Welcome to our guide on using our burn injury compensation calculator. Did someone cause you to be involved in an accident because of a breach of duty of care? Did you sustain a burn injury as a result of the accident you were involved in? If so, you could have grounds to claim compensation.
Burn injuries can be extremely painful and may increase your risk of experiencing an infection. Furthermore, burn injuries can result in severe visible scarring on the affected area. Not only can this affect you physically, for example, by making it painful for you to move the affected area, but it may also cause you psychological distress.
Calculating Compensation For Burns And Scalds
Our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions. Additionally, they can assess whether you have a valid claim. If you do, they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor who can take you through the next steps.
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- A Guide To Using A Burn Injury Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Burn Injury?
- What Could Your Payout Compensate You For?
- Types And Causes Of Burn Injuries
- Burn Injury Statistics
- What Care Costs Could My Payout Include?
- How To Check Your Settlement With a Burn Injury Compensation Calculator
- What Payout Could I Expect For Burns Or Scalds?
- Burn Injury Compensation Calculator
- Could You Claim Burn Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Claim Agreement?
- Get Free Advice About Your Case
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- FAQs On Burn Injury Compensation Claims
Burn injuries can leave long-lasting damage, which can cause physical and emotional harm. Our guide will be taking you through how to use a personal injury calculator to get an accurate estimate of your claim value.
Furthermore, we’ll be looking at the benefits of claiming with a solicitor and how to avoid upfront costs associated with legal representation through a No Win No Fee agreement. We will also look at how a legal professional could value your compensation.
Additionally, if you’re looking to understand if you have a valid claim, we’ll be exploring the different causes of burn injuries and how someone could be liable for an accident. We’ll also examine the duty of care owed to you in a number of different circumstances.
If you have any questions whilst reading, don’t forget to contact our team at any point on the number above. Otherwise, read on for more information on burn injuries.
A burn or scald injury can cause various side effects depending on how severe it is. However, some common symptoms that the NHS suggests you might experience include:
- Red or peeling skin
- Skin that’s white or charred
The different types of burns can affect the symptoms you may experience. For example, you can experience a:
- Superficial epidermal (first degree) burn– where the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) is damaged. This kind of burn may cause red skin that is slightly painful and swollen.
- Superficial dermal (second degree) burn – where part of the layer of tissue underneath the skin (the dermis) is damaged. A burn of this nature will also affect the epidermis. There may be small blisters, and the skin will be pink and painful.
- Partial-thickness or deep dermal burn- where the dermis and epidermis are damaged. This kind of burn could be dry or moist, and you may experience pain or no pain at all.
- Full-thickness (third-degree) burn– where the dermis, epidermis and the subcutis (a deeper layer of tissue and fat) are damaged. The skin might be pale or blackened, and the skin remaining may be dry and white or brown or black. The skin may have a leathery or waxy texture.
You may also experience a “fourth degree” burn. This is where all layers of the skin are affected as well as muscle or bone.
Furthermore, the symptoms can vary even more depending on if you have a chemical burn, electrical burn or a scald from boiling liquid. You should always seek medical attention for a chemical or electrical burn or for any burn that causes your skin to be white and charred.
The compensation you may be awarded will cover the physical and mental suffering you’ve endured due to your injuries under general damages. These will also consider the impact the injury has had on your quality of life and how long it will take you to recover.
In addition, you may be able to claim compensation for any past or future financial losses incurred as a direct result of your injury. This might include loss of earnings, travel expenses, care costs or medical expenses and is referred to as special damages.
However, it’s important to note that evidence is vital when claiming compensation. It helps to prove you suffered an accident that caused the injuries you’re claiming for. For general damages, evidence you’ll need might include:
- CCTV or dashcam footage
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Police reports
- Medical reports
- Pictures of the injuries
For special damages, you will require receipts, payslips and invoices to prove any financial losses you may have.
If you’re unsure of the types of evidence you need to build a valid claim, contact our team for help and advice.
A burn or scald injury could inflict not only physical damage but emotional damage, too. If this is the case, you can claim any emotional distress that was incurred due to the injury. These will be calculated under general damages.
If you’re wondering, ‘What is the most common cause of burn-related injuries?’, this can be a difficult question to answer. There isn’t one overarching cause of burn injuries.
For that reason, we have included examples of the different ways that burn injuries might happen as the result of a breach of duty of care. This may help you understand whether you have a valid claim.
First Degree Burns
A first-degree burn affects the outer layer of the skin and is considered a minor burn injury. However, it can still be painful and can cause reddening of the skin.
This type of burn could have been caused by the skin coming into contact with hot water. For instance, an employer may be aware of a faulty tap producing extremely hot water. If they didn’t make employees aware, causing someone to suffer a minor burn, they could be held liable for the work injury that occurs as a result.
Second Degree Burns
A second-degree burn causes damage to the lower layer of the skin, just under the outer layer. It can cause symptoms such as red, painful and blistered skin, as well as swelling to the affected area.
There are a few ways a second-degree burn could happen, for example:
- A buffet-style restaurant providing no warning of hot surfaces for customers serving themselves
- A fire breaks out in a shop, and the fire exits are blocked, resulting in someone being injured
Third Degree Burns
A third-degree burn is one of the most severe types of burn and can cause damage to all layers of the skin. The symptoms may include white or charred skin and pain or numbness.
This kind of burn could occur if your employer asks you to carry dangerous chemicals that aren’t stored properly. This could result in you experiencing a third-degree chemical burn if the lid came off the container and the contents spilt on you.
Hot Liquid Burns
A burn from hot liquid could occur from spilling a hot drink, which could happen through no fault of anyone else. However, there are situations that someone else’s negligence may cause.
For example, there was an instance where a chef slipped in the kitchen and, in an attempt to steady himself, ended up pulling a vat of hot oil over himself as he fell. He suffered severe burns to the lower parts of his body. Another member of staff also suffered severe burns in an attempt to help him out of the oil.
This was a direct result of the employer failing to provide slip-resistant footwear or use slip-resistant tiles. Additionally, the court found the employer guilty of poor cleaning and maintenance as the floors had been mopped while people were still in the kitchen, putting employees more at risk of a slip.
Burns Caused By Fires And Smoke
Statistics from the Home Office highlight that of the primary fires that occurred in dwellings in 2019/20, 1,494 of them were caused by chip or fat pans. “Primary fires” are defined as ones that meet at least one of the following conditions:
- Happened in a non-derelict building, vehicle or outside structure
- Involved casualties, fatalities or rescues
- Attended by 5+ pumping appliances
Other causes of fires that could inflict a first, second or third-degree burn include:
- An oil spill on the road causing vehicles in a car accident to catch on fire
- Improper training for employees using blowlamps, cutting and welding equipment
Chemical and acid burns
There are various ways you could have suffered an acid or chemical burn. For instance:
- Contact with chemicals due to your employer failing to provide the correct clothing.
- A public swimming pool not taking care to check the levels of chlorine in the water before allowing the public to swim in it, resulting in burns
An electrical burn can cause symptoms such as muscle weakness, shortness of breath or pain throughout the body. They can occur through someone breaching their duty of care towards you. For instance:
- An employer failing to adopt a health and safety procedure in a kitchen leading to exposure of live wires or plugs left where liquid can spill on them
- Your employer failing to carry out necessary risk assessments to prevent injuries to construction workers who may have to work with live wires as part of their job
According to the World Health Organisation, there are 180,000 deaths every year caused by burns. Furthermore, burns occur mainly in the home or workplace.
With regards to the workplace, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations recorded the following burn injuries in 2019/20:
- 1,679 non-fatal burns
- 2 fatal burns
The graph below highlights figures for non-fatal injuries in various kinds of accidents that could have resulted in a burn injury. It is important to note that these statistics relate to burn injuries overall, and not just those that are related to negligence.
Each personal injury claim allows you to claim additional damages incurred as a direct result of your injury. For instance, any costs of care that were needed after your injury could be included in your claim.
There are many situations in which you may have needed additional care, such as:
- Sustaining an injury that caused long term damage and the need for full-time care
- Having children that you could not provide care for as a result of your injuries, meaning that you had to rely on a childminder or gracious care from loved ones
- Suffering an injury that stopped you from providing care to an elderly parent, so you needed to pay someone to provide this.
Additionally, you could claim for the costs of any home or vehicle adaptations that you need to cope with your injuries. You could also claim back the cost of physical aids such as walking sticks or wheelchairs that may be needed but that you cannot get on the NHS.
Our compensation payout calculator can provide a fast and accurate estimate of the settlement figure you may receive during the claims process. It provides a figure for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your injury. It can also look at whether you could claim any loss of earnings.
The settlement figure our calculator provides should only be used as a guide, as the actual offer you receive may vary. However, it’s important to note that if you don’t want to accept the first offer you’re given, you aren’t obligated to do so. Instead, you could make a counteroffer.
