Burns and Scalds Claims
Suffering a burn or scalding yourself can turn your life around in an instant. Often causing physical marks and scars, burns and scalds can also cause psychological stress to the victim. This is why we would highly recommend submitting burn claims to help cover the loss of earnings and treatment that often comes along with a burn or scald accident.
With varying degrees of burn severity, victims can suffer milder burns, or more drastic burn injuries which could require surgery to heal.
If you have suffered a burn or scald at work that could have been avoided if your employer or co-worker hadn’t acted negligently, you could be entitled to compensation by submitting a serious burn injury claim.
Common Causes of Burns and Scalds
People who often work with hot surfaces, hot substances or items such as ovens or even heated hair styling products are more likely to suffer burns and scalds, but that doesn’t mean that individuals from other positions can’t sustain them and claim for burn injury compensation
For people coming into contact with extreme cold, cold burn can be a very real issue, especially if extended periods of time are spent in extremely low temperatures.
Electrical burns are commonly encountered by electricians working with faulty electrical equipment, or through negligent activity such as failing to turn off the power before working on an electrical component.
However, electrical burns can also be sustained by general employees, especially if equipment has a fault that hasn’t been fixed.
Working with hazardous substances is dangerous by nature, which is why protective equipment should be worn at all times to prevent the opportunity for any accident to occur.
However, many chemicals cause a serious reaction when coming into contact with skin or even clothing material. This can result in serious burn damage to the skin, even if the substance is washed off as quickly as possible.
Radiation burns can occur for many reasons; from working in an area which has been subjected to a high level of radiation, to undergoing radiotherapy treatment.
Radiation burns act very much like sunburn, but can often slowly get worse over time until the radiation has been fully absorbed into the skin.
Sunburn is a form of radiation burn, and can be sustained if a person is required to work out in the sun with very little protection from the sun’s rays.
Friction burns are caused when the skin is rubbed against a surface constantly. They can also be referred to as chafing, and the most common friction burns are rope burns and carpet burns.
Scalds are a little different to burns. Instead of being the result of the skin coming into contact with a hot surface, scalds are a result of skin coming into contact with wet heat. Hot liquids such as water and oil are considered to be wet heat sources, and steam can also cause scalds.
Serious Damage Caused By Burns and Scalds
Depending on the severity of the burn, further damage to the body can occur. This can include:
- Nerve damage
- Tendon, ligament and muscle damage
- Loss of sight
Effects of burns can also last a long time after the burn injury occurs. Burn victims often experience prolonged, intense pain, mobility issues and psychological damage. It can often take several years to recover from a burn injury – if at all in some cases.
If you have sustained a scald or burn injury that wasn’t your fault, or was a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to win compensation for your serious burn injury claims.
For more information about submitting your claim, contact us today on 01772562084 or complete our scald and burn injury compensation claim form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.