Compensation claims for a burn injury
Burn injuries are some of the most serious types of injuries a person can sustain, and like head and brain injuries, can have life-changing consequences or even cause death. Like all injuries, burn injuries have different levels of severity, from small scalds to third-degree burns, but all can have serious consequences on a person’s quality of life.
Despite their severity, burn injuries are fairly common, and it is estimated that around 175,000 people every year in Britain visit A&E departments because of a burn, with nearly 10% of these people requiring treatment in a specialist burns unit. Burn injuries are particularly common amongst children, with 37,000 children a year suffering from some degree of burn injury; 76% of these children are aged under five.
If you have suffered a burn injury through someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim to help you overcome your injuries, or recover any lost income as a result of your injuries. Our personal injury solicitors can also help you claim compensation on behalf of a child should they suffer a burn injury because of someone else’s negligence.
Making a burn injury compensation claim
If you’ve suffered a burn injury, our team of experienced personal injury solicitors is here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. We understand that no amount of compensation will help you overcome the trauma you may have experienced, but it will help ease any financial worries you may have.
The process for burn injury compensation claims is similar to many other forms of injury claim, but before contacting a professional claims management firm, you should ensure that you visit a doctor and receive any medical care required. Once you are happy that you have recovered sufficiently to start a compensation claim, we recommend that you provide your solicitor with as much information as possible. You’ll need to supply medical records which show the extent of your injury as this will help the solicitor better understand the level of compensation you’re likely to be awarded.
In addition to your medical records, it would significantly improve the chances of winning your claim if you could supply the contact details of any witnesses. You should also try and supply pictures of the accident scene; if the injury was sustained in a public location, you should also try and obtain any police records. Finally, if the injury has resulted in a loss of earnings and increased expenditure, you should supply any recent financial records which detail the additional expenses you’ve incurred.
If you’re claiming against your employer or a private or publicly-owned company, your claim will be against their insurers. Once we have assessed your claim, we will discuss with you an appropriate level of compensation, and we will advise the other party of this amount. If the other party admits liability, you will receive the amount of compensation agreed upon. If the other party denies liability, the claim will go before a judge where we will fight on your behalf to win you compensation – the amount may differ depending on the judge’s decision.
How much compensation will you receive for a burn injury?
As with all personal injury claims, the level of compensation awarded will differ on a case-by-case basis, and will be determined based on the severity of your injury. In less severe cases, compensation payouts are estimated at around £6,000-£10,000, while the most severe burn injuries typically receive payouts of £64,000 or more.
At Fonseca Law, we’re here to help you! If you’ve suffered a burn injury through no fault of your own, please do get in touch with us today on 0800 156 0770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into our offices in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.