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Burn injury claims

In the UK the number of burns-related deaths averages 300 a year. Serious burns and scalds are damage to the skin and can result in life-changing injuries. Burns are caused by dry heat, such as from a fire, while scalds are caused by wet heat, such as steam or hot water.  Both types of injury can result in serious scars.
Burn and scalding injuries can happen in a number of settings:
  • House fires
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Transport disasters, including train crashes
  • Explosions, firework and public displays
  • In the workplace
  • In a care setting 
  • When using dangerous consumer products, including household chemicals
  • In a terrorist attack

If you’ve lost a loved one because of a fire, or you yourself have suffered a serious burn or scald, it can be an incredibly traumatic experience for all those involved. Many people who are injured in this way suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which can have a significant effect on day to day life after the event.

With any injury suffered or death due to negligence, you may be owed compensation from those responsible to help support rehabilitation and offer some sense of justice. 

With a serious burn injury, the person who suffered the injuries will likely make a claim (when they are of sound body and mind to do so). Where they lack the mental capacity to bring the claim, a close family member or friend may be appointed their litigation friend

With a fatal accident claim, the claim will be made by the executor or administrator of the estate. 

Our expert team of burn injury lawyers are proven experts in serious injury claims. Our team cares deeply about their clients, and provides a human touch when dealing with such sensitive cases. We understand the difficulties you face, coping with grief and financial worries, and support you through these hard times. 

Ready to talk? Contact our team of expert burn injury lawyers to discuss your claim. Call 020 7650 1309 or

Causes of burn or scald accidents 

Burn and scald injuries can happen in a number of places and will often be due to negligence on the part of an individual, organisation or manufacturer. This can include lapses in health and safety standards and the manufacture of faulty domestic appliances or consumer products.

Some of the main causes that lead to burn, scalding or scarring claims include:
  • House fires – house fires can result in serious long-term burn injuries and fatalities
  • Transport disasters – car, train or motorbike collisions can result in fatalities and life-changing injuries 
  • Workplace accidents – a lack of suitable protective equipment, poor training and planning can be the cause of serious burn injuries, including chemical and electrical burns. 
  • Travel and traffic – Road traffic collisions can lead to serious burn injuries and death. There were 1,784 reported road deaths across Great Britain in 2018. Whether you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian or other road user, if the accident was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation. 

Types of burn injuries

Thankfully, not all serious burn injuries result in a fatality. However, those involved can still suffer traumatic injuries that significantly affect their life and those of their loved ones. 

When the accident was caused by negligence on behalf of another individual or group, you may have a claim if you or a loved one has experienced any of the following serious injuries:
  • Third degree burns or full thickness burns which affect the deeper tissues of the body
  • Extensive scarring to the face or body, scar contractures occur when the skin ‘shrinks’ after a burn injury
  • Serious post traumatic stress disorder when the person who has suffered a burn injury relives the traumatic event that caused the burn
  • Smoke inhalation can lead to long-term breathing problems and lung damage leaving the person more vulnerable to respiratory illness.

Making a burn injury claim

To start a burn injury claim, call for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of you or your loved one’s case. Talk to a specialist burns injury solicitor within our personal injury team. They will listen to your case, ask any relevant questions for further information and advise you on whether you have a claim and what to do next. 

Depending on the circumstances, they may inform you of who is eligible to make the claim, what you need to do and what to expect if an inquest is required. Normally you have three years to bring fatal claims from the date of the death or when you realised injuries sustained in an accident caused their death.  If a burn injury or death occurs as a result of a defective product, for example a fridge-freezer or washing machine further time limits may apply, so it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Burn injury inquests

If you have lost a loved one and are involved in Inquest proceedings, it can be a daunting and a difficult process. At Leigh Day, we may be able to represent you at the inquest into your loved one’s death. 

What is required to support a serious burn injury claim?

You may need to gather evidence to support your claim. This can be to prove the accident happened, it caused any injuries or death, was due to negligence (where relevant), and to support any losses being claimed. 

Evidence can include:
  • Witness statements, CCTV or camera phone footage from scene of the incident 
  • Police reports, Fire Brigade investigation reports, and personal testimonies to highlight instances of negligence
  • Proof of purchase and any documentation relating to a faulty product, e.g. instruction manuals
  • Medical records, documents and statements that detail the serious injuries and/or cause of death  
  • Financial records and documents that show loss of earnings and costs incurred due to the accident
Discuss your case with one of our team today:
  • Call 020 7650 1309 and speak to one of our specialist burn injury solicitors or

Burn injury compensation

Every case is different, which means the amount of compensation you could receive will vary depending on its nature. The amount awarded aims to help your rehabilitation and/or cover the costs incurred by a loved one’s death.

In serious burn injury claims, compensation can be recovered for losses including:
  • Pain and suffering – for the injuries sustained, the treatment required and the long-term problems these will cause
  • Loss of earnings – whether the individual is unable to return to work, or to the same work, due to serious injury
  • Rehabilitation costs – Physical and psychological therapies, treatments and support required due to injury
  • Aids, equipment, medication costs – for items required due to the injury and for rehabilitation
  • Care and assistance – for the support provided by family and friends
  • Travel expenses – to and from medical appointments related to injuries sustained and rehabilitation 

No two cases are the same, so it is important to discuss the particular circumstances with your solicitor.

Why choose Leigh Day?

Our team of serious injury solicitors is highly experienced at working on sensitive cases relating to burn injuries. They will take great care to understand your circumstances and needs, supporting you through such a difficult time. 

We specialise in helping people affected by major transport disasters and accidents, successfully securing significant sums of compensation to help you rebuild your life. 

Burn injury claims: case studies

  • Partner and head of the personal injury department, Sally Moore represented a number of passengers involved in the Paddington train crash who suffered serious burns. She is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
  • Jill Paterson has represented numerous individuals who have suffered injuries in house fires and has supported many families at fire-related inquests. She has experience of claims relating to bomb injuries and burn and scar injuries from household products. She is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), co-ordinator of APIL’s Multi-Party Special Interest Group and a member of their consumer panel, Alliance for Injured People.
  • Partner Clare Campbell has represented numerous holiday makers who have sustained burn injuries on holiday including scalding injuries from hot drinks served on flights, chemical burns from Jacuzzis, and burn injuries resulting from serious road traffic accidents. She has also represented workers who have sustained burn injuries whilst working abroad including onboard oil rigs, tankers and ships.
  • Partner Thomas Jervis acted for the family of a severely disabled man who was burnt to death in a house fire allegedly caused by the failure of lithium ion batteries in a laptop. He is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
 “Jill Paterson is incredibly down to earth, and is always completely in control of every aspect of her cases. She is able to cut directly to the heart of a case, and knows exactly what needs to be done for her clients.” – Legal 500 2020 
Charities we work with include The Katie Piper Foundation. We also support the work of the London Fire Brigade through our sponsorship of a fire detection dog.

Contact Leigh Day to discuss any serious burn injury or fatal accident claim.

Call 020 7650 1309 or 

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