A Guide To Chemical Burn Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Chemical burns

Chemical burns

If you have suffered from a chemical burn either in the workplace or in a public area then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury. Chemical burns can be extremely painful and even result in disfigurement or long-term discomfort. If the incident in which you were injured was not your fault and was the result of somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, then they may be responsible to pay damages for your injury.

Read on to find out more about chemical burn injuries and ways in which you can claim. Accident claims UK are here for you if you decide to proceed with a chemical burns injury claim. Our phone number is 0800 073 8801. We’re waiting to take your call.

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A Guide To Making Chemical Burn Compensation Claims

This guide will help you to understand the action you should take if you have been injured as a result of a chemical burn. Chemical burns are commonly caused by injuries at work, for which your employer may be held responsible. If you have been injured as a result of a chemical burn in a public place then the occupier of the premises in which you were hurt may be held liable.

It is important that you understand how to care for your burn and what you should do after a chemical burn injury has occurred. We will cover this in our guide. There is usually a three year personal injury claims time limit so we recommend that you pursue your claim as soon as possible. Accident Claims UK are personal injury claims specialists and we have a team dedicated to injuries such as the one you have suffered. Call us today for more information.

What Are Chemical burns?

A chemical burn happens when chemicals or other irritants come into contact with the eyes or skin. Common irritants which cause chemical burns can include sodium hydroxide, nitric acid, ammonia and sulfuric acid. It is also possible to get a chemical burn from simple household bleach.

If you have been burnt by a chemical you may experience a burning sensation, redness and irritation of your skin. Chemical burns to the eyes can be very serious and can result in blindness or a change in your ability to see. If the burn is minor and only affects your top layer of skin then the scarring should be minimal and should heal normally following first aid treatment. As long as you check your dressing regularly and take measures to prevent infection then your skin should return to normal.

However if the burn is more serious then you may need to visit hospital and even be admitted for a number of days. Skin grafts can sometimes be necessary if the area of burnt skin needs to be removed. Severe burns can take as long as several years to heal and leave permanent scarring.

If you experience a burn then you should wash off the chemical with water as thoroughly and quickly as you can, clean the burn and cover it with a dressing. Seek hospital treatment if the burn appears to be serious.

If you have suffered from a chemical burn in an accident that was not your fault then you may be owed compensation.

Statistics For Chemical Burn Accidents And Injuries

For people working in the industry, chemical burns are one of the most common injuries that employees suffer. The main reason for this is that a wide range of chemicals are used on a daily basis. Burns are classified as first, second or third degree to establish the level of seriousness.

First degree burns are the least serious injuries. A first degree burn to the skin will make it red and painful. Second degree burns are more serious. The tissues are damaged more deeply and the skin will usually blister. Third degree burns are the most serious burns you can receive. They kill off the tissue where the burn occurred and you may require a skin graft.

On a positive note, accidents involving chemical burns are decreasing thanks to the introduction of stricter legislation and guidelines. However, acid burn attacks are on the rise. Incidents involving acid throwing have increased by 300% over the past 6 years in the UK.

If you have been unlucky enough to receive a chemical burn then please speak to one of our advisors who will be able to recommend the next steps for you to take.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Chemical Burn Injuries?

Chemical burns are most usually caused by one of the following incidents

  • Chemical spillages
  • Unsafe storage of chemicals
  • Faulty products
  • Contact with battery acid in a car
  • Contact with chlorination products for a swimming pool
  • Burns from household bleach
  • Acid attacks

This list is by no means exhaustive as there are many other ways that you can receive chemical burns. As long as the chemical burn involved an accident which was not due to your fault and happened because of somebody else’s dangerous behaviour or negligence, then you may be able to claim for your injury.

Claim Compensation For A Chemical Burn Caused By Spills

Chemical burns caused by spills are one of the most common ways in which burns occur. Spillages of chemicals are usually caused by carelessness or somebody making a mistake, equipment which may have malfunctioned and then leaked or bad weather or a natural disaster causing spillage of a harmful chemical.

It is usually the employer who is responsible for chemical burns caused by the spillages, as it is their responsibility to ensure that any harmful chemicals are stored correctly and looked after. If an employee is found to have failed to follow regulations then they too may have breached the law and therefore be liable for any injury suffered.

Claim Compensation For A Chemical Burn Caused By Unsafe Storage or Transport

The person or company in charge of harmful chemicals must ensure that the chemicals are stored safely. It is their responsibility to check that chemicals are stored in containers that are compatible, so a container which can hold the substance without corroding or leaking. Chemicals need to be stored in containers that have proper closure mechanisms including leak proof caps that screw on. They should also be stored in the correctly sized containers. Some containers may require some air space above the chemical to allow for any expansion or airflow required.

