By John Bowes. Last Updated 21st April 2021. Do you need to claim for a burn injury? if so, learn more about burn injury claims in our guide below.
Unfortunately, burns and burn-related injuries are more common than you might think. In many cases, they can be very serious, resulting in lengthy periods of medical treatment. If your burns happened as a consequence of an accident that was not your fault, then there is a good probability that in fact, you might be able to claim burn injury compensation.
Accidents such as these can be caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of another person. This might be a local business or perhaps the council. It is worth remembering that somebody should be held to account. Burn injuries can affect your day-to-day life, and if this is the case, you should not have to deal with the extra financial expenses that you might incur. Get in touch with us, we could help you make a claim for the compensation you are entitled to. How much compensation for a burn injury could you claim? Our guide should contain all the information you need, but we are here to help if you have any questions.
Select a section:
- Our personal injury claim for a burn injury guide
- What are Burns claims?
- No win no fee burn injury compensation claims
- What reasons are there for claiming compensation for a burn?
- What should you do if you suffer a burn you think you can claim for
- How to begin personal injury claims involving burns
- Have you suffered a chemical burn?
- I have been scalded from a hot drink – could I claim?
- I have been burnt at work, can I claim compensation for my injuries?
- What can be claimed for within a burn case?
- How much compensation for a burn injury will I receive? (Updated April 2021)
- Why choose us for your burn claim?
- Find out more
- Burn injury claims- FAQs
The purpose of this guide is to give guidance to people who have suffered burn injuries. We include details of how to make a personal injury claim. We will guide you through the process of making a claim and look at the type of costs that might be included in your claim.
There is also a comprehensive table of compensation amounts for burn injuries. This will give you some idea of how much burn injury compensation you might expect to receive in the event of a successful claim. The compensation amounts contained within the table should be used as a guide only. Circumstances and settlements will vary from cases to case. However, they can certainly help you to estimate how much compensation you might be entitled to for your burns injuries.
For more information on burn injury claims, or how to claim for a burn injury, please continue reading our guide below.
Injuries from a burn are more common than you might think. The NHS in England estimates that around 130,000 visits to Accident and Emergency each year are due to the receiving of burns. As many as 10% of that number might need treatment in a specialist unit.
Burns can range from the slightly superficial, but still painful, scald to the more serious burns that can result in second or even third-degree burns, which require significant medical intervention. If you have encountered burns, no matter how severe, as a consequence of an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Your compensation claim for a burn injury will take into account a number of factors. These may be the severity of the burns you have sustained, circumstances such as loss of function, pain and suffering as well as any emotional and financial upheaval will also be taken into consideration when beginning your claim.
If you’d like to know more about No Win No Fee burn injury claims, then please read on to the next section.
Choosing a company that uses a No Win No Fee basis for personal injury compensation claims affords you several advantages, the biggest of which is that anyone will be able to make a claim for compensation whatever your financial circumstances. If your burn injury solicitors cannot win your burns injury claim, you will not owe anything. The level of financial security that is afforded you by opting for a No Win No Fee service can be invaluable and offers you the level of support you need to start your claim.
If you choose a solicitor who charges at an hourly rate to work on a claim for a burn injury then you may find yourself worrying about just how much the work they are doing for you will cost you, and what size bill you might receive at the end of your case. There is also the worry that regardless of your case’s outcome, you will still need to pay this bill. In some case’s there is also the worry that a solicitor may have taken your case on even when there is little chance of a successful outcome. At Accident Claims if we feel that you do not have a case we will tell you, we do not believe it is anybody’s interest to waste time pursuing burn injury claims that have little chance of a payout.
There are a number of different reasons that you might have suffered a burn, and we can put you in touch with a team of specialist burn injury lawyers who have many years of experience when it comes to handling claims for burn injuries, whatever the cause.
If you have been involved in a road accident and have sustained burns from that accident, then you may be able to claim compensation for those injuries. Burns as a consequence of road traffic accidents can occur if the accident causes a fire, vehicle fires can be particularly dangerous and often the burns that occur as results of a road accident can be severe, causing not only significant pain but also lengthy medical treatment.
Accident at work
Accidents at work can happen, even when the best safety measures have been put in place. Depending on the type of job you hold and your place of work the severity of the burns you sustain will probably vary from the more minor scalds to a much more serious burn, especially if you work with chemicals or flammables. Severe burns can cause serious issues that might mean taking a long time off work to recover, significant amounts of medical follow up and even struggling daily with simple tasks.
