Burn injury claims
If you have suffered a serious burn injury that wasn't your fault we can help.
If you have suffered a serious burn injury and it wasn't your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers can help you to investigate whether you have a claim whether you have a serious burn injury caused caused by dry heat, such as from a fire, or scalding caused by wet heat, such as steam or hot water.
We also represent people who have suffered smoke inhalation or have thankfully escaped injury but who have lost out financially from house fires caused by household appliances.
Burn and scalding injuries can happen in a number of settings, these include:
- House fires
- Road traffic collisions
- Transport disasters
- Explosions, firework and public displays
- In the workplace
- In a care setting
- When using dangerous consumer products, including household chemicals
- In a terrorist attack
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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
How to make a claim
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.
What is required for a serious burn claim
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.
Burn injury compensation
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
Who can bring a claim?
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.
Why choose Leigh Day?
We specialise in helping people affected by major transport disasters and accidents, successfully securing significant sums of compensation to help you rebuild your life.
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