Burns are amongst the most common types of injuries sustained in accidents and a burn causes serious skin damage, leading to skin cell death. There are three different types of burns ranging from first- to third-degree burns, and if you have suffered serious burns, you may be left scarred or with serious tissue damage. Claiming burn injury compensation is an option that’s open to those who have been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, whether a manufacturer has provided you with a faulty electrical product or an employer hasn’t provided you with training when working with dangerous chemicals.
Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim burn injury compensation if somebody else is liable for your injuries. Even if you’re struggling financially after taking time off work to recover from your accident, you can afford to claim personal injury compensation, as our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
What’s caused your burns?
As mentioned above, there are three different types of burns: first-, second- and third-degree:
- First-degree burns lead to red skin, with no blisters
- Second-degree burns cause blisters and thickening of the skin
- Third-degree burns can cause white, leathery skin, a charred appearance and thickened skin
There are also a number of different causes for burns, such as:
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Scalded by hot or boiling liquid
- Sun exposure
Whilst first-degree burns may just cause redness, pain and swelling, a third-degree burn extends through every layer of skin and may not be the most painful type of burn. This is because third-degree burns usually cause nerve damage, leading to numbness. It’s vital to seek emergency medical treatment for second- and third-degree burns, as there is the risk of complications.
Have you suffered complications?
Complications from burns could include shock, blood loss or infection such as tetanus or sepsis. It’s even possible to suffer from hypothermia after sustaining severe burns and you may be left with scars on your body, hands, arms, legs or face. If you’ve suffered scarring, this can affect your confidence, leading to conditions such as anxiety, depression or even agoraphobia. So when you make a claim for personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline will take into account how your injuries have affected your quality of life, now and in the future. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert personal injury advisors today.
Date Published: September 25, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton