Any kind of burn can be a bad one and one that may affect the way you live your life for a while as it heals. However some burns can be worse than others. Burns to the feet can be particularly problematic as you may be unable to walk properly or wear shoes for a period of time. The extent of recovery will depend on how severe the burns are, such as whether they are first- or second-degree burns for instance.
Burns to the feet can potentially occur in all kinds of ways but there are instances where they might happen at work. For example there might be the potential for someone to be working in a fish and chip shop and for boiling oil to be spilled on their feet. This can burn quickly through their footwear and go onto their skin, causing nasty burns as a result.
How can burns of this kind be minimised?
In any workplace risk assessments should take place regularly to highlight any potential dangers that might be present. When these are highlighted in an assessment, appropriate steps should then be taken to ensure the dangers are mitigated and no longer pose any threat. For example in relation to boiling oil there should be clear procedures in place that ensure the oil cannot be spilled on anyone in the area.
Unfortunately while the vast majority of employers take every possible step to ensure their workers are safe in such situations, there are occasions when this doesn’t happen. If an employer neglects his or her duties under the health and safety laws, anyone who does suffer burns or other injuries at work might have good cause to claim compensation.
Finding out more about your injuries
Obviously you will seek medical advice regarding any burns to the feet you suffer while working with hot oil in some way. However you should then think about whether to seek advice regarding who was to blame for the accident as well. If negligence can be sought and proven you may well have a good case.
Call us here at Accident Advice Helpline today to learn more. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and you have a chance to see whether a no win, no fee claim could result in compensation at some stage for you in the near future.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen