Suffering a burn is never an easy experience. The more severe the burn is, the more serious the damage could be. Most burns will leave some kind of scar but clearly a severe burn will leave a more significant one. It is difficult to imagine then how hard it would be to suffer burns to the face, especially when they were not your fault but the fault of someone else.
Exploring the details of an incident like this is important if an individual wishes to determine whether negligence played a role in causing the injury to occur. Negligence means that someone did not do their duty in preventing the circumstances that caused the burn from occurring in the first place. This could potentially mean someone has not followed health and safety procedures at work. Alternatively it could mean someone caused a car accident that caused burns to occur to an innocent victim.
How should burns to the face be treated?
All burns should be treated in the same manner. Cooling the burn can help prevent any further damage being done to the affected portion of skin. Any piercings should be removed if they are near the site of the burn, but you should not remove them if they are at the site, as they may bring away more skin with them. Seeking urgent medical attention is always a good idea. It will also provide a record of what happened and what treatment was required.
Accident Advice Helpline has certainly had experience of incidents where people have spoken to us about burns they sustained through the negligence of someone else. Potential hazards can lead to burns like this, and in many cases they could easily have been prevented had the right steps been taken.
Obviously any injury or scar that is visible can mean the person affected is self-conscious about it. Having a burn on your face means it will always be there whenever you look in the mirror.
If you have suffered such burns and there is evidence someone else was negligent in causing them to happen, do call Accident Advice Helpline. We operate a free 24/7 enquiry line which means you can get through to us on 0800 689 0500. Call within three years of your accident and we’ll see whether we can help you make a compensation claim on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown