Contact with hot surfaces and materials can cause burns or scalds and the longer the body is in contact with the hot object, the more severe the burn will be. When treating burns and scalds, you should assess how severe the injury is. For severe burns, you should cool the affected area straight away under cold running water for at least 10 minutes. Then dial 999 and make the patient as comfortable as possible. Pour plenty of cold water over the burn until pain is relieved and remove clothing, jewellery or their watch from the area. The burn should be covered with something clean and non-fluffy to prevent infection, such as kitchen film, a clean carrier bag or cloth.
For minor burns, the affected area should again be held under cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes. If the size of the burnt/scalded area is larger than the palm and fingers of the casualty’s hand, they’ll need medical attention. Remember when treating burns and scalds that deep burns of any size always need urgent treatment at hospital.
Have you suffered a burn or scald at work?
Burns and scalds can happen more easily than you might think in the workplace, but there should be a first-aider or person on hand to help you if this has happened to you. If you’ve been burned or scalded at work and you believe the treatment you received has made your injuries worse, you could find out about making a claim for personal injury compensation. For example, if you were told you didn’t need to leave work to go to hospital and your burn became infected as a result of not receiving medical treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim.
Can you claim compensation?
Accident Advice Helpline can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation, and we’ve helped hundreds of people claim the compensation they deserve after being burned or scalded at work. Contact us today and we will offer confidential advice; there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim, and we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so our services really are affordable to everyone. Because individual situations vary, we need to speak to you to discuss the circumstances of your injury in full before we can let you know if claiming compensation is a viable option for you, but you could take the 30-second test on our website right now, to find out how much you could claim. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline today to speak to a member of the team.