Burns can range from fairly minor burns to ones that are far more severe. They can occur in all kinds of different ways but thankfully school burn injuries occur far less often than some other more common burns. They might potentially occur if someone is served very hot food, especially if the person in question is a child. In other cases they may occur to staff working at the school. For example an individual might be working in the kitchen and spill hot liquid or food on themselves. This could cause a burn or a scald depending on the situation.
Accident Advice Helpline is experienced in dealing with cases like this when they come to our attention. In some instances it may be proven that negligence was the cause of the incident, and school burn injuries might therefore, sometimes lead to compensation for individuals who have been affected by such injuries.
How serious might a burn be?
It all depends on the temperature of the liquid or item that is spilt or dropped onto the skin. It also depends how long it is in contact with the skin for. In any event it is essential to get immediate first aid as this can minimise the symptoms experienced and the extent of the burn. The course of action taken could depend on how the burn was caused, since some items might cause a different reaction to others and stay on the skin for longer.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide advice to anyone who finds themselves in this situation. We have taken calls from parents whose children have experienced a burn of some kind while at school. As we mentioned before, school burn injuries are very rare indeed but they are still very serious for those who suffer from them.
Determining whether negligence is a factor
In some cases it could be proven that negligence has led to the burn taking place. There are clear rules and regulations regarding health and safety in the workplace, and these rules apply when in schools as well. In some cases food hygiene regulations may also cover this area, but in any event it is essential to know whether you have a case.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you work out whether a no win, no fee* compensation claim could be possible. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen