How much compensation can I claim for a burn injury?

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 11th May 2022. Do you need to claim for a burn injury? if so, learn more about burn injury claims in our guide below. In it, we explain what you need to know about how a burn claim payout could be calculated. We also give examples of burn compensation amounts and show you how we could help you claim burn injury compensation.

Burn Injury Compensation Explained

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 No Win No Fee 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.

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Burn Injury Guide

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.

What are Burns claims?

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.

No win no fee burn injury compensation claims

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 cases, 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.

What Reasons Are There for Claiming Compensation for a Burn?

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.

Road accident burn injury claims

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 burn injury claims

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.

Medical negligence

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.

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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.

Sadly, some workplace injuries could be fatal. We can see from the HSE’s 2020/21 statistics that while none of the workplace deaths in this period were due to burns, workplace fatalities do happen due to workplace accidents.

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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.

What Should You Do If You Suffer a Burn You Think You Can Claim For

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.

How to begin personal injury claims involving burns

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.

Begin your claim with a free consultation

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.

Have you suffered a chemical burn?

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.

A hot drink has scalded me can I claim?

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.

I have been burnt at work, can I claim compensation for my injuries?

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.

What can be claimed for within a burn case?

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.

Special damages

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.

How much compensation for a burn injury will I receive?

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.

Examples of burn compensation amounts

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 TypeTypical AmountDescription/Notes
Trivial facial scarring£1,710 to £3,530Where the effect is only very minor.
Less significant facial scarring£3,950 to £13,740May 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£9,110 to £30,090The worst effects may be reduced by plastic surgery.
Less severe facial scarring£17,960 to £48,420Leaving scarring that is quite prominent and which causes a significant psychological reaction.
Very severe facial scarring£29,780 to £97,330This level of award will be appropriate where the claimant is young and the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring.
Scarring £7,830 to £22,730This 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 £2,370 to £7,830A 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 £104,830Scarring from burns which result in a greater degree of pain and continuing psychical or psychological injury.
Psychiatric damage £54,830 to £115,730The injured person will have marked problems relating to life, work, education and relationships and the prognosis will be very poor
Psychiatric damage £19,070 to £54,830The 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 £5,860 to £19,070The 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 £1,540 to £5,860The 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.

Why choose us for your burn claim?

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.

How a personal injury solicitor could help when claiming for a burn injury

If you have been injured because of somebody else’s negligence and decide to make a compensation claim, more often than not you’ll find that they will refer it to their insurance company. You might think that an insurance policy is there to pay for any mishaps but, in reality, insurance companies are businesses that want to stay profitable. Therefore, they want to minimise any payments they make. That’s exactly what they’ll do if you can’t supply evidence that shows what happened, how the defendant was liable and what injuries you sustained.

Making claims easier

To help burn injury claims easier, we recommend taking on a personal injury solicitor. Our team specialise in injury claims and have decades of experience. This means they should make your claim less stressful and easier. Furthermore, they could improve your chances of winning a fair compensation amount.

If you are considering making a burn injury claim, why not give us a call today? We will review your case during a telephone consultation and give you free legal advice on your options. If the claim is suitable, one of our solicitors could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.

Find out more About Burn Injury Claims

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.

Helpful Links Relating To Burn Injury Claims

Compensation Calculator

Check how much compensation you could claim for a variety of different injuries in our comprehensive calculator.

Hospital Negligence Claims

This guide looks at instances of harm caused by negligent hospital care.

NHS – Treating burns

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.

NHS – Chemical 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.

HSE – Scalds and Burns

This final link contains information from the Health and Safety Executive about burns and scalds in the health and social care sector.

Finger Injury Claim Calculator

Burn injury claims FAQs

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, electric, 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:

  1. First-degree burns. Only the outer layer of skin is damaged.
  2. Second-degree burns. Both the outer layer of skin and the layer beneath this are damaged.
  3. 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.

Is it a legal requirement to have a solicitor work on burn injury claims?

No, it is not legally necessary for you to have a solicitor. However, it is common for claimants to prefer using a solicitor because they prefer to have the legal legwork taken off their shoulders. An experienced solicitor who is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority could have the knowledge and experience to fight for the maximum compensation possible for your case. In addition to this, they could assist you in knowing what evidence to gather and how to present it to the liable party. If you are interested in using a solicitor for your claim and would like our help with connecting you with one, we would be delighted to assist you.

Would I need to use a locally based solicitor for burn injury claims?

It isn’t at all necessary for you to use a solicitor that is based locally to you. Any solicitor based across the UK could take on your claim. This opens up a great deal of choice for you. Therefore, knowing what to look for in a solicitor could be vital in getting you the appropriate solicitor for your case. We would urge you to take a look at solicitors that work on a no win no fee basis and those who have experience that is relevant to your claim. You could look at independent review websites to see what previous claimants have said about the solicitors you’re looking at.

Can you give me some examples of burn compensation amounts?

If you call our team, we could give you some examples of burn compensation amounts we’ve secured for previous claimants. Hopefully, you will have seen our burn injury compensation table earlier in this guide. This could give you a rough idea of the compensation that could be achievable in successful claims for different levels of injury. We could give you further insight over the phone, however.

What could be included in my burn claim payout?

The damages that could be included in your burn claim payout would be specific to your case. For example, if you have lost money due to not being able to work with your injury, the loss of income could be compensated for. Further to this, you could receive damages to cover your pain and suffering and the impact the injuries have had on your quality of life. 

What is loss of amenity in a burn injury compensation claim?

Loss of amenity relates to the way in which your injuries have impacted your way of life. For example, loss of enjoyment due to you being unable to carry out your normal daily routine and activities. For example, if you are a member of a swim team and couldn’t go in the water due to your injury for a long period of time, this could be considered within your claim. 

Could I be eligible for burn injury compensation?

To find out if you could be eligible to claim burn injury compensation, why not call our team? We could assess your case to see if you could have a strong and valid claim. If so, we could provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to assist with your case.

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.