There is a possibility for burns to occur in a medical environment, whether as a consequence of radiation treatment, laser treatments or even chemical burns. There is a possibility for a patient to be in contact with substances that might be hazardous. In some cases, these types of burns can be due to negligence on the part of the medical staff; however, in other instances, this can occur in a situation that could not have been avoided. When burns result from medical dressing, especially some forms of adhesive plaster, this may be down to medical negligence. However, if the patient and the person treating them were not aware of the patient’s allergy to the plaster, then there is unlikely to be a claim for compensation to pursue.
If you’d like to know more about burn injury claims made against restaurants, food outlets or cafes, then please read on to the next section.
Hot food and beverages
If you are served a product, either in a fast food outlet, restaurant or another eating establishment that is far too hot to be safely consumed then you are at risk of being scalded or burnt. If you have been scalded or burnt by hot food or beverages from a takeaway or restaurant, then you may have a case for compensation.
Even if you have suffered a burn from an injury that is not listed here, then you may also be able to pursue a claim for compensation. Please get in touch with us to discuss your case’s details, or to find out how much burn injury compensation you could claim. We will be happy to help you claim for a burn injury or answer any questions you have on burn injury claims.
Burn Injury Statistics
Information from HSE provides us with some insight into the risk that burns pose in the workplace. As the graph below shows, the number of burn injuries, both specified and resulting in an absence of over 7 days, have reduced since 2014.
However, despite the reduction in the number of burn injuries, the graph shows that there were still over 1,500 burn injuries reported to RIDDOR in 2019/20. Furthermore, despite the reduction of the number of burn injuries reported, burns made up 2% of injuries reported in 2014/15, increasing to 3% of injuries reported in 2019/20.
If you’re wondering what the best first steps are to take in burn injury claims, our next section will be of use to you. Alternatively, if you have any questions on how to claim for a burn injury, please get in touch with us today.
If you have been in an accident that has resulted in your burn or scald injury, it is important to try to follow the procedure that will assist you in making a good case for burn injury compensation. It is a good idea to try and include some of the following steps in your procedure to help make a case:
- Get medical attention – The most pressing thing to do in the case of a burns injury is to seek immediate medical attention, burns can be more serious than you first realise so it is important to be assessed by a doctor. Make sure that the appropriate course of treatment for your burns is started as quickly as possible. The medical professional you see will be able to make notes on your injuries which can then be used to produce a report to help your compensation claim. This can be important in the case of working out the amount you can claim.
- Collect witness contact information – If there were any witnesses to your accident, it is a good idea to try and get contact details. This would really help support your compensation claim should witness statements be required.
- Make a record of the events that happened – It is important to give yourself time to begin the healing process, but as soon as you can, it is important to note the events that happened in the run-up to your accident. Make sure that you write down as many of the details as you can. If you are unable to do this due to your injuries, then ask someone else to write the details down for you.
- Keep paperwork relating to expenses – You might be able to make a claim for any of the costs that you come in for as a direct result of your injuries, these are known as special damages. Keep any receipts and paperwork that you are given as you will probably need these to provide proof of the expenses you have had to meet.
If you’d like to know more about the burn injury claims process, then please read on to the next section, which will look at how to begin to claim for a burn injury.
If you have suffered a burn as part of an accident that wasn’t your fault you may want to pursue burn injury compensation claims. We are aware that making a claim might be the last thing on your mind in the immediate aftermath of your accident, however making a claim can help you to come to terms with the injuries you have suffered and help you financially if you have incurred extra expenses as a consequence of your injuries.
Beginning a burns injury compensation claim is not a complicated process. We can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who has years of experience dealing with claims just like yours; they will be able to help you pursue your claim and achieve the maximum compensation amount for your injuries.
We can begin the claims process with a free no-obligation consultation during which we will take some details about your case. This will allow us to assess your case properly before proceeding. It will also help us to answer your questions such as “how much compensation could I be owed?” Once you are happy to proceed with a claim for a burn injury, we will do everything we can to secure a compensation payout for your claim.
Chemical burns can be very serious, and if you have been in an accident that has resulted in a chemical burn, then you should seek immediate medical attention. If the accident was not your fault but a consequence of some negligence of someone other than yourself, then you may be able to make a claim for burns injury compensation.
When you are ready to pursue your claim, contact us, and we will go be happy to discuss the details of your injury and your possible burn injury compensation claim with you. For more information on burn injury claims relating to hot beverages, please read on.