If an accident occurs leading to a chemical burn and it is found that an employer did not follow these regulations then they can be held responsible for the injury. If the employee is found to have been negligent or careless then they too may be held responsible.

Key to a compensation claim is finding out where the responsibility lies. This can be a complex process and so we strongly suggest that you seek legal assistance in bringing your claim. Accident Claims have many years of experience in dealing with these kind of claims and we will be happy to help you with yours.

Claim Compensation For A Chemical Burn Caused By A product Failure

Consumers are protected by the Consumer Protection Act 1987 against any injuries they suffer as a result of faulty products. The law extends to protect that person’s home and possessions if the product damages them as a result of the defect. Manufacturers of products should place warnings on the product regarding any risks involved and if the manufacturer becomes aware of a fault which may have affected the product you have purchased then they should put out a recall notice. These are the manufacturer’s responsibilities and if they fail to comply with the regulations then they can be held liable for any injuries you have sustained as a result of the fault.

Chemical Burn At Work Compensation

Employees in the workplace are protected by a wide variety of laws and regulations. Some of these laws relate to situations where a chemical burn accident might occur. Most important is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This requires that employers follow certain standards and regulations. Employers are required to:

  • Safeguard the health, safety and well-being of anybody in the workplace
  • Protect all people on site against any health and safety risks
  • Appropriately control use of chemical, explosive or highly flammable substances and materials.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers are required to ensure that the work environment is safe. If they do not follow the requirements of the law then they may be held responsible for injuries that occur and be required to pay compensation.

Another important piece of legislation is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).This legislation relates specifically to hazardous substances. It also places a responsibility on employees to look after their own safety whilst handling dangerous substances.

Can I Make A Chemical Burn Injury Claim Under The Occupiers Liability Act?

Legislation exists to protect visitors when they enter premises that are occupied by another person. This can include renting and ownership. The legislation is called The Occupiers Liability Act 1957. It places a responsibility on the occupier of the premises to safeguard the welfare of visitors. This includes visitors who have not been authorised or invited.

The premises include shops, car parks, libraries and supermarkets. It also includes premises that are owned and managed by the local authority including playgrounds, pavements, canal footpaths and pedestrian bridges. If you were to suffer a burn in any of these locations then the occupier or owner could be responsible for paying you compensation.

Establishing blame for a chemical burn in a public space can be very tricky and we strongly suggest that you seek a personal injury solicitor to help you work through the complexities of this task. Accident Claims provide many experienced solicitors who can help you make your personal injury claim as a result of a chemical burn.

What Are The Long-Term Consequences Of A Chemical Burn Injury?

Chemical burns can be extremely serious, particularly if you suffer a second or third degree burn. It can change a person’s life depending on the location and severity of the burn. As well as the physical injury which can take a long time to recover from, individuals may suffer depression and other psychological conditions, particularly if they have sustained a burn on a visible part of their body that is likely to cause an unsightly scar. These long-term effects of a burn injury can have a big impact on your compensation claim.

As a result of your burn you may need to visit a psychologist as well as a medical doctor. You will probably be required to take medication for the pain but the symptoms can often be harder to manage and more long-lasting if you are suffering from emotional trauma as well. If you have suffered emotional pain then it is important that you are aware that you can be compensated over a long time period for this psychological suffering.

It is really important that you seek medical attention following a chemical burn because the impact is not always just skin deep. Particularly toxic chemicals can have long lasting, initially unseen effects on the body. They may cause illness at a later date. A healthcare professional will be able to advise you on the likely after effects of your burn. The examination is likely to be thorough in order to establish the extent of the injury. The details of this medical examination however will form the basis for your compensation case so it is in your interests to be patient and gather as much information as you can about your injury.

If you are unsure about the action you should take, or your rights after you have suffered a chemical burn then please call Accident Claims today and speak to one of our advisors, who will be able to answer your questions. If you decide to proceed with your case then we can match a solicitor to you who can arrange for you to have a medical examination in order to gather enough evidence for your claim. We are keen to seek the maximum compensation for you so we want to ensure that you have been fully diagnosed.

What Steps Should You Take After Suffering A Chemical Burn?

If you have suffered from a chemical burn then you are likely to be experiencing pain and emotional distress. The first thing you should do is receive an assessment from a medical professional to ensure that you are getting the correct treatment and medication that you need to alleviate the pain. Following this we suggest that you take the following steps as soon as possible

  • Take note of any out of pocket expenses you have been required to pay as a result of your injury. Keep receipts and invoices to prove your purchases. This can include travel expenses and any medical expenses, such as prescription charges.
  • Collecting the right kind of evidence can be really beneficial to your case. Take photographs, if you can, of the area where you were harmed and photographs of the injury itself while it is still new. If you are able to take a photograph of the chemical that caused the injury, and perhaps it’s container that could be really beneficial. If there were any witnesses to your injury then collect their details and their testimony if possible.

What Can You Include In a Compensation For Chemical burns Claim?

As well as claiming for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your burn injury there are also other things that you can claim for.

  • Your pain and suffering claim should include any emotional and psychological trauma you have suffered immediately after the injury and may continue to suffer long-term if your injury has resulted in a disability or severe scarring.
  • You can also claim special damages which can include damage to any personal items, for example a piece of jewellery which is precious to you and was harmed during the accident.
  • You can claim medical expenses for any equipment, medication or private healthcare that you needed to access to help you recover.
  • If you will left out of pocket as a result of any travelling you needed to do, perhaps to see a specialist doctor, then you can make a claim for this also.
  • If you needed a carer to help you around the house following the incident then the carer can make a claim for care costs.

Remember to keep evidence of all of your out of pocket expenses in order to claim properly for them.

Chemical Burn Compensation Claims Calculator

The amount of compensation you are eligible to claim depends on the severity of your injury. You can try using a personal injury claims calculator to get a rough idea or alternatively, this table gives you an idea what you may be entitled to claim but every case is different and it will depend on the details of your specific incident as to how much compensation you will receive. This list is not exhaustive and you are able to claim compensation for other injuries as well. If you require more information about how much you are entitled to claim then please give us a call and we can answer your questions.

Reason for compensationSeverityAverage compensation amountComments
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentVery seriousIn the region of £354,260Total loss of vision and hearing
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentVery seriousIn the region of £235,630Total loss of vision in both eyes
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentSerious£84,160 to £157,600Loss of vision in one eye with the possibility of loss of vision in the other eye
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentSerious£56,070
to £92,960
Loss of a degree of vision in one eye with the possibility of deterioration
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentVery severe£20,760
to £34,460
Impairments in one or both eyes permanently
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentSevere£7,990
to £18,390
Impairments in one or both eyes permanently
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentMinor£3,460
to £7,650
Slight visual impairment but expected to recover
Loss of sight following chemical burn accidentTransient£1,930
to £3,460
Complete recovery of vision

No Win No Fee Compensation For A Chemical Burn Injury

You are likely to be preoccupied with recovery after suffering a chemical burn injury. That is why we think our no win, no feeservice will really help you. Our no win, no fee agreement means that you won’t have the financial worry of paying for your personal injury lawyer. It also means that we will not ask you for any payment upfront. It is entirely within our interests and yours to win your case and achieve maximum compensation. Our fee will then be taken from your final payout. There are no hidden costs here at Accident Claims so you can concentrate on getting better and we will focus on getting you your compensation.

How To Begin Your Burn Injury Compensation Claim

Once you have received your treatments for the burn and collected your evidence we can begin your case. You may be worried about finding a personal injury solicitor so we offer a free initial consultation in which we explain the legal process to you. We want you to feel happy and confident in understanding the burn injury claims process before you proceed. There is no obligation with our free consultation but if you do decide to proceed then we will help connect you to a lawyer to file your claim.

If you haven’t already seen a doctor then the lawyer will arrange a medical examination for you. We understand that the process can be a little daunting and confusing so we are here all the time to answer any queries you have and support you on your journey.

How We Can Help You Claim Compensation

As well as bringing you a friendly and supportive service, we offer many other benefits at Accident Claims UK. We offer a no win, no fee agreement, a free no obligation consultation, we will arrange provision of a lawyer and and they will work to get you the maximum compensation they possibly can. We pride ourselves on having a strong relationship with our clients and do our best to make the process as quick, efficient and stress-free as possible. Our success rate is impressive. We truly believe that we are the best choice when it comes to making personal injury claims.

Speak To Our Team Today

All that is left to do now is give us a call. We will be happy to hear from you. Our number is 0800 073 8801. You can also contact us via our website or using our live chat. We are waiting to hear from you.

Useful Links

Work accident guide to compensation

If your chemical burn happened at work, then this guide may offer relevant information.

NHS- Chemical Burns Page

The NHS give information and advice on burns from chemicals

Rospa – All about COSHH

This is the details you need to know about COSHH