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Burn injury at work - compensation claims

Burns are a common hazard to employees in workplaces across the UK. Burn injuries at work are not limited to accidents caused by fire or heat, they can also be caused by exposure to chemicals, extreme cold or even friction, electricity and radiation.

If you have been burned during the course of your employment due to the negligence of somebody else, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you would like to speak to a member of our specialist workplace accidents team call us on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact, you directly.

 

Burn injury solicitors

Our specialist burn injury solicitors have years of experience when it comes to dealing with work accident compensation claims. As personal injury lawyers, we have been recognised as a top tier law firm in the Legal 500 a prestigious legal directory. We are also accredited for personal injury for the Law Society.

At Stephensons, we understand that sustaining a burn injury at work can have life-changing effects – not only can you be permanently scarred, serious burns can mean you can no longer work or return to the same job. You may also face a loss of earnings due to having to take time off work, face a pay cut if you cannot return to the same role and you may also occur out of pocket expenses as a result of your accident.

Our experienced accident at work solicitors always asks for the maximum amount of compensation for your injury and circumstances. We will always keep you informed help you to move on from a burn injury at work. While many people may feel uncomfortable about taking legal action against their employer, it is important to remember that you cannot be fired for making a compensation claim, you are entitled to make a burn injury at work compensation claim if the accident was not your fault and that your employer has insurance to cover such instances. Also, if your burn injury was a result of poor health and safety practice, then exposing these problems can help make the workplace safer for all employers. Whether you are a chef, working with materials at high temperatures or harmful chemicals if you have sustained a burn injury at work then you may be able to claim compensation, contact our expert work accident solicitors today.

Burn injury at work: employer’s responsibility

Most workplace burns can be prevented if adequate measures are put in place by an employer. While some jobs are of a higher risk than others, your employer has the duty to ensure you are safe whilst at work, and must ensure that the following has been completed:

  • An adequate risk assessment is in place
  • Personal protective equipment has been provided, if required
  • You are provided with a safe system of work
  • You are provided with adequate instructions on how to use equipment

Common causes of burns in the workplace

There are many ways a burn injury can happen at work, here are some examples:

  • Coming into contact with hot equipment or machinery
  • Hot surfaces being exposed
  • Handling hot liquids without having the correct protection
  • Coming into contact with corrosive chemicals
  • Being exposed to fire without proper protection
  • Receiving electric shocks from faulty electrically charged items

Common consequences of burn injuries

Burns can range for superficial temporary scarring to serious damage that can change a life as well as cause lifelong scarring. Here are some examples of common consequences of burn injuries at work:

  • Burnt flesh
  • Facial or bodily scarring
  • Psychological effects
  • Tendon, ligament or muscle damage
  • Requirement for skin grafts
  • Requirement for scar revision surgery

Our team of dedicated solicitors are experts in dealing with a wide range of accidents at work involving burns. We understand how severe burns and scars can affect your confidence and self-esteem. We will investigate your claim and ensure that you receive the rehabilitation you need to assist your recovery.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about making a claim for compensation following a burn in the workplace call us today on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact, you directly.

Burn injury at work compensation FAQS

For more information on burn injury at work compensation read our FAQs below:

How to claim compensation for an accident at work that involves a burn injury?

Burn injuries at work fall under personal injury legislation and the most effective way of claiming compensation is to contact a specialist work accident solicitor. Our solicitors are experts in this field and will be at your side throughout the whole process. Once you contact one of our solicitors and we've established that you have a claim, we will then work to gather the evidence needed to prove your claim. You will also need to see a medical expert, to establish the severity of the injuries and what your needs will be going forward. This will also help us calculate your compensation claim. We will also be asking those responsible for your accident if they accept liability, if they do, the process tends to be quick. However, if they do not accept liability then the claim may take longer and may end up in court – though this is very unlikely.

Burn injury at work compensation: how much will I get?

The amount of compensation you may receive for a burn injury at work will be dependent on the following factors:

  • The seriousness of your injury
  • The amount of out of pocket expenses occurred (this can include any medical bills and other costs such as transport and medical equipment)
  • Loss of earnings
  • The kind of treatment or rehabilitation that will be needed in the future to help your recovery

We will always strive to award you with the maximum amount of compensation. For a rough idea of what you may get take a look at our compensation calculator.

How long after a burn accident at work can I claim?

As accidents at work fall under personal injury, you will have three years from the date of the accident or the date of knowledge of the injury, to start your claim. If you have had a burn injury at work in the last three years, then contact our work injury solicitors as soon as possible on 01616 966 229.

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