If you have received a burn injury from a hot beverage that was too hot to consume, whether the drink was purchased in a restaurant, on a train, to take away or from any other establishment selling hot drinks, you may claim compensation for your injuries. If you are uncertain if you have a claim, then get in touch with us, and one of our experienced members of staff will be happy to look into the details of your case with you. To learn more about how to make a claim for a burn injury, read on.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident that has resulted in a burns injury, then you might be able to make a claim for compensation, and we can assist you with this. Every employer has a duty of care to their employees to make sure that the workplace is safe and healthy places to work. If they have been negligent in failing to put the appropriate health and safety measures in place, then you may be at liberty to pursue a claim for compensation.
As part of the duty of care an employer should carry out risk assessments on a regular basis, there are a number of reasons that a burns injury might occur in the workplace if your injury was sustained as a result of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence then get in touch with us to discuss beginning a claim for compensation. An example of skin burn at work claims payouts can be found by using our compensation calculator, but it is important to remember that this figure is a rough guide only as payouts will vary from case to case.
If you’d like to know more about what can be included in burn injury claims, our next section will be of use to you. Or if you would like to know more about how to claim for a burn injury, then you can call us today and we will be happy to discuss the process of claiming burn injury compensation with you.
How much compensation for a burn injury could you be entitled to? What you can claim for, and the burn claim amounts can vary from case to case as no two cases are ever the same. When it comes to making a claim for compensation for a burns injury, a number of factors will have a significant impact on the amount of compensation that can be claimed. Burns are unpredictable and will vary depending on the type of burn sustained and the way in which a person recovers.
These are several of the things that you might be able to claim for as part of your burns injury compensation claim:
Future earnings – Depending on how long your recovery takes, and therefore the length of time you are unable to work for you might be able to claim for the loss of future earnings as well. If you have obtained severe injuries that affect your ability to do the job you did before your accident, then this might be covered as well.
Special damages – These are damages that cover a victim’s personal circumstances, helping them get back on their feet financially following their injury.
General damages – These damages related to the amount of compensation that you might be able to claims in respect of any pain and injury you have gone through with as a result of your burns injury
Travel expenses – If your burn injury has affected your ability to drive, you may need to use other forms of transport to attend appointments. You should be entitled to make a claim to cover these expenses.
Loss of earnings – If as a consequence of your injuries you are unable to return to your place of employment for a significant length of time then you may be able to claim for any loss of earning.
Medical Expenses – If you’ve incurred medical expenses for treatment you have received for your burns injuries, such as medication or hospital bills, you may be able to claim these as part of your burn injury compensation case.
Our burn compensation calculator will give you an indication of the amount of compensation you might expect to receive for a compensation claim for your burns injury. We understand that many claimants might want to get an idea of the sort of amount of compensation they could expect to receive for their claim. However, it is important to remember that neither our company nor any other one will be able to give an exact figure for burn injury claims. Any figures that you find online should be used as a guide only as claim amounts will take into consideration a number of different factors such as injury severity, 2nd-degree burn settlements, for example, are likely to be higher than those for 1st-degree burns, and these will vary from one case to another.
We can provide you with some figures that will give you an indication of the average compensation for burns payouts that are awarded. Our table below, which should be used for illustration purposes only, shows figures for the amounts that are typical for those burn injuries that are most common. There is a possibility that the injury you have sustained is not included in the table if this is the case. Please get in touch with us. We will be happy to discuss the possible estimated figures that you might expect to receive for your claim.
|Burn Injury Type||Typical Amount||Description/Notes|
|Trivial facial scarring||£1,600 to £3,310||Where the effect is only very minor.|
|Less significant facial scarring||£3,710 to £12,900||May be one large or several smaller scars which can be camouflaged and which mar but don't markedly affect the appearance of the injured person.|
|Significant facial scarring||£8,550 to £28,240||The worst effects may be reduced by plastic surgery.|
|Less severe facial scarring||£16,860 to £45,440||Leaving scarring that is quite prominent and which causes a significant psychological reaction.|
|Very severe facial scarring||£27,940 to £91,350||This level of award will be appropriate where the claimant is young and the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring.|
|Scarring||£7,350 to £21,330||This bracket will be appropriate for a number of noticeable laceration scars, or a single disfiguring scar, of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) or back or chest.|
|Scarring||£2,220 to £7,350||A single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars, of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s), with some minor cosmetic deficit.|
|Scarring||Likely to exceed £98,380||Scarring from burns which result in a greater degree of pain and continuing psychical or psychological injury.|
|Psychiatric damage||£51,460 to £108,620||The injured person will have marked problems relating to life, work, education and relationships and the prognosis will be very poor|
|Psychiatric damage||£17,900 to £51,460||The injured person will have significant problems relating to life, work, education and relationships, but the prognosis will be more optimistic than in more severe cases.|
|Psychiatric damage||£5,500 to £17,900||The injured person will have had some problems relating to life, work, education and relationships, but the prognosis will be good and there will have been marked improvement.|
|Psychiatric damage||£1,440 to £5,500||The level of the award will take into consideration the length of the period of disability and the extent to which daily activities and sleep were affected.|
If you want to learn more about what you can include in a claim for a burn injury, just get in touch with our team. We’ll be happy to discuss burn injury compensation claims with you.
