If you’ve had an accident at work or you’ve been injured while cooking at home, it’s important to understand what to do to minimise the impact of burns and scalds. Burns tend to be incredibly painful and they can cause lasting damage to your skin. Here are three ways to treat a burn.
How to treat a burn
- First aid treatment for a burn: First aid treatment should be administered at the scene of a work accident. Hold the affected limb or part of the body under cold running water and remove any clothing or jewellery from the immediate area. Do not try and remove anything that is stuck to the skin when you treat a burn. If you do this, it will pull the skin away and cause even greater damage. Wrap the wound in cling film and make sure you keep the rest of the body warm to prevent hypothermia. It’s wise to treat a burn as quickly as possible after the incident.
- Painkillers: Burns and scalds are usually very painful. Taking painkillers can help to ease discomfort. When taking painkillers, make sure you follow the dosage instructions. If you’re offering help to somebody else, make sure that they are able to take the tablets you are providing. Aspirin should not be given to children under the age of 16 years old. If you’re unsure about anything, your GP or a pharmacist will be able to offer advice on how to treat a burn.
- Topical anaesthetic and antibiotics: If the skin is badly damaged and you’re in a lot of pain doctors may recommend topical anaesthetics to reduce discomfort. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent the wound from becoming infected.
Can I claim compensation for a burn?
If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t at fault, you have the right to claim compensation. If you suffered burns as a result of using defective equipment, for example, your employer should accept liability.
If the incident happened in the last three years, and you have evidence to demonstrate that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your case with a friendly advisor. We have more than 15 years of experience in the personal injury claims industry, and we could help you to claim the work accident compensation you deserve with minimal fuss.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out more about making a no-win no-fee claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice