Even the mildest burn can be very painful and severe injuries can cause lifelong damage to the skin. If you’ve been burned as a result of accidents at work or you’ve sustained work-related injuries and you weren’t at fault, you may be able to claim work accident compensation.
Treating severe burn injuries
Many people risk burn injuries at work every day and employers must adhere to health and safety regulations in order to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related illnesses.
If you do suffer burns at work, here are some tips for treating severe burn injuries:
- stay clear of the heat source
- place the injured limb or body part under cool running water; do not apply ice or any lotions
- keep warm, but take care not to cover the affected area of skin with additional layers, such as blankets
- do not try and remove clothing that is stuck to the skin
- wrap the skin in cling film
- try to sit up, rather than lying down, as this will help to reduce swelling
- take painkillers to ease discomfort (always follow dosage instructions)
If you’re treating severe burn injuries, you will need professional help and hospital treatment. If you are able to get to your local Accident and Emergency department, make your way there as quickly as possible. If you are not able to, call 999 and wait for paramedics to arrive and assist you.
Claiming compensation for burn injuries
If you’ve sustained burn injuries at work as a result of an accident which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline. If your employer was negligent, for example, you were burned while using defective equipment and the incident took place in the last 3 years, our expert personal injury lawyers could help you to make a successful work injury claim.
We work on a no win, no fee* basis and we offer a simple and straightforward process. In most cases, our clients are not required to attend court proceedings and we can usually carry out consultations over the telephone. We have more than a decade of experience in the claims industry and our firm is endorsed by passionate consumer rights campaigner, Dame Esther Rantzen. To find out if you have a potential personal injury claim call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or visit our website.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown