Call the personal injury specialists at Accident Advice Helpline for open fire injury advice and information on how you can make a compensation claim for an accident that was not your fault.
An open fire is always lovely to see during the winter when you go to pubs, hotels and other venues. However, as with any fire, there is a risk of injury if the person responsible for the fire is not careful. The most common injury from an open fire is a burn. A burn may be a painful, short-term injury or a serious, life-threatening injury. If it was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation.
A fire may cause an accident if there are problems with the chimney, and the owner has a responsibility to ensure that the chimney is kept clean. A dirty chimney increases the risk of chimney fires, which can cause terrible injuries such as burns and smoke inhalation.
The owner also has a responsibility to make sure the correct fuel is burnt on the fire. Even just burning wood that is too damp can result in sparks flying out of the grate. Fires must also be put out when not being supervised, as fires left to smoulder overnight are a leading cause of house fires.
I’ve had an injury. What should I do?
If you have been injured by an open fire, the first and most important thing to do is seek medical attention since both burns and smoke inhalation can be dangerous. Medical documentation of your injuries will be important evidence if you make a personal injury claim.
Record as many details as you can about the accident and try to get names and contact details of any witnesses. Also keep a record of any costs you incur as a result of your injury and your solicitor should be able to claim them back as part of your compensation package.
Personal injury claims must be made within three years of the accident. When you feel ready, call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24-hour helpline. Our trained advisers can give you free, no-obligation advice about the claims process and will be able to tell you if you are entitled to compensation.
If you decide to proceed your case will be handled by one of our expert lawyers who specialises in your injury type. They are committed to making the process as easy as possible and will hold consultations by phone when possible and may be able to settle your case without you appearing in court. They will work on a no win, no fee* basis, so there are no further upfront costs for you to worry about.
Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. You can also use our 30-second compensation calculator to find out almost immediately how much compensation you are likely to be able to claim. Call us and get expert open fire injury advice and start your claim for compensation today.