The calculator does consider whether you may have any loss of earnings, but it doesn’t account for any other special damages you may have incurred. However, you can contact our advisors for help working out the special damages that could be added to your settlement figure.
Our personal injury calculator provides figures based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), a document legal professionals can use to value claims. It contains guideline compensation brackets for a range of different injuries of varying severities.
Additionally, you will usually be invited to attend an independent medical assessment. This will provide a medical report on the state of the injuries you sustained and can assess if there has been any long term damage inflicted. It will also confirm that your injuries were caused by the accident you were involved in.
Additionally, a solicitor may also add any special damages to the figure provided for general damages. Together they may form your total compensation award.
Our table below provides figures, based on the JCG, of specific burn injuries and how much compensation you could claim for them. Please be aware that these are just guidelines, and you aren’t guaranteed to receive any of the amounts listed below.
|Fatal Injury||Where the injured person has sustained burns and lung damage and is then fully aware for a short period of time. Their consciousness levels will fluctuate for between four and five weeks. Death will occur within a couple of weeks up to 3 months.||£11,770 to £22,350|
|Fatal Injury||Where the injured person is in excruciating pain but are unconscious after 3 hours. Death will occur within 2 weeks.||£9,870 to £10,010|
|Facial Disfigurement||Where a relatively young claimant (in their teens or early 20s) has facial scarring that is very disfiguring and causes a severe psychological reaction.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Facial Disfigurement||Where there is a significant psychological reaction to substantial disfigurement||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Facial Disfigurement||Where the effect of the scarring is minor||£1,600 to £3,310|
|Burn Injury||Burn injuries are often regarded as more serious as they may cause a greater deal of pain. The award within this bracket will depend on how much of the body is affected by the burns, the cosmetic reaction and the psychological impact.||Likely to exceed £98,380|
If your injury isn’t listed, you can use our compensation payout calculator to get an estimate of your claim instead. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding compensation, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.
You may want the support and guidance of a personal injury solicitor to help you in your claim, but be apprehensive about paying upfront legal fees with no guarantee that your claim will be successful.
However, our advisors could connect you with a solicitor who can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your solicitor fails to win your case, you won’t pay solicitor fees. You also won’t be asked to pay anything while the claims process is still ongoing.
If your solicitor is successful, you’ll pay a legally capped success fee. However, this will be agreed upon between you and your solicitor before your claim starts.
If you would like to know more about No Win No Fee agreements or see if you could be represented on this basis, why not give our team a call today? They will be happy to discuss your case with you and assess the value of your claim.
Our advisors are here to help by providing you with free legal advice and answering any questions regarding your claim. They can provide further clarification on whether your case is valid by looking at the evidence you’ve obtained to prove liability.
Additionally, they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel who can take you through the next steps of your claim.
For further help and advice, contact us by:
- Calling on 0800 408 7826
- Chatting with us on live chat
- Sending us an enquiry; we’ll get back to you at a time convenient to you
Although we’ve tried to make our calculator easy for you to use, you can still contact us if you have any issues trying to work out your compensation.
Our advisors can take you through the questions step by step to get you an accurate estimate for the compensation you could claim. Additionally, they can assess whether you could add any additional damages to your claim.
Don’t forget, we’re here to help, so get in touch for advice on accidents at work, compensation examples and much more.
Visit the Child’s Burns Trust for some helpful information on burn prevention.
See the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 if you’re an employee who has suffered a burn due to your employer breaching their duty of care.
For medical advice on burn recovery, see the NHS website.
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We have answered some common questions frequently asked about making a burn injury compensation claim.
When should I go to the hospital for a burn on my hand?
If you have suffered a burn injury to your hand, you should follow advice on the NHS website or seek advice from a medical professional. The NHS website also offers guidance on when you should visit the hospital following a burn.
How to prove who was at fault?
Evidence is vital in proving liability in a personal injury claim. This might include CCTV footage, pictures, witness details and medical evidence.
What if a child suffered a burn injury?
If your child has suffered a burn injury, you may be able to claim on their behalf by acting as a litigation friend. While they are underage, the general 3-year time limit to making a personal injury claim is suspended. Once they turn 18, they have three years to make their own claim if one hasn’t already been made.
What if I don’t know the full extent of my injuries?
If you are unsure of the full extent of your injuries, you can visit a doctor or the hospital for a medical assessment. You may also be invited to attend an independent medical assessment which will provide a medical report detailing the state of your injuries.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to use a burn injury compensation calculator. We hope you have found it helpful.
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