Anyone who has ever experienced a scald knows just how painful the injury can be. Scalds are not only nasty and excruciating but can also be a source of psychological pain and trauma. If the scalds are very severe, they may cause unsightly scarring, leading to the deterioration of a person’s quality of life.
If you have been the unfortunate victim of a scalding accident that was the fault of a third party, then you may be eligible to file a scalding claim against them. These scalding claims are often made against employers, manufacturers, and property owners.
Understanding scalding injuries
Scalds are types of burn injuries often caused by hot liquids or steam. These injuries can happen on any part of the body and may vary in severity. Serious scalds may result in muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve damage, permanent scarring, or even death.
The scars caused by scalds can contract and harden over time, causing reduced mobility in the victim and further psychological distress. In some cases, plastic or cosmetic surgery may be required.
Some of the most common scald injury claims relate to accidents on the roads, or in workplaces, schools, restaurants, cafeterias, and hotels. Others may be caused by accidents that happen during surgical procedures.
Scalding accidents in these locations usually occur due to defective equipment, unsafe systems, negligence, and carelessness by employees, lack of protective equipment, or due to inadequate safety training.
How much is my claim worth?
Scalding claims are a type of personal injury claim. The amount of money you claim as compensation depends on the following variables:
- The severity of your initial injury
- The damage done to your body including any scars left by the scalds
- Loss of earnings as a result of the accident
- The total cost of medical treatment and surgery (if necessary)
- Physical and psychological damage
Scalding compensation claims
It is important to confirm whether you are eligible to file a compensation claim for a scalding accident. You will be eligible to proceed with the claim as long as you were not responsible for the accident and it happened within the last three years. Additionally, you should have suffered injuries and sought treatment for them.
If your case fits these criteria, you should contact a company that can help you with your claim. A good example of such a company is Accident Advice Helpline. You can get in touch with us through our 24-hour helpline or by completing our online claim form. One of our trained advisers will contact you for a free consultation, in which we will go through the details of your claim and give advice on how to proceed.
We will also ensure that we introduce you to a reputable solicitor who is experienced in handling all manner of personal injury cases, including scalding claims. All our solicitors work on a 100% ‘no win no fee*’ basis so you will not need to pay anything to initiate the claim process. Furthermore, you will not have to pay for any services if your claim is unsuccessful.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown