burn injury claims
If you have suffered from a burn in an accident, whether you have been scalded by burning water or suffered chemical burns, we know how difficult it can be to cope on your own. The injury itself will be causing you pain and suffering but it can also place limitations on your lifestyle. In addition you may also be suffering from a loss of income which can add further strain to your situation. It is likely there will be scarring and cosmetic surgery, including skin grafts, can be required.
Our specialist burns injury solicitors can help you with everything, from claiming for your injury and your losses, such as loss of earnings and travel expenses, to arranging private medical treatment and rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and get your life back on track. Pursuing compensation for your personal injury is not something you have to do on your own, you need specialist advice. Trust us to help you.
About Burn Injuries Claims
Burns are a horrible type of injury to suffer from. We all have a primordial fear of flames and more often a psychological injury accompanies the physical injury and scarring. Some minor hot water scalds clear up within a number of months although sometimes over-sensitivity in that area may be permanent. Other burns though, such as chemical burns, can leave permanent visible scarring and may affect a person’s confidence.
We understand the distress and worry that you might be experiencing as a result of your injuries and although you may be feeling scared and alone, we are here to help by providing maximum support and access to leading treatments and therapies. We are here to help you redress the damage that has been done and although no amount of money can make up for what has happened we are committed to securing the maximum compensation available to support both your physical and emotional recovery.
A financial settlement can’t take away the pain or suffering you have been through but it is there to recognise the harm that has been done and to cover any costs and losses comfortably. Your compensation award is there to provide you with:
- Immediate medical treatment
- Long-term medical care for severe and long-lasting injuries
- Cosmetic surgery to repair scar tissues
- Protection against loss of earnings
- Recompense for any out of pocket expenses
The amount of compensation you are likely to receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact on your day-to-day life, livelihood and well-being. The largest sums are likely to be agreed for burns that have resulted in permanent scarring or disfigurement, particularly on the face, or injuries that are so severe that they have affected tendons, muscles and bones, potentially limiting long-term mobility in the affected areas.
About Serious Burns
Burn injuries can be particularly painful and upsetting, especially in instances where they have led to permanent disfigurement or scarring.
The most common causes of serious burn injuries include:
Road traffic accidents: Often caused by faulty equipment, heat exposure, contact with toxic chemicals and electrical items.
Accidents at work: Often the result of faulty equipment, inappropriate protective clothing, incorrect training, exposed electrical wires or improper insulation of electrical equipment.
Household accidents: Risks include scalding water from taps or kettles, faulty electrical devices, domestic appliances such as irons and ovens as well as cleaning and other household products.
Depending on the extent and severity of the burns sustained, your injuries will fall into one of four categories:
First Degree Burns
First degree burns are the mildest form of burn injury affecting only the first layer, or epidermis, of the skin. They are sometimes referred to as superficial burns and although they don’t usually require any medical treatment, if a large area of skin is affected they can be painful and may need to be seen by a doctor.
Second Degree Burns
Second-degree burns penetrate both the first and second layers of the skin, or the epidermis and dermis. Because the damage extends beyond the top or superficial layer of skin they are considered to be more serious than a first-degree burn and can cause pigment changes to the skin. In some of the most severe cases, a skin graft may be required.
Third Degree Burns
Third degree burns cause extensive damage throughout all the layers of the skin, causing nerve damage and other complications. Surgery will be required in all cases of third-degree burns to try and avoid extensive scarring and contracture or tightening of the skin.
Fourth Degree Burns
Fourth degree burns are so severe that they also affect the muscles, tendons or bones resulting in life-changing injuries.
Serious Injury Claim Expertise you can Trust
At PSR Solicitors, we regularly deal with some of the most challenging and complex cases and our experienced solicitors can help you with a wide range of burn injury claims such as:
- Chemical burns
- Hot water scalding
- Hot oil burns
- Hair dye burns
- Burns caused by fire in an accident
Widely recognised as the leading personal injury solicitors across North Wales and Cheshire, PSR Solicitors is accredited by the Law Society for personal injury services and has achieved the Lexcel Practice Management Standard for providing excellent legal services.
We are proud of our reputation as solicitors who truly care and we will draw on our exceptional levels of expertise and experience in this area to secure you the maximum compensation.
We will also advise on personal injury trusts, to protect your financial interests and will arrange for interim payments so that you aren’t out of pocket while your claim is settled.
Can I Claim if I have suffered Burn Injuries at Work?
Your employer is bound by law to protect you against accident or injury at work as detailed in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Legislation is clear about your employer’s responsibilities to provide:
- A safe working environment.
- Safe equipment.
- Thorough risk assessments and steps to limit or control any risks found.
- Adequate training and supervision especially with regard to handling hazardous equipment or substances.
- Suitable protective clothing.
- Information about potential hazards in the workplace including chemical substances, equipment or activity.
- Competent co-workers who won’t endanger you or others.
If your employer has not met their responsibilities and you suffer burns whilst carrying out your job, then you may be able to pursue a claim against them. We will help to ascertain any fault or negligence on their part and will build an effective case against them if they are found to be in breach of the law.
If you have been injured at work, the incident should be recorded in your company’s accident log as soon as possible and you should seek immediate medical treatment.
Many people worry about losing their job as a result of making a personal injury claim against their employer but the law is on the side and you are fully protected. It is illegal for your employer to make you redundant, harass you or create a hostile environment that makes you want to leave your job.
We can advise you on these matters to put your mind at ease and will support you at all stages.
How do I make a Claim for a Serious Burn Injury?
In order to pursue a compensation claim for a serious burn injury, we will need to know details of the incident, who you believe to be at fault and whether there were any witnesses. It is important that we understand exactly how your injuries affect your life, whether they are short-term or more permanent.
We will then be able discuss how likely it is that your claim will be successful, how much you are likely to receive and the next steps to take.
How can the Serious Injury Lawyers at PSR help?
So if you have suffered a burn injury in an accident and you want free advice on claiming compensation from a fully qualified personal injury solicitor then please contact us now.
Using one of our specialist solicitors ensures that you have a better chance of winning your claim and receiving all of the compensation and help that you are entitled to all on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won't have any legal costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful so No Win No Fee = No Risk To You.
Some legal firms don’t use qualified solicitors to deal with burn injury accident claims anymore, at PSR Solicitors however we believe that your case deserves special attention from a dedicated solicitor.
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As the premier law firm for personal injury claims across North Wales and Cheshire, and with offices in Colwyn Bay, Ellesmere Port, Rhyl, Shotton and Wrexham, you can contact us safe in the knowledge that one of our expert solicitors will take care of everything for you on a No Win No Fee basis, allowing you to carry on with your life whilst we proceed with your legal case.
So for more information and a no-obligation chat contact us today by phone or by completing the online enquiry form.
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