When it comes to personal injury compensation cases, we are a leading law firm with many years of experience within the industry. Rest assured that we will handle your compensation claim with all the professionalism it deserves. Over the years, we have been involved in successfully securing compensation payments for hundreds of satisfied clients. We handle each case that we undertake with the same care and attention, and we believe that the compensation process, whilst it can be stressful, should be as simple as possible for all of our clients. We offer the best service that we can and believe in treating all of our customers with compassion and respect that they deserve having suffered injuries due to others’ negligence.
If you have suffered a burns injury due to a road accident or any other form of accident and you would like to make a claim for compensation, please get in contact with us. We will be able to commence the claims process for you. Our team of dedicated professional staff can be contacted on 0800 073 8801. If you have any concerns regarding the burn injury claims process, we will be happy to discuss them with you. We want to make sure that you understand the process of claiming burn injury compensation. We could also answer questions such as “how much compensation for a burn injury am I eligible to claim?” Our primary goal is to help you achieve the maximum burns compensation payouts that you could be entitled to.
We hope this guide to making a claim for a burn injury has been helpful. Below you can find further helpful resources.
Check how much compensation you could claim for a variety of different injuries in our comprehensive calculator.
This guide looks at instances of harm caused by negligent hospital care.
This useful link to the NHS website offers information on the treatment of burns and scalds and what types of treatment you might expect to receive for a number of different types of burns.
This NHS website link contains information that specifically relates to burns caused by acid and chemicals. It is important to remember that these types of burns require immediate attention.
This final link contains information from the Health and Safety Executive about burns and scalds in the health and social care sector.
How much compensation for a burn injury?
With any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation awarded will differ depending on the degree of injury sustained. Compensation settlements are awarded on a case by case basis. As we can see from the compensation table above, a less severe injury will be awarded a lower amount. The more significant the degree of injury suffered, the higher the settlement awarded.
What are the three types of burn injury?
Burns are damage to your body’s tissue. They are typically caused by heat, radiation, electricity, chemicals or even sunlight. Scalds may typically be caused by flammable gases or liquids, steam or hot liquids. Breathing in smoke may also cause internal inhalation injuries.
The three types of burn injuries are:
- First-degree burns. Only the outer layer of skin is damaged.
- Second-degree burns. Both the outer layer of skin and the layer beneath this are damaged.
- Third-degree burns. The deepest layer of skin, as well as the tissues beneath this, are damaged.
Burn injuries can be very serious. Burns could cause blistering, swelling and permanent scarring. Burns may also cause infections as they break the skin barrier. In more serious cases they could also lead to people suffering shock or in the worst cases even death.
How is personal injury compensation calculated?
Personal injury compensation is based on the severity of your injuries and the effect that they’ve had on your quality of life. They’ll also take into account any financial losses you’ve incurred, like loss of earnings or medical care costs.
What are the time limits to making a claim for a burn injury?
The personal injury claims time limit, including for burn injuries, is three years from the date of the accident.
Can I make a burn injury claim if I’m under 18?
Chldren under 18 aren’t able to claim themselves, but they are able to have a litigation friend claim on their behalf. If a claim hasn’t been made by the time they turn 18, then they will have three years to claim themselves.
Can I claim if I was burned at work?
Yes, if the accident that caused your injuries was not your fault and was the result of negligence on the part of your employer then you may be able to claim.
Can I lose my job for making a personal injury claim?
No. It’s your legal right to seek compensation if you were injured through no fault of your own. Your employer can’t sack you for pursuing a claim; this would be classed as unfair dismissal.
What can I do to increase my claim’s likelihood of success?
The best thing to do in preparation for a personal injury claim is to collect evidence. This can be evidence of the circumstances of the accident, such as photos or witness statements, and evidence of your injuries in the form of medical records.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to make a claim for a burn injury. We hope that any questions you have about burn injury claims and burn injury compensation.