Have you suffered due to a burn injury?
If you or your loved one has suffered from a burn injury, we know how painful and traumatic it can be. As well as the physical pain, you may have been left dependent on those around you or with permanent scarring which can leave you feeling self-conscious and isolated.
We realise that it can sometimes be hard to get back to your daily life after a burn. It's likely to have had an impact on both you and your family.
Because of your burn injury, you may have been unable to work or take part in sports and hobbies, feeling demotivated or living in constant pain and in severe cases your injuries can be life-changing.
We know that no amount of money can take away what you've been through, but making a compensation claim could help to cover the expenses of your injury so that you can focus on your recovery without the added stress of financial pressure. It can also help you to pay for your rehabilitation, including the costs of medication, treatment and care.
For more information and support, you can get in touch with our legally trained advisors on . There are no obligations to claim when you speak to us, but we can let you know whether we think you have a claim and can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor if you decide you'd like to go ahead.
We realise how much of an impact a burn injury can have on your life as well as the lives of those around you.
Aside from the physical pain of suffering from a burn, your injury may also have meant that you've had to take time off work and rely on those around you for physical, mental and financial support.
Lost earnings can make your recovery even more stressful, causing you to feel pressured to return to work or leaving you with unpaid bills and family pressures.
On top of this, you may have been unable to carry on with hobbies, sports and everyday activities such as driving, and this can leave you feeling isolated or dependent on others. We're here to help.
When you get in touch with us, our expert solicitors will work hard to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you're owed for your burn injury, so that you don't have to worry about the financial impacts and so that your pain and suffering is compensated.
Your solicitor will aim to help you make your situation right, by seeking compensation to cover:
- The cost of private medical treatment, rehabilitation, medication and surgery
- The impact on your social life, hobbies and sports
- Lost earnings from time off work, as well as the future impact on your employment
- Care, even if given for free
- Accommodation and travel costs
- Any other impact on your life or your family
Causes of burn injuries
Burn injuries can be caused by a huge number of different types of accident. They can happen very quickly, but often cause lasting damage.
Some common types of accident causing burn injuries include:
- Accidents at work caused by exposed electrical wires or poorly maintained electrical equipment, as well as chemical injuries caused by industrial accidents. Construction accidents on building sites can also cause burns.
- Road traffic accidents where burn injuries can be caused by flames, hot liquids, friction, or faulty inflation of an airbag.
- Defective products, especially electrical products or gas equipment which could cause fires or burns.
No matter what caused your injury, if it happened in the last three years and wasn't your fault, then there's a good chance we can help you make a compensation claim.
Julie Maddocks suffered severe burns on her hands
I was unable to use my hands, couldn't put my jeans on, couldn't cook and became nervous of open flames. A friend told me about National Accident Helpline and the service was really good. I was put in touch with a solicitor and saw a burns specialist.
How are burns classified?
How are burns classified?
Burns are categorised into first, second, third, or (less commonly) fourth degree, depending on how deep the burn is and how many layers of skin it penetrates.
First-degree burns only affect the first layer of skin, also known as the epidermis. A common cause of this type of burn is scalding from hot steam or water.
They don't usually require medical attention, but can cause pain, discomfort and sometimes there can be complications during recovery, such as the burn becoming infected.
Second-degree burns affect the layer of tissue just beneath the top layer of skin. This can cause damage to nerve endings, sweat glands and blood vessels. This type of burn can cause your skin to become blistered and red.
Third-degree burns are also known as full thickness burns, meaning that all three layers of skins have been damaged.
Recovering from this type of burn can take a very long time, and can often cause permanent scarring or disability. You may have had to spend a long period in hospital, or have undergone surgery such as a skin graft.
Fourth degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury and can cause damage to the bones, tendons and muscles. Damage to nerve endings can cause loss of feeling, and will always require medical treatment such as surgery or grafting, or in some cases amputation.
Unfortunately, fourth degree burns are often life-changing, and in some cases, they may even be fatal.
Can you make a burn injury claim?
Can you make a burn injury claim?
We know that if you're thinking about making a burn injury claim, you may be wondering whether your injury was your fault or whether someone else is liable.
The simplest way to find out whether you have a claim is to get in touch with our friendly advisors on .
All our advisors are legally trained, and can give you free advice in a confidential environment. They'll ask you some questions about your accident and injury so that they can get a clearer idea of what happened and so that they can let you know whether they think you have a claim.
We realise you may feel uncomfortable speaking about your accident or injury, especially if the experience was very traumatic or your burns are particularly serious. You can feel sure that we'll do everything we can to put you at ease, and will never push you into making a claim.
There's never any obligation to make a claim when you speak to us, but if you decide you'd like to go ahead and you give us your permission, we can pass you on to one of our specialist solicitors.
Your solicitor will be able to answer any other questions you have and will make sure you know exactly what to expect before getting in touch with the other party and negotiating on your behalf.
If you don't feel ready to speak to us yet, then we generally advise that it's likely you have a claim if:
- Your accident happened in the last three years
- It wasn't your fault
- You were injured
You can also try our free online claim checker tool, which estimates whether you have a claim based on your answers to some simple questions.