If you have been involved in a kitchen fire caused by a chip pan you may well find yourself in need of chip pan fire accident counselling. Well over 4,000 people are injured in chip pan fires in the UK every year, many of them seriously. Fire injuries are extremely traumatic, and the psychological after-effects can be almost as severe as the physical damage. Counselling can help you come to terms with what has happened, and to begin the process of rebuilding your life, but it can be expensive. If you are thinking of making a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline, we will include the cost of counselling sessions in any financial package we try to secure for you.
How chip pan fires happen
A chip pan fire can spread out of control in a matter of seconds. Generally caused by overfilling the pan with oil and / or leaving it unattended, the flames can leap from the pan and set fire to curtains, clothing or any flammable object in the vicinity. If you attempt to put out the flames with water you will most likely cause an explosive fireball, and the smoke from a chip pan fire can quickly render you unconscious, even as the flames devour everything in their path.
Why you might need counselling
Burns and fire injuries are particularly painful and traumatic. They can leave the victim with recurring nightmares of being trapped in a smoke filled room, unpredictable feelings of panic or anxiety, long-term depression and many other psychological symptoms. If you have been permanently scarred by your accident then counselling can be essential in helping you to come to terms with this, and in rebuilding your self-esteem and self-confidence. Talking through what happened with a professional counsellor can bring your fears and anxieties to the surface, which is the first step on the way to disarming them.
Counselling is available on the NHS in the UK, and your doctor can prescribe it. He or she should be able to recognise signs of stress while he is treating you for the physical injuries from your chip pan fire accident, but you should not be afraid to mention your anxieties to the doctor. NHS counselling is free, but often has a long waiting time; as it is important to deal with your problems as soon as possible, you may choose to seek private counselling. This is generally available sooner, but will probably be expensive. However, Accident Advice Helpline can include any counselling costs in with a compensation package, provided you are making a claim based on the negligence of a third party causing your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline cannot refer you for counselling or provide a counselling service, but we do have years of experience in successfully pursuing compensation claims for people injured in accidents at work or at home that were not their fault. Call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to one of sympathetic and trained advisors. They will give you the option of contacting one of our expert lawyers, all of whom work on a no win, no fee* basis. You can reach us by calling 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown