Most of us have suffered scalds and minor burns in the home from time to time. However, if you suffer them in other circumstances, such as in your workplace or in an accident elsewhere, there might be a possibility you could make a compensation claim for those injuries.
Burns and scalds can range from being relatively minor in nature to very severe and even life-threatening, especially when the burns go deep into the skin and affect bone and muscle. While burns can come from fire and from machinery that becomes hot during use, you can also get a burn from something that is extremely cold. Friction burns are also possible, as are burns caused by radiation.
How can you tell if you have a chance to get burns and scalds compensation?
The basic rule of thumb here is to determine whether someone else caused your burns or scalds to occur. For example a lack of health and safety rules in the workplace could mean you end up being injured through negligence. The simple presence of personal protective equipment could prevent you from being burned or scalded, so if your employer does not provide this they could be found negligent.
In other cases burns and scalds compensation has been paid out following a road accident. In serious collisions one or more cars can go up in flames, causing burns to the people who are inside.
As you can see, it is always important to try and minimise the chances of anyone being injured through the presence of anything at extreme temperatures. Even if the injuries do not involve fire, we have learned that the presence of hot machinery or chemicals at a very low temperature can just as easily cause burns to occur.
Can you receive compensation for your injuries?
It may not always be easy to tell whether you have a good chance of getting compensation. This is why we would encourage you to call Accident Advice Helpline.
When you do so you will be put through to an adviser with a significant amount of experience in assessing such claims.
If they feel you have a promising chance of getting compensation, they will match you up with one of our law experts.
Take the first step today and call 0800 689 0500 now. Once you do this you can find out whether you could indeed make a claim.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead