly lead to scarring and disfigurement as well as potentially affecting vital organs.
The physical effects can be severe, but there is also likely to be emotional and psychological distress related to the injury.
If you have suffered burn injuries as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
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Most burns are caused by a heat injury to the skin from flames and hot liquids (scalds). Electrical burns are less common but often can be more serious. Burns can also be caused by corrosive chemicals coming into contact with the skin – again this can cause severe injury.
Burns or scald injuries can occur in many situations, examples include:
Burns are classified by one of the following three categories:
First-degree burns are minor burns which only affect the top layer of skin. There should be no blistering, but the skin will appear red. There will be some pain, but it shouldn’t last for too long depending on the area of the body affected.
Second-degree burns are more serious and, in most instances, will be more painful. They affect deeper layers of skin, making the skin appear bright red, with a chance of blistering. The skin may also appear wet due to the fluids lost through the site of the burn.
Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn. The skin will be completely burned away with damage potentially caused to the muscles, ligaments and tendons beneath. The victim may feel no pain due to the nerves being destroyed. Third-degree burns take a long time to heal and will almost always leave permanent scarring. In many cases, skin grafts from unaffected areas may be required.
The exact amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim for your burn injury will depend on your specific circumstances. However, the figures below serve as a guide to the amount you may receive for your burn injury alone.
Type of burn injury or scarring
|Minor burn injury that affects only a small area||£1,000 – £2,989|
|Moderate burn injury that leaves prominent scarring||£2,898 – £19,250|
|Severe burn injury (3rd-degree burns)||£19,250 – £83,550|
|Minor scarring||£1,750 – £6,240|
|Visible scarring||£6,240 – £18,120|
|Scarring due to thermal or non-thermal heat or chemicals||The exact amount of compensation awarded will depend on the location and severity of scarring|
In addition, you may also be able to claim for financial loss sustained as a result of the accident. If you have had to take time off work because of your injuries, you may be able to claim for loss of earnings. In addition, you may be able to recover the cost of any clothing or belongings damaged in your accident. A compensation claim can also help to cover the cost of specialist treatment, rehabilitation or camouflage make up to help conceal permanent scarring and boost self-confidence.
If a burns injury has altered your life, call on our team to protect your rights and make sure you receive the burns injuries accident compensation that’s rightfully yours.
Our personal injury lawyers are well versed in dealing with a full range of burns injuries cases. We ensure you receive the most skilled personal injury expertise as well as the sensitivity, understanding and individual attention you deserve for your burns injury claim. Contact us now on 0800 808 9740 and make sure you don’t miss out on the burns injuries compensation that is rightfully yours.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to accident claims compensation. Our expert personal injury solicitors are waiting to hear from you to assess your potential accident claim.
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